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.


  • 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.