I immediately fell in love with this gorgeous beanie because of the cable. I just love cables. I’ve never actually twisted a cable this wide. It’s across 14 stitches with 7 stitches on each side. The cable alternates direction with both right and left leans. I know it’s going to take me some practice to master this one, but the concept of twisting the stitches and working them out of order is the same, whether it’s a large cable or a tiny cable.
Katrine Hammer designed this beanie in Malabrigo Arroyo. It’s a lovely sport weight superwash merino. You’ll need only one hank to complete it. Don’t you love the sort of heather look to the yarn? I have always loved the heathery colorways since they give even a plain stockinette such a beautiful, interesting depth.
The pattern for this is very straightforward. You’ll be working sideways for a vertical project. I love that there is no shaping because, when I give this braid a whirl, I’m not going to want to mess around with short rows at the same time. Am I right?
Katrine recommends that you start your project on a provisional cast on with scrap yarn so it’s easier to join seamlessly in kitchener once you’ve finished your stitching. I don’t know about you, but I need a video every single time I use kitchener. Seriously, I can’t remember it to save my life. I’ve inserted a video for you below, in case you have the same kitchener memory issues. (Thanks to Purl Soho for the video!) If you want to use a mattress stitch seam, you can cast on as you would normally.
I would really like to try out this pattern as an adaption in more of a cloche style. I think that braid is just fabulous and I really need to see how it looks as a band around a hat with more of a brim. I see big braiding plans in my future. Maybe we can convince Katrine to write a pattern for a cloche style as well!
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