Beeswax Hat by Amy van de Laar
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Beeswax Hat

June 2014
DK (11 wpi) ?
21 stitches = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
150 - 170 yards (137 - 155 m)
One size (20"-24" head), plus suggestions for resizing
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Bees are exceptionally clever creatures. Honeybees use their beeswax to create strong and highly efficient honeycomb structures, which they use for accommodation, food storage, and a place to raise their larvae. The Beeswax Hat and the matching Cowl and Mitts celebrate the beauty of this structure.

The Beeswax Hat’s honeycomb texture is made up of simple mini-cables, which can be knit without a cable needle. I’ve included instructions for my favourite twist method, which I find intuitive and easy to remember, but you can use any method you prefer.

Materials: Approximately 150 yards of DK or worsted-weight yarn. I used nearly two-thirds of one 100g skein of Vintage Purls Max (a heavy-DK-weight merino/nylon sock yarn). If substituting yarn, I recommend choosing a bouncy merino or other woollen-spun yarn with lots of ‘body’, so the cables are plump and well-defined.

Sizing: This hat is very stretchy, and will fit most adults with a 20” or larger head circumference. Suggestions are included for resizing.

Both charted and written instructions are included.

Pattern is for personal use only.

Tutorial: How to work mini-cables without a cable needle