Carrigdhoun Cable Hat
♫ The Music ♫
Carrigdhoun is a traditional Irish ballad that, like so many, speaks of lost love. In part the lyrics say:
“The heath is green on Carrigdhoun,
Bright shines the sun over Ardnalee.
The light green trees bent trembling down
To kiss the slumbering Owen na Buidhe.”
This cabled hat begins with a tubular cast on and is worked bottom up. Both Judy’s Magic Cast On and Magic Loop are used for the cast on; internet links are provided for both techniques.
Beginning with 1 x 1 ribbing, the overall cable design culminates in braided cables at the crown. The stitch pattern creates a surprisingly stretchy hat. A few stitches need to be sewn to close the cast on row. To accommodate the cable crossings at the end of a round, the EoR marker is repositioned at the end of rounds 4, 5, 8, 9, 12 and 13 in Chart A.
Both charts and written directions for charts are provided. For row-by-row stitch counts during crown shaping see the written directions.
Adult Small (Medium, Large)
Finished Circumference: 17.5 (20, 22.5)” / 44.5 (51, 57)cm
To Fit: 18.5 – 21.5 (21 – 24, 23.5 – 26.5)” / 47 – 54.5 (53.5 – 61, 59.5 – 67.5)cm
Height: 8.25 (8.75, 9.25)” / 21 (22, 23.5)cm
255 (305, 355)yds / 233 (279, 325)m sock or fingering-weight yarn
This pattern uses Magic Loop configuration for the tubular cast on. Once the ribbing is established, the knitter may use their preferred method for knitting in the round.
2.75 mm / US2 needles for small circumference knitting in the round or size required to obtain gauge
3.25 mm / US3 circular needle 32” / 80cm or longer for CO only
32 sts and 42 rows = 4” in Stockinette stitch in the round, blocked, using smaller needles
45 sts and 43 rows = 4” in cable pattern
Cable needle, stitch marker, tapestry needle
A huge thank you to the test knitters: Ravellers dragonxser, ftmhling, janetknitwitch, KateB660, ladywulf, lindaran, Woollykim and bgow