Knitting Pattern : Super Mega Awesome Hat
Size US8 Circular needle or DPNs (your choice… I like using Magic Loop on Circulars)
Cable needle or extra DPN
Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool or other worsted weight wool (I used approx 1/2 skein of Fisherman’s wool)
Loosely cast on 102 stitches and join to knit in the round, being careful not to twist*
(for smaller or larger hat, add or decrease by units of 6)
Brim of hat – place stitch marker and proceed to k1, p1 (1×1 rib) until you have 3.5 inches for the folding brim (or 1 to 1.5 inches for non-folding border)
Cable pattern- k4, p1 for 6 rows, keeping marker at beginning of each row. Every 6th row, use a cable needle or DPN to hold the first 2 sts of each 4k section (move to the front of the work), knit the 2nd two k sts, then return 1st 2 k sts to needles and knit. Continue the k4 p1 (cables every 6th row) until you have 6.5 inches of cable work. (continue for another 1.5 -2 inches if you do not wish to use decreases at the top of the hat. Skip to Binding Off).
Top of hat-(continuing cable pattern every 6th row) k4 p2tog for 1 row. Continue cable pattern k4, p1 for about 1 inch. Decrease again by k2 tog at each k section in the next row of cable stitches (place first 2 sts on cable needle, k2, then k2tog the sts you removed) . Continue knitting (k3 p1) with the cable every 6th row for another 1-1.5 inches as desired.
Cast off using your favourite method. Using your yarn needle and the tail of the yarn, sew loose straight stitches just below the cast off edge, then cinch together the top of the hat, making sure the edge is on the inside of the hat. Sew in ends and block your new hat!
*if you prefer, you may easily convert this pattern to knit this hat on straight needles and use a mattress stitch to close the seam. Cast on 104 stitches to leave room for the seam.