Night Caps by Thea Colman

Night Caps

June 2020
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
30 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in cable and rib motif, based on final fabric, laid flat so ribs are unstretched.
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
175 - 225 yards (160 - 206 m)
See below for sizes broken out by each Night Caps.
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I don’t know about you guys, but mid-summer knitting for me always involves a few one-skein accessories. It gives me a jump on my holiday knitting, allows me a little stash busting before the real knitting season begins, and makes for a small project to bring around with me on my summer travels (limited as they may be these days….)

These two skeins of Magpie Worsted would not be ignored any longer. And I’d beeen wanting to play with some cables from Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook, so I picked up the yarn, opened the book and made some Night Caps.

  • I have graded each version from a 13”/33cm size, small enough for a child’s head, to a 21.25”/54cm size, which could fit a large adult head. See comment about fit below.

  • Notes on adjusting the sizes given for either width or length are included in the pattern, and either cap can be knit with the “peaked” fit or as a fitted beanie. Cables are both written and charted.

  • In the photos, Zoe is wearing the 17”/43.25cm version of 10pm, and both Zoe and Craig are wearing the 17”/43.25cm version of 11pm. I usually assume a 20”/50.75 head circumference when knitting for them.

The PDF includes instructions for both Night Caps shown in the photos. Details for each design are broken out below:

10pm (light blue hat, worked in Twilight Magpie)
On this fitted beanie, a slanted cable is featured in a repeating diagonal line around the ribbed cap. The ribs flow into the cable along the brim and allow for beautiful lines as they open up around the head. Crown shaping plays off the 16-stitch repeat at the top of the head. And a pom just seemed like the perfect way to top it off.

10pm Sizes:
13(15,17,19.25,21.25)”/33(38,43.25,49,54)cm around head, 7(8,8,8,9)”/17.75(20.25,20.25,20.25,22.75)cm deep from cast on edge to center of crown. Note that hat stretches 2-3”/5-7.75cm when worn, so choose a size smaller than actual head circumference.

10pm Yardage:
175(185,200,210,225)yds/160(170,182,192,205)m including pom, shown in Twilight Magpie.

11pm (dark blue hat, worked in Twilight Dark)
11pm is a designed with a longer silhouette, allowing for a bit of a hipster “peak” on my daughter, and a little ease on top when worn by my husband. The cables on this hat are designed to face one another and they are placed just above the brim section of the cap, so that the detail is lower on the head and the ribs then continue up towards the crown, accenting the longer line of this hat and the crown shaping above.

11pm Sizes:
13(17,21.25)”/33(43.25,54)cm around head, 8.5(9,9)”/ 21.5(22.75,22.75)cm deep to center of crown. Note that hat stretches 2-3”/5-7.75cm when worn, so choose a size smaller than actual head circumference.

11pm Yardage:
185(200,225)yds/170(182,205)m, shown in Twilight Dark.