Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Winter Cabled Cowl and Bobble Hat

Here is a sweet little cabled Winter Cowl and Bobble Hat which you can make for any Adult/Teen.


Very warm and chunky, with the cable detail adding interest and thickness.

The cowl measures 26" x 7" (adaptable)
The hat measures 20"-22" circumference x 9" (also adaptable by simply working extra rows for length, or adding another multiple of 7 sts for a larger men's hat.

This is an Intermediate level pattern; you will need some basic knowledge of working with cables, although instructions are given in the pattern.

Written in US terms, a chart to convert to UK terms is included.


Winter Cowl and Bobble Hat

Materials:  2 skeins worsted weight yarn, I used Hayfield Aran with 20% wool in “Teal”; 5mm hook, a few beads for the cowl tie; yarn needle.

To fit:  Adult/Teens

Gauge:  14 sts and 10 rows in cable pattern using 5mm hook = 4”


Pattern is written in US terms, a chart to convert to UK terms in included at the end.


Abbreviations:  sc = single crochet; dc = double crochet; fpdc = front post double crochet; bpdc = back post double crochet; ch = chain; beg = beginning; sk = skip; sl st = slip stitch

Special sts

Cable:  Skip 2 sts, fpdc into each of the next 2 sts.  Bringing your hook in front of your work, fpdc into each of the 2 skipped sts, drawing the stitches up to cross over the 2 you did previously.  (For example, count 4 sts from right to left… so visually, it looks like 4,3,2,1 from left to right.   Work the first 2 fpdc into stitches 3 then 4, then cross over to work fpdc in stitch 1 then 2.  Your cable is complete.)


The Cowl:



To begin:  With 5mm hook, make a single crochet foundation chain of 70.  (you can make this larger or smaller if you wish, by making any multiple of 7).

Join to beg dc to make a loop, being careful not to twist the work.

Row 1:  Ch3, dc around.  Sl st to beg ch3.

Row 2:  Ch1, fpdc around same dc from the row below.  Work a Cable over the next 4 dc, as instructed in “Special Stitches”, *fpdc into each of the next 3 sts, Cable over the next 4 sts*; repeat from * to * to last 2 sts, fpdc in the next 2 sts  join to beg fpdc. 

Repeat this row until you reach 6” in length.

Next Row:  Ch1, work 3 rows single crochet to edge the cowl, then turn the cowl around, attach yarn to the opposite edge and work 2 rows of single crochet around there also.  This will stop the edges curling up as they often do with cabled items.

Take about 9 metres of yarn, divided into 3, and using all 3 together, make a chain to thread through the cowl.  Leave a bit of a tail at the end if you wish to add on beads, as you will need to tie a knot in the cord afterwards to stop the beads coming off.

Thread 3 beads onto the ends of each tie, tie a large, firm knot in the end of the three strands, and trim as desired.

Weave in your ends.


Hat:


Row 1:  With 5mm hook, make a magic ring.  Ch2, make 9 hdc into the ring, join with beg hdc. (8)

Row 2:  Ch2, hdc in same st;  2hdc in each stitch around, join with beg hdc. (16)

Row 3: Ch2, hdc into same st; *1 hdc into next st, 2 hdc into next st*, rep from * to * around to last st; hdc into last st, join with beg hdc.  (24)

Row 4:  Ch2, hdc into same st; *1 hdc into next 2 sts, 2 hdc into next st*, rep from * to * around to last 2 sts; hdc into each of last 2 sts, join with beg hdc.  (32)

Row 5:  Ch2, hdc into same st; *1 hdc into next 3 sts, 2 hdc into next st*, rep from * to * around to last 3 sts, 1 hdc into each of the last 3 sts; join with beg hdc.  (40)

Row 6: Ch2, hdc into same st; *1 hdc into next 4 sts, 2 hdc into next st*, rep from * to * around to last 4 sts; 1 hdc into each of the last 4 sts; join with beg hdc.  (48)

Row 7:  Ch2, hdc into same st; *1 hdc into next 5 sts, 2 hdc into next st*, rep from * to * around to last 4 sts; 1 hdc into each of the last 5 sts; join with beg hdc.  (56)

Row 8:  Ch1, fpdc around same hdc from the row below.  Work a Cable over the next 4 hdc, as instructed in “Special Stitches”, *fpdc into each of the next 3 sts, Cable over the next 4 sts*; repeat from * to * to last 2 sts, fpdc in the next 2 sts  join to beg fpdc. 

Repeat Row 8 until the hat measures 8” from the crown.

Next Row:  Ch1, fpdc around same st from the row below, *bpdc into next st, fpdc into next st*, rep from * to * around, sl st to beg fpdc. 

Repeat this row 2 or 3 more times, according to how long you want the band to be. 

Next Row:  Ch1, sc in each st around.  Sl st to beg sc, fasten off and weave in ends.

Make a large pom-pom in your usual manner (I just wrapped the yarn around the width of my hand over and over then tied it in the centre before cutting the edges.  This worked very well to create a good sized pom-pom. 

Cord detail:

Using about 6 metres of yarn divided into three, as you did with the tie for the cowl, make a long chain.  Thread this through the band of the hat, and secure it at the inside at the back.  Make sure there is still enough stretch in the band before you finally secure it.

Weave in your ends, and you hat and cowl  are done!


©AG Handmades 2014



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