Brioche and Cables Hat by Anna Lipinska

Brioche and Cables Hat

February 2015
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 27 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
100 - 170 yards (91 - 155 m)
one size, fits an average adult head
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The hat was inspired by sudden fall of temperatures in February. I realized it is the coldest month of the year and it could be a good idea to get equipped with one more hat. Especially when, after a mild January, it started snowing heavilly.

The hat combines brioche knitting and cabling. It is a panel hat alternating the brioche pattern and garter stitch and they both give it a thick structure and make it warm and cosy.
It can be worked in two style options, beanie or slouch.

Size: One size fits an average adult head.

Level: Adventurous beginner with an Internet access and motivation to learn new things or intermediate familiar with brioche. The hat is knit in the round. The pattern uses long-tail tubular cast on, brioche stitch and cabling.

Circumference: Approximately 51cm (20in) unstretched

Needle size: US 2 ½ / 3mm circular needles (and the same size DPNs if you don’t like the magic loop method). You will also need a stitch marker and tapestry needle for weaving ends.

Gauge: 20 sts and 27 rows in stockinette with US 2 ½ / 3mm needles = 10cm (4in). I knit rather loosely so you may need to go up a needle size (or two) to get the gauge. Remember that brioche knits up very fluffy and normally uses 2 or 3 sizes smaller needle than equivalent in stockinette!

Yarn suggested: 55 (65) grams of any worsted weight yarn that meets the gauge, wool if you want the hat very warm.