The Ross Hat by cold comfort knits

The Ross Hat

September 2018
Aran (8 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches
in Cable Pattern
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
150 - 175 yards (137 - 160 m)
One Size. Two Styles.
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No winter wardrobe would be complete without a classic cabled hat. Like a smart, dependable friend, it’s always there for you, making you look good. Ross is a deceptively simple hat to knit—lots of texture, but just one style of cable—so it’s a great project for both new and seasoned cable knitters alike. Knit the toque version for anyone on your list—it’s a perennial favourite. Or knit the slouchy version (with or without pom pom) for your favourite hipster.

Ross is now available in two sizes. An updated PDF pattern was sent to previous buyers on 09/03/2020. New buyers can download both versions.

Finished Measurements

S/M: 16.5” circumference x 10.5” length (slouchy hat) or 9.75” length (toque). To fit approx. 21-22” head circumference.

M/L: 18” circumference x 10.5” length (slouchy hat) or 9.75” length (toque). To fit approx. 22.5-23.5” head circumference.

The Fibre Co. Arranmore (80% Merino Wool, 10% Cashmere, 10% Silk; 175 yards / 160 meters / 100 grams): 1 skein in desired colour.

S/M slouchy hat used ~ 85 grams. M/L slouchy hat used ~ 100 grams.

Note on yarn substitution: Arranmore leans toward the heavier side of Aran weight yarns. If substituting, I recommend using a ‘heavy aran’ or ‘light chunky’ yarn. As always, be careful to check your gauge when substituting yarns.

Needles (change if necessary to obtain correct gauge)
One 16” (40 cm) circular needle size US 7 (4.5 mm).
One 16” (40 cm) circular needle size US 9 (5.5 mm).
One set of four double-pointed needles size US 9 (5.5 mm).

22 stitches & 25 rounds = 4” (10 cm) in Cable Pattern using US 9 (5.5 mm) needles; un-stretched, after blocking.

As a guideline only--for yarn substitution and/or swatching:
13.5 stitches & 20 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Stockinette Stitch, worked flat, before blocking.

ERRATA (09/2020)
The original knitted samples of The Ross Hat featured a left-leaning cable. The pattern calls for a right-leaning cable.

F.R.I.E.N.D.S 2.0: All 10 hats from this collection have been added to my “projects” page and updated with new yarns and/or expanded details on customization. Link via main photo.