This hat and mitten set that makes use of cables and stranded colorwork at the same time to represent the entwining branches of winter trees in the snow at twilight. The combination of these two methods puts a new spin on the standard fair isle snow hat and mittens idea.
Pattern requires use of charts.
Hat: Brim circumference: 17.5” (44.5 cm); depth: 7.5” (19 cm)
Intended to be worn with 2–4” (5–10 cm) negative ease.
Mittens: Hand circumference: 7” (18 cm); length: 9.25” (23.5 cm)
Intended to be worn with 0–1” (0–2.5 cm) positive ease
2 skeins Shalimar Yarns Breathless (420 yd/384 m per 4 oz/115 g hank; 75% Superwash Merino, 15% Cashmere, 10% Silk) in contrasting colorways; sample shown in Lagoon (MC) and Buttermilk (CC)
One skein of each color will make both the Hat and Mittens.
Actual yardage of sample: 240 yds each MC and CC
US 3/ 3.25 mm, 16” (40 cm) circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
US 3/ 3.25 mm needle(s) in preferred style for small circumference knitting in the round
US 1/ 2.25 mm, 16” (40 cm) circular needle (hat only)
34 sts and 31 1⁄2 rows = 3 1⁄2” (9 cm) over stitches 1–34 of Hat or Mitten Chart, measured between Rows 21 and 38, using larger needle
28 sts and 40 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Stockinette stitch
You can find a tutorial for two-color stranded cabling here.
On row 54 of the hat chart, there is a mistaken decrease in the CC cable section at the beginning of the chart. There is no decrease on that stitch.