Winding Cables Hat

Winding Cables Hat is a great project for those who would like to dip their toes in the world of Tunisian crochet cables. The repetitive pattern allows for sufficient practise of the technique creating a beautiful texture reminiscent of narrow countryside pathways.

The Aran weight yarn recommended for this project offers sufficient warmth for this item to be worn throughout autumn and winter, while having great stitch definition and drape.

The Hat makes a great addition to the Winding Cables Scarf.

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Skills required:

Chain, Tunisian crochet technique (alternating forward and backward passes), Tunisian knit stitch (tks), Tunisian purl stitch (tps), binding off in Tunisian crochet, blocking.

Skill level:

Finished measurements:

The final hat measurements (blocked):

52.5 cm x 31 cm (when ribbing is not folded) (approx. 20.75 x 12.25 in)

Materials and tools:

The Women’s Institute Soft & Smooth (100% Acrylic, | Aran | 400 g (14.1 oz) = 660 m (722 yds)), Mustard (#70058) 1 skein (approx. yarn amount used is 170 g)

Tunisian crochet hook size 5.5 mm (US size I/ 9) and 5 mm (US size H/ 8) with cable (at least 20 cm (8 in)) or size to obtain the gauge

Cable needle or a crochet hook of similar size as above

9.5 cm Pompom (Schachenmayr in Grey)

Tapestry needle

Scissors

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Gauge:

Blocked Gauge:

18 sts x 15 rows = 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4 in) over ribbing st pattern using 5 mm hook

18 sts x 13 rows = 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4 in) over cable st pattern using 5.5 mm hook

Stitch guide:

Tunisian crochet stitches are worked in forward and return pass from right to left, with the number of sts (lps) increasing on the hook during the forward pass and decreasing during the return pass.

Return pass is worked in the same way for all sts (rows of sts) used in this project as follows: 1 ch, *yrh, draw through 2 lps on hook, rep from * until 1 lp on hook.

Edge stitches:

Right edge stitch- This is the first st and is not usually worked into because there is one lp on the hook left after completing the return pass of the previous row. This one lp corresponds to the first st of the new row.

Left edge stitch- This st is referred to in the pattern as the End Stitch (ES) and is crocheted as follows: Rotate the end of the fabric towards yourself, insert the hook under both bars (left and right) of the last st, yrh and pul.

  • First row of Tunisian crochet: Insert the hook in the back bump of second ch from hook, yrh and pul across. Standard return pass.
  • Tunisian simple stitch: Insert the hook from right to left under front vertical bar of the next st, yrh and pul. Standard return pass.
  • Tunisian knit stitch: Insert the hook from front to back between the front and back vertical bar, yrh and pul. Standard return pass.
  • Tunisian purl stitch: Bring yarn to the front of the work and hook, insert the hook from right to left under the front vertical bar of the next st, yrh and pul. Standard return pass.

Cables:

  • C3B: tks in next 6 sts, remove last 6 lps carefully from hook, place first 3 lps on cable needle and hold at the back of work, place second 3 lps back on hook, slide first 3 lps from cable needle back on hook crossing the second 3 lps.
  • C3F: tks in next 6 sts, remove last 6 lps carefully from hook, place first 3 lps on cable needle and hold at the front of work, place second 3 lps back on hook, slide first 3 lps from cable needle back on hook crossing the second 3 lps.

Bind off: Insert hook from right to left under front vertical bar of the next st, yrh, pul and pull through the lp that is on the hook. One lp remains on the hook.

Notes:

The Winding Cables Hat is worked flat, RS facing from right to left and assembled using the Locking Mattress Stitch along the short sides of the project.

Ribbing is made using smaller hook, while the main body of the hat is made using larger hook.

The stitch count refers to the number of lps on hook on FP.

There are 12 cable st patterns (6 back and 6 front worked over 6 sts each) running in parallel with sts being crossed in the same row every 4th row.

Work tks sts in rows where sts cross over slightly looser otherwise the cables will look flat and stretched.  

Instructions:

Ribbing

With smaller hook, make crochet foundation cord 90 sts long.

Row 1 FP: Insert the hook under top front and back lps of second st from hook, yrh and pul across. 90 lps on hook.

Row 1 RP and all other RPs: Standard RP.

Row 2: *Tps, 2 tks; rep from * to last 2 sts, tps, ES.

Rows 3-18: As Row 2.

Row 19: Bind off.

Body of the hat – cables

Change to larger hook.

Place the ribbing RS down with Row 19 being at the bottom. Attach yarn to the first st of the other side of crochet foundation cord (under front and back lps).

Row 1 FP: Insert the hook under top front and back lps of second st from hook, yrh and pul across. 90 lps on hook.

Row 1 RP and all other RPs: Standard RP.

Row 2: *Tps to last st, ES.

Row 3: *Tps in next st, C3B, tps in next st, C3B, tps in next 2 sts, C3F, tps in next st, C3F; rep from * to last 2 sts, tps in next st, ES.

Row 4: *Tps in next st, tks in next 6 sts, tps in next st, tks in next 6 sts, tps in next 2 sts, tks in next 6 sts, tps in next st, tks in next 6 sts; rep from * to last 2 sts, tps in next st, ES.

Rows 5-6: As Row 4.  

Rows 7-18: Rep Rows 3-6.

Rows 19-20: Rep Rows 3-4.

Row 21: Tss to last st, ES.

Row 22: Rep Row 21.

Row 23: Bind off.  

Finishing:

Weave in ends and block to final measurements as in instructions above. It is recommended to block the project in two stages, first with the project laid flat and second with the ribbing folded.

Join two short sides by Locking Mattress Stitch (See Special Techniques).

Turn hat inside out with WS (Cable pattern) facing. Using yarn needle and approx. 20 in of yarn, thread yarn between every 2-3 sts of last row around the whole row. Pull the yarn tight enclosing the crown. Make a knot securing the closing and turn hat right side out (RS facing). Attach a faux fur pompom using loose ends of drawstring if needed, otherwise these can be woven in on the inside of the hat.  

Special techniques:

Foundation Crochet Cord

  1. Make a slip knot allowing enough yarn on the short end for the length of the foundation cord
  2. Place the short end of yarn over the hook from front to back
  3. Yarn over the hook with the long end of yarn and pull through both lps on the hook
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for required number of stitches.

The video tutorial can be found here:

Locking Mattress Stitch

  1. Place the hat RS down with edges aligned side by side. Stitches will be worked through the top lps of each edge.
  2. Start the seam by inserting the needle from left to right through the first stitches of both panels at the bottom.
  3. Move one stitch up on the right side, insert the needle from right to left and continue to the first stitch on the left side (the one already worked into).
  4. Move one stitch up on the left side, insert the needle from left to right and continue to the last stitch worked into on the right side.   
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to end.
  6. Weave in ends.
Abbreviations:   
ch- chain  yrh- yarn round the hook  
st(s)- stitch(es)  pul- pull up a loop  
lp(s)- loop(s)  FP- forward pass  
tps- Tunisian purl stitchRP- return pass  
tss- Tunisian simple stitchapprox.- approximately  
tks- Tunisian knit stitch  rep- repeat  
ES- End stitchRS- right side  

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