Slouchy Cabled Beret

Slouchy Cabled Beret

I’ve knit or started to knit a few of these and have never been completely satisfied with the result. They are either too slouchy, or not slouchy enough, or use tiny needles, or the brim is too big for my head. Or it’s too lacy for winter. Something is always wrong with it!

I wanted big needles, big cables, and a hat in like six hours. So I did it myself!

11/21/09 Edit: Lots of people were getting a hat that was too small for their heads! I added Large Size Hat sizing that will add 4 inches to the width of the band and 3 inches to the depth.

12/5/09 Edit: Added a gauge!

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Slouchy Beret Pattern

Materials:
Worsted weight yarn, two strands held together, or a bulky yarn. I used two strands of Caron Simply Soft held together, about half the skein.
Set of 5 size 11 double pointed needles.

Gauge: 13 stitches and 12 rows= 4″ square in St st.

Size: S 16″ around at band, 10″ deep un-stretched (L  20″ around at band, 13″ deep un-stretched) – shown in size small

Directions:

Beret After Blocking on the Plate

Beret After Blocking on the Plate

CO 46 (56) sts with two strands of worsted weight yarn held together, or one strand of bulky weight yarn. Divide between 4 needles and join, PM.

Work in K1P1 rib for five rounds. At the end of the 5th round, K last 2 sts together.
K2 rounds even.

For Small Size Only :

Begin Cable Pattern:
Cable Round 1: [Sl 3 sts to CN and hold to back, K3, K3 sts from CN, K3] around.

K2 rounds even.

Inc Round: [KFB, K4, KFB, K3] around. 55 sts total

K1 round even.

For Both Sizes:

Cable Round 2: [K3, Sl 4 sts to CN and hold to front, K4, K4 sts from CN] around.

K2 rounds even.

Inc Round: [KFB, K1, KFB, K8] around. 65 sts total

K1 round even.

Cable Round 3: [Sl 4 sts to CN and hold to back, K4, K4 sts from CN, K5] around.

K4 rounds even.

Cable Round 4: [K5, Sl 4 sts to CN and hold to front, K4, K4 sts from CN] around.

K4 rounds even.

Cable Round 5: [Sl 4 sts to CN and hold to back, K4, K4 sts from CN, K5] around.

K4 rounds even.

For Large Size or Slouchier Hat:

Repeat Cable Round 4, K4 rounds even. Each repeated 5 round repeat should add 3 inches to the depth of the hat, so if you choose, repeat Cable Round 5 and K4 rounds even, then Cable Round 4 and K4 rounds even, as many times as you’d like.

Slouchy and Cabled Goodness

Slouchy and Cabled Goodness

Begin Decreasing for Top of Hat:
Decrease Round 1 / Cable Round 6: [K2tog, K1, K2tog, Sl 4 sts to CN and hold to front, K4, K4 sts from CN] around.
Round 2: Knit
Round 3: [K9, K2tog] around.
Round 4: Knit
Round 5: [K8, K2tog] around.
Round 6: [K7, K2tog] around.
Round 7: [K6, K2tog] around.
Round 8: [K5, K2tog] around.
Round 9: [K4, K2tog] around.
Round 10: [K3, K2tog] around.
Round 11: [K2, K2tog] around.
Round 12: [K1, K2tog] around.
Round 13: [K2tog] around (5 sts remain).

Cut yarn, pull through remaining sts, and secure.

Finishing:
Weave in ends. Block hat over a large plate to stretch it and make it nice and slouchy!

Cute (and Secure!) Ribbing

Cute (and Secure!) Ribbing

Pretty Braid Cables

Pretty Braid Cables