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Free Knitting Pattern: Softly Cabled Hat

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Lion Brand® Vanna's Tapestry
Pattern #: L40053
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: One Size

Finished Circumference About 17 in. (43 cm), will stretch to fit a range of sizes.

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Designed by Mari Lynn Patrick.

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Vanna's Tapestry

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 864-201: Vanna's Tapestry: Brazil
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Vanna's Tapestry
Peru Brazil Scandinavia Great Britain Caribbean Iceland
*Vanna's Tapestry (Article #864). 100% acrylic; package size: 3.00oz/85.00 gr. (145yds/133m) pull skeins

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•  864-201 Vanna's Tapestry: Brazil
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Softly Cabled Hat

Lion Brand® Vanna's Tapestry


20 sts + 21 rows = about 4 in. (10 cm) in pattern with larger needles.

When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch


kfb (knit in front and back) Knit next st without removing it from left needle, then k through back of same st – 1 st increased.
skp Slip 1 as if to knit, knit 1, pass slip stitch over knit stitch – 1 st decreased.
sk2p Slip 1 as if to knit, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over – 2 sts decreased.

With smaller double pointed needles, cast on 84 sts.
Divide sts onto 4 needles, with 21 sts on each needle. Place marker for beginning of rnd. Join by working the first st on the left hand needle with the working yarn from the right hand needle and being careful not to twist sts.
Rnd 1: *K2, p2; rep from * around.
Rnds 2-6: Rep Rnd 1.
Change to larger double pointed needles as you work the next rnd.
Rnds 7-10 (Cable set up Rnds): *K2, p2, k6, p2; rep from * around.
Rnd 11 (Inc and Cable Rnd): *K2, p2, sl 4 sts to cable needle and hold to front of work, (kfb) twice, then k4 from cable needle, p2; rep from * around – 98 sts at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 12: *K2, p2, k8, p2; rep from * around.
Rnds 13-18: Rep Rnd 12.
Rnd 19 (Cable Rnd): *K2, p2, sl 4 sts to cable needle and hold to front of work, k4, k4 from cable needle, p2; rep from * around.
Rnds 20-26: Rep Rnd 12.
Rnd 27 (Cable Rnd): Repeat Rnd.
Rnd 28-30: Repeat Rnd 12.
Shape Crown (top of Hat)
Rnd 31 (Dec):
*K2, p2tog, k8, p2tog; rep from * around - 84 sts at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 32: *K2, p1, k8, p1; rep from * around.
Rnd 33 (Dec): *P3tog, k8, p1; rep from * around – 70 sts.
Rnd 34: *P1, k8, p1 rep from * around.
Rnd 35 (Dec and Cable Rnd): *P1, sl 4 sts to cable needle and hold to front of work, (k2tog) twice, then (k2tog) twice from cable needle, p1; rep from * around – 42 sts.
Rnds 36 and 37: P1, *k4, p2; rep from * to last 5 sts, k4, p1.
Rnd 38 (Dec): *K2tog, k3, p1; rep from * around – 35 sts.
Rnd 39 (Dec and Cable Rnd): *Sl 2 sts to cable needle and hold to front of work, k2tog, k2 from cable needle, p1; rep from * around – 28 sts.
Rnd 40: *K3, p1; rep from * around.
Rnd 41 (Dec): *K2, skp; rep from * around – 21 sts.
Rnd 42: Knit.
Rnd 43: *SK2P; rep from * around – 7 sts.
Cut yarn, leaving a long yarn tail. Thread tail through rem sts and pull to gather. Knot securely.

Weave in ends.

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dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing) inc = increas(e)(s)(ing)
k = knit k2tog = knit 2 together
p = purl p2tog = purl 2 together
p3tog = purl 3 together rep = repeat(s)(ing)
rnd(s) = round(s) sl = slip
st(s) = stitch(es)  

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