Imply by Hunter Hammersen

Imply

Knitting
January 2019
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
200 - 275 yards (183 - 251 m)
Written in four sizes and five gauges to fit most anyone (see notes below for more).
This pattern is available for $7.45 USD buy it now

Imply verb
- to indicate indirectly

So if I’m going to do a cable, I want to really do a cable. Commit. Go big. Embrace the drama.

But once in a while, that approach can be a little tricky. Big cables sometimes come with big headaches. It can be cumbersome to manipulate all those stitches, and giant cables can make your fabric bunch up in all sorts of irritating ways. But we’re knitters…we’re clever…we can fix it!

The way these cables are built is really nifty. The cable panel is big (a full 18 stitches wide). But instead of making huge cable crosses, you do a bunch of carefully placed smaller crosses (it’s all based on three over three cables…really!) that combine to give you all the drama and none of the headaches.

It’s a fun technique, and one that lends itself to lots of other projects (about two seconds after I finished the hat, I cast on some fingerless mitts to match).

The hat is written in four sizes (castons of 84, 105, 126, and 147 stitches), and you should feel free to adjust your gauge a bit to fine tune the fit of the hat. Just be sure that you’re working at a gauge that gives you a fabric you like with your chosen yarn!

I recommend working at something around 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6, or 6.5 stitches per inch, and I’ve included a table to help you figure out what gauge you’ll want to use for your size. With that range of sizes and gauges, the hat will fit a head between 16.5 and 23 inches (with lots of points in between).

Because the stitch repeat on this hat is large, sizing takes a little extra attention. You will almost certainly make the 105 or 126 stitch size for most adults. (105 if you’re working with thicker yarn, 126 if you’re working with thinner yarn). The 84 stitch size will probably only work for kids. The 147 size will work for adults with large heads if you’re using thinner yarn.

This is perfect for you if:

  • You simply must know how that cable works
  • You want a hat that’s classic…but not at all boring

It’s not for you if:

  • You don’t like charts (the pattern has charts)
  • You hate swatching (you need to swatch to check your needle size)

The cuffs in the picture down at the bottom are Infer, the companion to this piece. They’re coming out on January 22, 2018. and will be available at a discount if you already have the hat. If you want to be notified when they come out, you can make that happen right here.