Sun Tunnels by Maria Folsom

Sun Tunnels

May 2018
DK (11 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches
in Cable Pattern with larger needles
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
230 - 240 yards (210 - 219 m)
One Size Adult, Circumference- to fit 19”-23"/48.2 cm-58.4 cm
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Sun Tunnels is a rich cable knitting experience designed to highlight your favorite squishy skein. The sample was knit using a speckled, DK weight yarn with a fiber content similar to what I imagine clouds would feel like if they could be yarn. You will want to pick a yarn you feel similarly enchanted with as the design invites a quieter, more contemplative pace and every stitch is intended for you to thoroughly enjoy!

Celebrate the launch of Sun Tunnels with 50% off the pattern price for the first week! Use coupon code: sunshine until May 14, midnight MST. Also, come join the giveaway I’m hosting on my Instragram of a skein of Snowdrop, project bag, stitch markers and a copy of the pattern. Open worldwide! And if you purchase the pattern to get started right away and end up winning the prize, I will refund you the pattern price.

The pattern has been tech-edited and includes notes on how to adjust the size for varying gauges and DK yarn weights. Both the written and charted instructions have been test knit with excellent information included in pattern as suggested by my amazing testers. They also reported the cable pattern being relatively quick once the rhythm was established.

I am a lover of lovely crowns on top of cable hats and I hope you’ll enjoy the leaves and petals that develop on top of this one! Because if sunshine is allowed into dark places, life will undoubtably begin to blossom.


  • Full schematic is provided.
  • Unstretched ribbing 18.6”/47.2cm circumference, stretched to fit 21”-23”/53cm-58.5cm Adult size head
  • Beanie- 8.5”/21.5cm length
  • Slouchy-10.2”/25.9cm length

Shown on head circumference of 22”/55.8cm


  • One skein of Wonderland Yarns “Snowdrop” or similar DK weight yarn (240 yards/219 meters per 100 gram, Fiber content-45% extrafine merino, 45% baby alpaca, 10% silk)
    Sample used one skein Wonderland Yarns Snowdrop in “Teatime- Victorian China”


  • Sizes 3 (US)/ 3.25mm & 5 (US)/ 3.75mm 16 inch/ 40cm cable circular needles or size needed for gauge

  • Size 5 (US)/3.75 mm double pointed needles or your preferred method of working in the round in small circumference.

(measured in pattern with larger needles after gentle blocking)
28 st /33 rows = 4 in. (10.1cm)

I am a tighter knitter in general and great care has been taken in pattern to address fit and fabric for a larger gauge or slightly thicker weight DK yarn


  • Cable needles, stitch markers, tapestry needle

Skills Used

  • Knitting, purling, increasing, k2tog, p2tog, yarn over, and Center Double Decrease