Scathach's hat by Mona C. NicLeòid
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Scathach's hat

January 2010
Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette in the round
US 6 - 4.0 mm
200 yards (183 m)
woman's average, adaptable
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

News (March 2015): This pattern is not representative of my current design work and pattern writing style. It will be updated later this year.

Cable-brimmed hat in a slightly slouchy beret style.

I wanted to create something that evokes the rustic yet lofty style a medieval Celtic or Viking lady would wear. Scathach is a mythic figure from Gaelic literature.

Skills required:
• Provisional cast-on
• Cables (charted)
• Kitchener stitch / grafting
• Picking up stitches
• Knitting in the round
• K2tog decrease

The hat can basically be knitted in any worsted weight yarn that knits up to the required gauge. However, rustic wool yarns are strongly recommended if you want to get a shape and style close to the original. The yarn needs to be a bit stiff and rough for both the stitch definition on the cables and the bulging shape of the top.

This is my first published pattern, so bear with me if it’s not very professional. In case of any questions or confusions, feel free to contact me! :)