Traveling Cable Hat by Purl Soho

Traveling Cable Hat

September 2014
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
8.5 stitches and 4 rows = 1 inch
in cable stitch pattern
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
109 - 218 yards (100 - 199 m)
Baby + Adult
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  • 1 (2) skein(s) of Purl Soho’s Alpaca Pure, 100% alpaca, or another aran weight yarn. Each skein is 109 yards/ 100 grams; approximately 109 (218) yards required. We used Alpaca Pure in the color Heirloom White for the Baby Hat and Artemisia for the Adult Hat.
  • US 5 (3.75 mm), 20-inch circular needle
  • US 6 (4.0 mm), 20-inch circular needle
  • A set of US 6 double pointed needles

22 stitches = 3 inches in rib pattern (unstretched), using the smaller needles
30 stitches and 14 rows = 3½ inches by 2⅛ inches in cable stitch pattern, using the larger needles

Baby (Adult)
To fit head circumference 14–16 (20–23) inches

When knitting the body of the hat, I found it helpful to separate each repeat (30 stitches) of the cable pattern with a stitch marker. (Just be sure to use a different color marker for the end of the round!) Alternatively, you could knit the whole hat on double pointed needles and put each repeat on its own double pointed needle.