This hat is worked from the bottom up seamlessly. You will begin on the smaller needles for the ribbing. Once you begin cabling, you will change to the larger needles. Please note that nearly all the cabled increases/decreases are done in an atypical way! I’m not trying to be a pain, but it’s needed to maintain the twisted rib pattern. If you prefer to work your beanie to be oversized/slouchy, you can replace all twisted stitches with the same stitch untwisted.
The forest is an ever-inspiring place for me. This pattern was inspired by the Engelmann spruce, one of the species found in the Rocky Mountains, where I live.
Sizes: Baby (toddler, child, large child) (average adult, large adult, extra large adult) to fit the following head circumference:
Imperial – 14” (16”, 18”, 21”) (21”, 23”, 25”)
Metric – 35.5 (40.5, 45.5, 53.5) (53.5, 58.5, 63.5) cm
If you have very voluminous, dense hair, consider bumping up a size. There is an extra large adult size to accommodate natural hair; if you have long natural hair, you can add as much length as needed to contain your hair. Simple work more repeats of the cable chart. You will need extra yarn for more repeats, however.
Yarn: DK weight yarn in the following amount:
Imperial – 75 (100, 125, 150) (175, 225, 275) yards
Metric – 70 (90, 115, 135) (160, 205, 250) meters
Sample shown in Greenwood Fiberworks DK Yakity Yak in colorway Pumpkin.
Needles: Size US 7/4.5 mm and US 6/4 mm circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge and one size smaller.
Gauge: 6 stitches and 8 rows = 1”/2.5 cm square in “Body Chart” cable pattern on larger needles.
Notions: 5 stitch markers, cable needle (optional, see tutorial), tapestry needle, and a large balloon (optional, for blocking).
Techniques: Knitting in the round, cabling, and blocking.