The Mariner's Revenge Hat by Maria Folsom

The Mariner's Revenge Hat

July 2017
Aran (8 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 31 rows = 4 inches
in Hat Body Pattern
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
165 - 170 yards (151 - 155 m)
One Size to fit 21"-23"/53cm-58.5cm Adult
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“But, oh, what providence
What divine intelligence
That you should survive
As well as me…”
-The Mariner’s Revenge Song, The Decemberists

The Mariner’s Revenge came about after falling in love with the look of traditional sailor Gansey sweaters and I wondered if that look could translate to a smaller, faster project like a hat! Bold knit and purl motifs are combined with simple rolling cables to create a richly textured fabric that can handle frigid ocean air or a cold winter commute.

This pattern has been tech-edited and test-knit and includes both fully written-out and charted versions to work from. Testers reported that it was an engaging knit while still being easy enough for TV knitting.

An unusual stretchy cast on for a clean, braided edge was used for the sample, and the YouTube tutorial link is shared in pattern and below if you want to give it a try. Otherwise, your preferred stretchy cast on including long tail will work just great! Small, repetitive cables are perfect for practicing cabling without a needle as well.

Aran-weight yarn yields a squishy, delightful experience for your hands and warmth for your head. Finally, the crown decreases to a sand dollar on top to complete your own Mariner’s Revenge!

Chinese Waitress Cast On

Center Double Decrease


  • Full schematic is provided.
  • Unstretched ribbing 19”/48.2cm circumference, stretched to fit 21”-23”/53cm-58.5cm Adult size head
  • Beanie- 8.5”/21.5cm length
  • Slouchy-10”/25.4cm length

Shown on head circumference of 22”/55.8cm


  • 165 yards/151 meters Aran or heavy worsted weight yarn
    Sample used one skein Woolfolk TOV in “Denim”


  • Sizes 6 (US)/4.0mm & 8 (US)/5.0mm 16 inch/40cm cable circular needles or size needed for gauge

  • Size 8 (US)/5.0 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)
22 st /31 rows = 4 in. (10.1cm)


  • Cable needle, stitch markers, tapestry needle

Skills Used

  • Knitting, purling, knit front & back, knit 2 together, purl 2 together and Center Double Decrease