Sparkwood by Lis Smith


August 2021
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
33 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in 2x2 Ribbing with Size B needle, after blocking, unstretched
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
165 - 235 yards (151 - 215 m)
15½"/39.5 cm circumference (unstretched); 7¾ (8¼)" [19.5 (21) cm] length
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The colder the day, the denser the cable — keep warm and cozy through all your adventures with the touchable textures of Sparkwood. Thick blocks of honeycomb cables are punctuated by bands of single knot ropes, adding elasticity and interest to this fishermen’s classic. Enjoy the lightness of woolen-spun Tones as it strikes the balance between dense insulation and weightless breathability, or opt for softness and bounce with Imbue Worsted. For added fun for your watchcap brim, play with Tones duotone shades or complementary hues of Imbue for a harmonious color pairing.

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Please note: the stitch patterns used for this accessory include written as well as charted instructions.


  • The hat is worked circularly from the bottom up.
  • Two versions are included, a beanie and a watchcap with a folded brim. The watchcap may be worked in a solid color or with the brim in a contrasting color.

Finished Dimensions

Beanie (Watchcap)

  • 15½“/39.5 cm circumference (unstretched); 7¾ (8¼)” 19.5 (21) cm length (Watchcap measured with brim folded)
  • Note: Hat is sized to fit head sizes ranging from 20-23” 51-58.5 cm circumference.


Brooklyn Tweed Tones – 100% American Columbia Wool (140 yards/128 meters per 50 grams)

Single-color variation for Beanie (Watchcap)

  • 2 skeins
  • Photographed in colors Granita Overtone (Beanie), Baseline Overtone (Watchcap), and Persimmon Overtone (Watchcap)

Two-color variation for Watchcap

  • 1 skein each for Color 1 (C1) and Color 2 (C2)
  • Duotone Watchcap photographed in colors Stonewash Overtone (C1) & Stonewash Undertone (C2)

Potential yarn substitutes include Imbue Worsted. Note that put-ups (yardage per skein) may be different for alternate yarn lines, so check the total yardage for your chosen variation.

  • Two-Color Watchcaps photographed in colors Orchid (C1) & La Bien Aimée Imbue Yellow Brick Road (C2) and La Bien Aimée Imbue Anemone (C1) & Warbler (C2)


Single-color variation for Beanie (Watchcap)

  • 165 (235) yards 151 (215) meters of worsted weight wool yarn

Two-color variation for Watchcap

  • 118 yards 108 meters each of C1 and C2 of worsted weight wool yarn


  • 33 stitches & 36 rounds = 4”/10 cm in 2x2 Ribbing with Size B needle, after blocking, unstretched
  • One 32-stitch cable repeat = 3½“/9 cm with Size A needle, after blocking, unstretched


Size A (for Main Fabric)

  • One 16”/40 cm circular needle and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs) two sizes larger than Size B
  • Suggested Size: 3.75 mm (US 5)

Size B (for Ribbing)

  • One 16”/40 cm circular needle* in size needed to obtain gauge listed
  • Suggested Size: 3.25 mm (US 3)

Size C (for Watchcap turning round and optionally, for Tubular Cast On)

  • One 16”/40 cm circular needle, one size smaller than Size B
  • Suggested Size: 2.75 mm (US 2)

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

Blocking 101
Video — Cabling Without a Cable Needle
Reading Charts
Knitwear Care

Skill Level
2 out of 5: Adventurous Beginner