Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Free Pattern for Fall

Whew-life has been extremely hectic for me!! My daughter just started kindergarten-all day, everyday! It is fabulous, and sad at the same time. I am extremely busy, as well, as I just applied for nursing school and am anxiously trying to get all the requirements finished so I can start in January. I haven't been able to do much designing, or many projects at all for that matter, but I will hopefully have a few things added every now and again.



I created this braided cable beanie a couple of years ago. It was actually the first pattern I ever wrote. I love how people have been using my free patterns for chemo caps, or for other uses, so I wanted to make another one available. This time, it is a free knitting pattern. Enjoy!

You may also download the pattern for free here:download now

Kinley’s Braided Cable Hat

Size Chart:
Size 1: newborn
Size 2: 6-12 months
Size 3: 1-2 years
Size 4: 3 years-small adult
Size 5: large adult
The sizes will be written in the pattern as follows: 1 (2, 3, 4, 5)

Supplies:
Size 6 US (4 mm), 16 inch circular knitting needles
5, Size 6 US (4mm), Double Sided Needles
Cable Needle
Worsted weight yarn (I like to use a soft wool yarn).


Gauge:
20 stitches and 28 rows in 4 inches of stockinet stitch.

Abbreviations:
K-Knit, P-Purl, K2 tog-Knit 2 stitches together, Sts-stitches
RSC-Right side cable (Slip 3 sts onto cable needle, pull to the front, K next 3 sts, K3 on cable needle, K3)
LSC-Left side cable (K3, slip 3 stitches onto cable needle, pull to the back, K next 3 sts, K3 on cable needle)
 
Pattern:
Cast on 65 (78, 91, 104, 117) sts. Place a marker, then join, being careful not to twist.
First Round: *K1, P1, repeat from * around. Repeat until Hat measures 1 inch (3cm).

Braided Cable Pattern:
Round 1: *K9, P4, repeat from * around.
Round 2: *K9, P4, repeat from * around.
Round 3: *K9, P4, repeat from * around.
Round 4: *RSC, P4, repeat from * around.
Round 5: *K9, P4, repeat from * around.
Round 6: *K9, P4, repeat from * around.
Round 7: *K9, P4, repeat from * around.
Round 8: *LSC, P4, repeat from * around.
Repeat rounds 1-8 until the hat measures 3 ½ in, (4 in, 5 ¼ in, 6 in, 6 ½ in). Metric Conversion: 9 cm, (10 cm, 13.5 cm, 15 cm, 16.5 cm). Then, begin the decreasing rounds. (Please note that when the hat will no longer fit on the circular needles, you will need to evenly divide the remaining stitches onto 4 double sided needles.)


Decreasing Rounds:
Round 1: *K9, P2, K2 tog., repeat from * around.
Round 2: *K9, P3, repeat from * around.
Round 3: *K9, P1, K2 tog., repeat from * around.
Round 4: *K9, P2, repeat from * around.
Round 5: *K9, K2 tog., repeat from * around.
Round 6: *K10, repeat from * around.
Round 7: *K8, K2 tog., repeat from * around.
Round 8: *K9, repeat from * around.
Round 9: *K7, K2 tog., repeat from * around.
Round 10: *K6, K2 tog., repeat from * around.
Round 11: *K5, K2 tog., repeat from * around.
Round 12: *K4, K2 tog., repeat from * around.
Round 13: *K3, K2 tog., repeat from * around.
Round 14: *K2, K2 tog., repeat from * around.
Round 15: *K1, K2 tog., repeat from * around.
Round 16: *K2 tog., repeat from * around.


To finish: Cut yarn and pull through the remaining stitches, gather together and bring the tail into the inside of the hat and fasten off. Weave in the ends.


**If the hat ends up being too long, especially for the Size 3 and 4, as they encompass such a broad age range, you can fold up the brim of the hat and your child can grow with it.