She-Cat, a Chic Hat
Part of the Very Chic series, She-Cat is a chic little hat with a sideways-cabled brim and sleek reverse stockinette crown; fun to knit and perfect to wear everywhere. Dropped stitches between cables create an extra soft and stretchy brim, and add just enough knitting excitement and fashion-y detail.
Techniques & Skills Used: Provisional CO, knit/purl, decreasing, cables, dropped stitches, knitting in the round, grafting or optional 3-needle bind off; this pattern includes both a chart for the brim and full written instructions, and a photo tutorial for grafting the cables.
Size: S/M (M/L); 20 (22.5)” circumference, unstretched, after gentle blocking.
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted (100% merino wool; 210 yards/100g); 1 skein, or approximately 100 (130) yards of worsted weight yarn, shown in Apple Green (Hollyhock).
Other Materials: US 8 (5mm) 16” circular needle, or 32” circular needle if using Magic Loop, or size to match gauge; Scrap yarn for provisional CO; Stitch markers (2); Cable needle; Yarn needle; Crochet hook (any size) to help with raveling stitches; 4 non-slippery US 8 (5mm) dpns, preferably two different colors, for grafting.
Gauge: 18 st and 28 rows/4” in reverse stockinette stitch, after gentle blocking. One 16-row cable repeat is 2.5” wide.
This pattern has been updated with new photography and layout as of August 2014. Both chart and written instructions have been simplified, with explanatory notes added.
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