Cables!

slouchy cabled hat

Do you guys watch Once Upon A Time? It’s okay if you don’t, it’s an ABC Family original series, and I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that I love it. When we started watching it, it was the perfect storm of TV boredom, one of the Bobbies from Mad Men, the show being juust entertaining enough to keep you going, and our love of having stuff to snark on. Anyway, I’ve always been really impressed with their outerwear choices for the lady characters, (even though it apparently never snows  on that show? In Maine? What?) and I was particularly taken with this hat.

I have a larger than normal head, and even though I love toboggans, they always fit so tightly, which looks ridiculous. I loved how loosely that one fit, and as I grabbed my computer to search for a similar hat to purchase, I was like wait. I can make this.I know how to knit.

One of my weirdo tendencies is that if I get the idea to start a project, I have to start it right away, and I can’t stop until I’m finished. This is good with large scale, messy projects, when you want the disruption to be as minimal as possible, but bad for living a balanced life. For example: I have been working on knitting a scarf for like two weeks, and it’s driving me crazy that I can’t just finish it already!

slouchy cabled hat

The most exciting part of the project was that I had to learn how to cable. For a long time, I thought cabling was this mystical, extremely difficult technique that only the most advanced knitters should attempt, but it turns out that basic cabling is super easy. There are tons of tutorials online, and you can start seeing the cable almost instantly, which is very rewarding.

I think the hat turned out pretty well. It’s nice and loose, just like I wanted, and it both stays on and doesn’t make me look like I have no hair, so I’m pleased. It also awakened this knitting/crafting obsession with me, so I am going to have a lot of stuff to show you guys when Christmas is over.

If you’re interested in making this hat, the pattern can be found here. I used cream all-cotton yarn that I found at Michael’s. It’s only one of like two all-cotton yarns they carry, so it shouldn’t be hard to find.

  • Laura

    I like your loose one better than the pattern <3 What gauge did you use??

    • lovecitron

      Thanks! Here is where I hang my head and admit that I still don’t understand what gauges are for or how to use them. I used the recommended needle size, but I think a thinner yarn then what they suggested.

  • Gabie

    Whoa! Alison, this is amazing. You are a knitting machine! Please teach me how to actually use a pattern and finish projects. :)

    • lovecitron

      haha, thanks Gabie! Using a pattern is super easy now because of the internet, I just google anything I don’t understand and find videos on how to do it! But we should have a craft knitting night and trade tips. :)

  • amber

    ALISON! That hat is amazing! (I’m just catching up on your blog) I’m amazed at your skills!! I’ve been working on a scarf for a few weeks and I can only manage a few rows before my fingers start cramping ( its only about pot holder size :/ )

    • lovecitron

      Thanks, Amber! My hand used to cramp up too, but I think after a while you either build up your hand muscles or your grip relaxes. :)