Cinioch by Lucy Hague


22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
160 - 200 yards (146 - 183 m)
M [L]
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A video demonstrating the increases and decreases used in the cabled band can be found here. A photo tutorial showing a suitable provisional CO can be found here.

A close fitting hat with cables inspired by ancient Pictish and Celtic artwork.

The cabled band is worked first, flat, then grafted together. The crown stitches are then picked up around the edge of the band and worked in the round.

This hat is very similar in design and construction to another pattern of mine, Tallorcen, however both the gauge and the cable design are slightly different.

M [L] – to fit head circumference of 20/21 [22/23] inches/(51/54 [56/58.5] cm)

Finished Measurements
Circumference: 20.5 [22.5] inches/(52 [57]) cm
Height: 7.5 [8] inches/(19 [20.5]) cm


  • 4 mm/US size 6 needles (or size needed to obtain gauge) for preferred method of working small diameters in the round (e.g. double-pointed needles, long circular needle for magic loop or two circular needles)
  • Cable needle
  • 160 [200] yds (146 [183] m) of DK weight yarn (grey-blue sample shown in Blacker Classic DK; natural sample shown in Rowan Creative Linen)
  • Waste yarn in contrasting colour
  • Tapestry needle
  • Four stitch markers

Skills required

  • Complex cabling

  • Provisional CO

  • Grafting (directions are given for grafting in pattern)

  • Picking up sts

  • Simple decreases