The Trafalgar Hat by cold comfort knits

The Trafalgar Hat

November 2017
DK (11 wpi) ?
36 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Cable Pattern
US 5 - 3.75 mm
200 - 220 yards (183 - 201 m)
One Size. Fits average adult female.
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A Study in Laid Back Luxury

Introducing The Trafalgar Hat. This uber-squishable beanie uses a mock open cable design to create amazing texture that is actually quite simple to knit--no cable needle required! Over the years, I’ve knit this hat in so many colours I’ve lost count--it’s a wardrobe staple for me, for sure.

What makes this hat one of my all-time favourites? First, the yarn; a single skein of buttery-soft baby alpaca for softness and drape—choose a colour that speaks to your heart. Second, the pattern; an effortless take on classic cables—relax into the rhythm of the needles. The result? A squishable, squeezeable, wearable hat you’ll reach for again and again.

Finished Measurements

10” (25 cm) high x 14” (35 cm) circumference (un-stretched); fits average adult female.


Juniper Moon Farm Herriot (100% Baby Alpaca; 219 yards 200 meters / 100 grams): 1 skein in shade #1019 (Dark Teal Heather).

OR shade #6 (River Birch), OR shade #1027 (Crimson), OR shade #9 (Travertine), OR shade #1021 (Be Bold). Pictured top to bottom in main photo.


One 16” (40 cm) circular needle size US 5 (3.75 mm).
One set of four double-pointed needles size US 5 (3.75 mm).


36 stitches & 32 rounds = 4” (10 cm) in Cable Pattern (unstretched).

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