Forge by Jared Flood

Forge

Knitting
September 2012
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
38 stitches and 42 rows
in over 5" in Cable Pattern with gauge needle (sugg. US 7/4.5 mm)
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 10 - 6.0 mm
240 yards (219 m)
20" circumference at widest point (not including brim), 8½" height; measurements taken from relaxed (unstretched) hat after blocking
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This deeply textured watchcap has a twist: the cabled fabric adorning the main body of the hat is mirrored on the faux fold-over brim. The shape of the crown and the classic OXO cable motifs are a nostalgic nod to the woolen workwear of fishermen. Forge is worked from the top down, so you can customize the finished length to form an elfin peak or a close beanie fit. Brim and body are worked separately and joined with a clean, decorative bind-off around the hat’s base.

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Construction

  • Hat begins with a provisional cast on. During finishing, you will return to your provisional stitches and close the top of hat with a Joinery Bind Off.
  • Hat is worked from the top down; final length is adjustable.
  • Brim is also worked from the top down, separately from main body of hat.
  • Hat is joined to brim by way of an I-Cord Joinery Bind Off.
  • Hat is shaped completely through the use of varying needle sizes. You will use a total of 6 different needle sizes as you work.

Yardage

Approximately 240 yards of worsted weight wool yarn

Yarn

2 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia Wool; 140 yards/50g)
Photographed in colors Fauna, Pumpernickel and Embers

Gauge

Working Gauge: 42 stitches & 42 rounds = 5” in cable pattern with Gauge Needle; measured over Body Chart (stitches 8-49 of chart) from relaxed fabric before blocking

Finished Gauge: 38 stitches & 42 rounds = 5” in cable pattern with Gauge Needle; measured over Body Chart (stitches 10-47 of chart) from relaxed fabric after blocking (no stretch added; change in gauge comes from natural bloom of fabric when wet-blocked)

Needles

Size A (for Main Fabric)
One 16” circular needle and one spare DPN or straight needle in size needed to obtain gauge
Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)

Size B
One set of DPNs (or long circular, if working Magic Loop method), one size smaller than Gauge Needle
Suggested Size: 4 mm (US 6)

Size C
One 16” circular needle one size larger than Gauge Needle
Suggested Size: 5 mm (US 8)

Size D
One 16” circular needle two sizes larger than Gauge Needle
Suggested Size: 5½ mm (US 9)

Size E (for Tubular Cast On)
One 16” circular needle two sizes smaller than Gauge Needle
Suggested Size: 3¾ mm (US 5)

Size F (for I-Cord Joinery Bind Off only)
A single DPN (or straight needle) three sizes larger than Gauge Needle, for working bind off
Suggested Size: 6 mm (US 10)

Finished Dimensions

20” circumference at widest point (not including brim), 8½“ height; measurements taken from relaxed (unstretched) hat after blocking

Skill Level

4 out of 5

Please note: the stitch patterns in this garment are charted only.