Thursday, March 15, 2012

COZY IN CABLES CAP



Many thanks to Virginia in WA for testing this pattern.

SIZE: 
12-15 inches

MATERIALS:          
Worsted weight yarn approximately 1.5 ounces
US size 10.5 (6.5 mm) 16 inch circular knitting needle
US size 10.5 (6.5 mm) double point needles
Cable needle or one of the above double point needles
Tapestry needle
Marker

GAUGE:
Approximately 16 sts = 4 inches

NOTES:
1.  Read instructions all the way through before beginning cap.
2.  This cap matches the sleep sack here.
3.  3/17/12 Now that I have made several of these caps, I think I like the K1, P1 ribbing better.  Give it a go and decide which you like best.

SPECIAL STITCHES:

C4B: Slip next 2 sts purl wise to cable needle (or double point needle) and hold to back of work, K2, K2 from cable needle.

INSTRUCTIONS:
With 16 inch needle, cast on 48 sts. Join and work in the round.

Place marker to denote beginning of round.

Rounds 1-5:  *K2, P2.  Repeat from * around.  (48 sts)

Switch to cable pattern.

Rounds 6-7: K4, P2.  Repeat from * around to marker.  (48 sts)

Round 8: *C4B, P2.  Repeat from * around to marker. (48 sts)

Rounds 9-11: K4, P2.  Repeat from * around to marker.  (48 sts)

Repeat rounds 6-11, until cap is approximately 5 inches from cast on edge.   Try to end with round 11.

Begin decreases:  Switch to double points when necessary.

Dec Round 1: *K4, P2tog.  Repeat from * to marker. (40 sts)

Dec Round 2: *K4, P1.  Repeat from * to marker. (40 sts)

Dec Round 3: *place 2 sts on cable needle as if to C4B, K2, K2tog off cable needle.  P1.  Repeat from * around to marker. (32 sts)

Dec Round 4: *K3, P1.  Repeat from * to marker. (32 sts)

Dec Round 5: *K1, K2tog, P1. Repeat from * to marker. (24 sts)

Dec Round 6: *K2tog, P1. Repeat from * to marker. (16 sts)

Dec Round 7: *K2tog.  Repeat from * to marker. (8 sts)

Cut yarn, weave end through remaining 8 sts. Draw tight and weave in end.




Comments:
do you not have to cable to the front as well as the back? Thanks for the awesome pattern!
 
No, the cables all go the same direction.
 
If I wanted to make this in a bigger size should I just go up in needle size or should I try increasing the number of stitches ? I need it for a 20 inch head.
 
I would cast on more stitches in increments of 6. 66 might be enough stitches, I'm not sure.
 
Could I knit this on straight needles then sew the back of it?
 
Then you would have to translate the rounds into rows and it would be easier to just find a pattern that is written to be knit flat.

Or take up the challenge and buy yourself double points and work it as written.
 
I would like to know how to use the 16" needles with only 48 stitches in the round. I made one of the cocoons with that needle but the hat I can't make in the round with this needle. I'm a fairly new knitter and can't figure it out. Could you please help me. Thank you.
 
Only thing I can suggest is make sure you aren't casting on tightly. After a couple rounds it gets easier.

Some people work the first few rounds as rows (turning) and then work in the round. They use the tail to close the gap created by working in rows.
 
I would go up size needles x
 
10.5 is already pretty big for worsted weight.
 
I believe there is an error on dec. round 4, should be *K4, P1*

 
I haven't knit one in ages, but will and check.
 
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