Cetus by Gudrun Johnston


January 2019
DK (11 wpi) ?
27 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in Cetus Chart pattern with Size A needle(s), after blocking
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
240 yards (219 m)
19¼” [49 cm] brim circumference; 8½” [21.5 cm] length (with brim folded)
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At the junction of agile stitchwork and intuitive fun lies the richly textured Cetus Hat. Here you’ll find a balanced combination of garter stitch and mock cable columns — rather like gilded onlay — growing out of slip stitch ribbing and cable trusses to converge into a relaxed slouch and rosette crown. And for those of you who enjoy clever tricks in your toolbox: a round of knits bisects the ribbing to form a crease that helps the brim turn up for comfortable double-warmth at the ears. You’ll also find instructions for cabling without a cable needle — sure to make this lovely hat fly off of your needles in no time!

This hat is worked circularly from the bottom up. The textured motifs are worked from charts only.


  • 2 skeins Brooklyn Tweed Arbor (100% American Targhee wool; 145 yards/50 grams)
  • Samples photographed in colors Black Fig and Parka


  • 240 yards of DK weight yarn


  • 27 stitches & 34 rounds = 4″ in Cetus Chart pattern with Size A needle(s), after blocking
  • 25 stitches & 40 rounds = 4″ in Slip Stitch Ribbing with Size B needle(s), after blocking


Size A (for Main Fabric)

  • One 16″ circular needle and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs)* in size needed to obtain Cetus Chart pattern gauge listed
  • Suggested Size: 4 mm (US 6)

Size B (for Brim)

  • One 16″ circular needle* in size needed to obtain Slip Stitch Ribbing gauge listed
  • Suggested Size: 3.5 mm (US 4)

*32” circular needle can be used instead of 16” circular and DPNs if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round.

Finished Dimensions

  • 9¼” [49 cm] brim circumference; 8½” [21.5 cm] length (with brim folded)

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:

  • German Twisted Cast On
  • Cabling Without a Cable Needle

Skill Level

  • Intermediate: 3 out of 5

Please note: the stitch patterns for this garment are charted only.