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Floating Spiral Hat

An offset cable pattern creates rich and organic texture in this hat.

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The cables of the Floating Spiral Hat are deliberately misaligned and offset, creating an organic, flowing pattern that mimics the bark of a tree. Because an irregular pattern would require a very large chart, the motif is given in text, not charts. Owen Biesel works crown decreases with the cable twists, creating an overall sculptural spiral effect.


Finished Size: 24" brim circumference.

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed (85% wool, 15% angora; 96 yd [88 m]/50 g): #8 green, 2 skeins. Yarn distributed by Knitting Fever.

Yarn Weight: #4 - Medium

Size 8 (5 mm): 16" circular (cir) and set of 5 double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Marker (m); cable needle (cn); tapestry needle.

Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4" in St st; 14 sts and 28 rows = 4" in 1×1 rib (stretched); 30 sts and 32 rows = 4" in cable patt.

Originally Published: Interweave Knits Winter 2009

SKU: EP2086

Author/Speaker/Editor: Owen Biesel

Format: eProject