Jason's Cashmere Hat

I can hardly believe that it has been almost five years since I first designed Jason's Tweed Hat, and that there are over 1000 versions of it out there! The basic double brimmed hat has served him well over the years, but I thought it was about time for something new. During his last visit home from work in Northern Alberta I designed him a new cabled cashmere hat to keep him warm and toasty this winter. It's important to me that he has a say in the things I knit him, and so as we caught up on our month apart we also talked about what makes a good hat. In the end we decided on a folded brim, firm ribbing, a simple cable / rib combo for looks and cashmere just because. I finished the hat minutes before he had to leave and just barely got a couple shots of him wearing it.

Jason's Cashmere Hat

Jason's Cashmere Hat features a simple cable design for extra warmth, firm ribbing to help keep its shape, and a thick, folded brim that can be adjusted to cover the ears on extra chilly days. Made with two skeins of Sweet Fiber Cashmere Aran, this hat is pure luxury and can easily be completed in a weekend. I hope you and your loved ones enjoy wearing this hat as much as Jason and I do! (I hate that I have to say this, but this pattern and these pictures are for personal use only.)

Supplies

Yarn: 2 skeins of Sweet Fiber Yarns Cashmere Aran (91m / 100y per 50g skein). Hats pictured are knit in Bruin and Smoke.

Sizing: To fit an adult head 22-24 inches in circumference.

Measurements: 8 inches wide, 11 inches long (unfolded brim) or 8.5 inches long (folded brim)

Needles: 

4mm / 6US 16” circular needle

5mm / 8US 16” circular needle

5mm / 8US dpns for decreases

Gauge:

Ribbing: 20 stitches per 4 inches in rib pattern (unstretched), using smaller needles

Body: 12 stitches and 7 rows = 2 inches by 1 inch in the cable pattern, using larger needles

Stitch Guide:

3/3 LC: Slip 3 stitches to cable needle, hold in front, K3, K3 from cable needle.

2/2 LC: Slip 2 stitches to cable needle, hold in front, K2, K2 from cable needle.

K: Knit

P: Purl

SSK: Slip 2 stitches separately, knit together through back loop

K2tog: Knit 2 stitches together

P2tog: Purl 2 stitches together

 

Pattern

Brim

With smaller circular needles cast on 96 stitches. Place marker and join in round. Work ribbing until piece measures 4” from cast on edge.

Ribbing: (K2, P2) repeat to end of round.

 

Body

Switch to larger needles and begin body. Repeat brackets to end of round.

Rnds 1-3: (K6, P2, K2, P2)

Rnd 4: (3/3 LC, P2, K2, P2)

Rnds 5-10: (K6, P2, K2, P2)

Work rounds 1-10 once. Repeat rounds 4-10 only four times more.

 

Crown Decreases

Change to DPNS when there are too few stitches to continue in the round on a circular needle.

Rnd 1:(3/3 LC, P2, K2, P2)

Rnd 2: (K6, P2, K2, P2)

Rnd 3: (K6, P2, K2, P2)

Rnd 4: (SSK, K2, K2tog, P2, K2, P2)

Rnd 5: (2/2 LC, P2, K2, P2)

Rnd 6: (K4, P2tog, K2, P2tog)

Rnd 7: (SSK, K2tog, P1, K2, P1)

Rnd 8: (K2tog, P1, K2tog, P1)

Rnd 9: Remove marker, K1, place marker, K2tog to end of round. 

Break yarn. Using a darning needle, thread yarn through the remaining stitches, pull tight and secure on wrong side. Weave in ends and block. Clip ends once dry.