Keelback Hat

Keelback Hat 1


Keelback is an easy-to-wear, fun to knit hat with a bit of slouch.

The hat is worked with an unusual construction: first, the cabled band is started with a provisional cast-on. Buttonbands are picked up from the top and bottom when the cable is complete. Then stitches are picked up from the sides for the bottom ribbing and the stockinette stitch crown.

Also available as a set with the matching fingerless mitts here!

SIZES: Medium (Large)

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: Finished hat circumference: 20.25 (22.25)” or 51.5 (56.5) cm; to fit heads from 21-22 (23-24)” or 53.5-56 (58.5-61) cm

YARN: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino DK (100% merino; 225 yds/206 m per skein); 1 skein; color Grey Garden

NEEDLES: US #5 / 3.75 mm circular needle, 16” long; US #6 / 4.0 mm circular needle, 16” long; US #6 / 4.0 mm double-pointed needles, set of 4 or 5

NOTIONS: Cable needle, yarn needle, stitch marker, smooth waste yarn, stitch holder, four buttons (3/4”/2 cm in diameter). Optional: crochet hook in size US #7 4.5 mm or US #8 5.0 mm, if using crochet provisional cast on

GAUGE: 25 sts/30 rows = 4 inches/10 cm in cable pattern on larger needles; 24 sts/27 rows = 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette stitch on larger needles.

Important Gauge Note: Because the cable panel is worked sideways, row gauge is more important for proper fit than stitch gauge for this pattern. Make sure you knit a swatch and check your gauge carefully.

SKILLS NEEDED: Working in the round, cabling, three-needle bind off, picking up sts, basic decreases, provisional cast on

This pattern may be purchased for $3.50 through my Ravelry store or by clicking the “Buy Now” button below (you do not have to have a Ravelry account to purchase). The .pdf patterns will be automatically stored in your Ravelry library or emailed to you.

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Keelback Hat 2 IMG_0881 Keelback Hat Drawing