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Old 12-17-2010, 04:56 PM   #1
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Cable hat help
I knitted this scarf for a Christmas present, and I would love a hat to match. I've looked, and just cant find the right match. Has anyone seen one that would look like my scarf? TIA!!!

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Old 12-17-2010, 05:08 PM   #2
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You can take the stitch pattern repeat from the scarf. CO enough to go around the head, in multilples of 4 sts for the ribbing. then, leaving off 2 k2s at the beg and end of the rows, it would look something like this -

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(RS). K11. (P2. K2) around, end with P2.
2 and all even rounds: knit the knits and purl the purls.

3: C6F. K3. P4. (K2. P2) around, end with P2.

5th and 6th rows: As 1st and 2nd rows.


7: K5. C6B. P4. (K2. P2) around, end with P2


8th row: As 4th row.


Or something like that.
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Thank you! I could not wrap my head around the pattern enough to translate into a hat. You would think after knitting a 5ft scarf it would be ingrained in my brain. Thanks again!
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Basically, you only do the pattern repeat that makes the cable. On the scarf there's edge sts so you leave them off.
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Originally Posted by suzeeq View Post
Basically, you only do the pattern repeat that makes the cable. On the scarf there's edge sts so you leave them off.
I just hope I can figure out how to decrease now. HaHa!
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Old 12-22-2010, 07:22 AM   #6
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for the decrease there are multiple options.

I guess, my first increases would "eat up" the places between the cables... just decrease on either side of the cable bands. How many rows you do inbetween the decreases, I would eyeball.

When you have eaten up all stitches but maybe one purl between the cable bands, your hat will still be too big of an opening on the top.
Then you can eat up one knit stitch in every cable string / rib, so that the cables themselves become narrower.

In the very end you will probably not cable anymore but just run the st st ribs into the middle. There you can finally just decrease by k2tog or the like.

I made a hat this spring that decreases between (much smaller) cable bands.
But if you like the shape, maybe take the increase rate from my pattern(free pattern, of course).
Importent is: how many stitches to lose on how many rows.
if you decrease 4 stitches every round, you get the same decrease rate with 8 stitches every 2nd round... just as an example. Of course the fit will slightly vary due to the increase stepping.

How many bands of cables will you run up the hat? do you know yet?
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No, as soon as I finishd the ribbing, I scratched my eyeball, and couldn't knit for 2 whole days! It's been horrible! LOL I'm planning on picking it up later and I'll let you know how it plays out. I did cast on 80 stitches, hopefully this will work out. I'm a fairly new knitter, and this is my very first cable hat. I've been doing all my hats in the round, so even knitting a flat hat is kinda new to me. I really appreciate all the help, and maybe I won't mess it up.
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OK, hold on a sec.... I was under the impression you had to knit flat for a cable hat. Your pattern is awesome! I do believe I'm gonna start over on this. I love knitting in the round!
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Ok, can you help me with my math? 80 stitches doesn't come out right when I start the pattern.
1st row 15 stitches in the pattern
cable row 17 stitches in pattern

Is this correct or am I missing something? I think if I cast on 88 for the ribbing, then increase to 90, the 15 row comes out right, but it messes up the cable row.

OMG I am bad at math, and this is driving me insane!
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You may need to inc some sts after you do the ribbing so the cable pattern fits. That would work because the cables will draw in a little more than the ribbing.

Okay, the scarf is 9 sts, then 16 in k2 p2, then p2 and 9, the cable is 6 sts out of the 9. That takes 38 sts, and if you repeated that twice would be 76. That also puts 2 cables next to each other so you need more k2 p2 between them. Four sts won't be quite enough, but you can cut down a few k2 p2 and make it 12 sts which goes down to 74, then if you add 12 sts of k2 p2 between the repeats that would come out okay at 86 sts.

Row 1 - K9. * (P2. K2) 3 times. P2. K9. and repeat from the *
Row 2 - k9. * (K2. P2) 3 times. K2. P9, repeat
Row 3 - C6F. K3, * P4. (K2. P2) 2 times. P2. K3. C6B, repeat
Row 5 same as R 1,
Row 7 K3. C6B. * P4. (K2. P2) 2 times. P2. C6F. K3, repeat

I think that would work. Or if you want to keep the k2 p2 4 times, then increase to 92 sts after the ribbing. But don't make the ribbing more sts, that may be too large.
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