Beeswax Hat by Amy van de Laar
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Beeswax Hat

June 2014
DK (11 wpi) ?
21 stitches = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
150 - 170 yards (137 - 155 m)
One size (20"-24" head), plus suggestions for resizing
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Bees are exceptionally clever creatures. Honeybees use their beeswax to create strong and highly efficient honeycomb structures, which they use for accommodation, food storage, and a place to raise their larvae. The ‘Beeswax hat’ celebrates the beauty of this structure.

The Beeswax hat’s honeycomb texture is made up of simple mini-cables, which can be knit without a cable needle. I’ve included instructions for my favourite twist method, which I find intuitive and easy to remember, but you can use any method you prefer.

Materials: Approximately 150 yards of DK or worsted-weight yarn. I used nearly two-thirds of one 100g skein of Vintage Purls Max (a heavy-DK-weight merino/nylon sock yarn). If substituting yarn, I recommend choosing a bouncy merino or other woollen-spun yarn with lots of ‘body’, so the cables are plump and well-defined.

Sizing: This hat is very stretchy, and will fit most adults with a 20” or larger head circumference. Suggestions are included for resizing.

Both charted and written instructions are included.

Pattern is for personal use only.

Tutorial: How to work mini-cables without a cable needle