Ashland Beanie & Slouch
Pattern Notes: This is a snug, comfortable hat that works up in a gorgeous diamond cable pattern. The cabling looks very complicated, but is really just basic cables worked in conjunction with sneaky shaping! If you have a basic understanding of cabling, you will be able to work this pattern.
I have given instructions on how to make this same pattern work for a variety of different styles. You can work the Standard beanie for a fit that is close to your head – a classic silhouette. You can also work it in a Slouch style to make a more modern fit. If you want a beret-style hat, work the instructions for the Slouch style hat and just block the hat over a plate when finished. The pattern includes a cabling chart. If you are unfamiliar working with a chart, there is an additional file you can download with the written chart rows.
Yarn: 200 – 300 yard heavy worsted weight yarn.
Shown in Cascade Yarns Highland Duo colorway 1572.
Note: If you want a beret-style hat, you must use yarn with at least 50% animal fiber to block properly.
Needles: Size US 8/5 mm circular needle or double-point needles, or size needed to obtain gauge.
Gauge: 20 stitches and 26 rows = 4″/10 cm in Stockinette stitch.
Sizes: Small (Medium, Large) to fit a head size of 18″ (20″, 22″).
Techniques: Knitting in the round, basic cabling, basic chart reading, basic increases and decreases.
Notions: 6 – 8 stitch markers, cable needle of an appropriate size to gauge needles, tapestry needle, and blocking equipment if desired.