Owl Cable Hat and Mitt Pattern

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Ridges of garter stitch and simple cables allow for yarn appreciation throughout the project.
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Hannah Thiessen challenges knitters of all skill levels to view their practice in a new way.
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Designer, Pam Allen created a simple hat and fingerless mitt set that celebrates the rustic beauty.
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“Slow Knitting,” by Hannah Thiessen encourages knitters to step back, pare down, and celebrate the craftsmanship of their work.

Slow Knitting(Abrams, 2017), by Hannah Thiessen urges knitter to source carefully, make thoughtfully, think environmentally, experiment fearlessly and explore openly. Each chapter contains explorations of fiber types; of well-known yarn types, makers, and yarn suppliers; and garment patterns inspire by the featured fibers. Thiessen proposes an approach to knitting that is both minimalist and all-encompassing, and emphasizes what makes knitting a meditation, a passion, and a unique necessity. The following excerpt is from the “Produce Thoughtfully” Chapter.

Who better to design a pattern than the person who designed the yarn? Pam created a simple hat and fingerless mitt set that celebrates the rustic beauty of Owl in high relief. The combination of basic knit and purl stitches used on panels is reminiscent of Guernsey patterning. Ridges of garter stitch and simple cables make these a knit that allows for yarn appreciation throughout the project. Since the stitches are approachable, these make a great group project that knitters of all levels can enjoy.

Finished Measurements

Hat: 17-1/4 inches (44 cm) circumference

Mitts: 7 inches (18 cm) hand circumference

Yarn

Quince & Co. Owl [50 percent American wool / 50 percent alpaca; 120 yards (110 meters) / 1-3/4 ounces (50 grams)]: 3 skeins Mesa (2 skeins for Hat, 1 skein for Mitts)

Needles

Hat: Size US 8 (5 mm) needle(s) in your preferred style for working in the rnd

Mitts: Size US 6 (4 mm) and US 7 (4.5 mm) needle(s) in your preferred style for working in the rnd

Change needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

Notions

Hat: Stitch marker

Mitts: Stitch markers; waste yarn

Gauge

Hat: 21 sts and 29 rnds = 4 inches (10 cm) in Hat Pattern, using size US 8 (5 mm) needles

Mitts: 19 sts and 34 rnds = 4 inches (10 cm) in Garter stitch, using size US 7 (5mm) needles

Special Abbreviations

LT: Slip 1 st to cable needle and hold to front, k1, k1 from cn. To work without a cable needle, insert needle from back to front between first and second sts and knit second st, then knit first st and slip both sts from left needle together.

RT : Slip 1 st to cable needle and hold to back, k1, k1 from cn. To work without a cable needle, skip first st and knit into front of second st, then knit first st and slip both sts from left needle together.

Stitch Patterns

Hat Pattern

(multiple of 15 sts; 4-rnd repeat)

Rnd 1: *P5, k2, p6, k2; repeat from * to end.

Rnd 2: *P1, k3, p1, RT, p1, k4, p1, LT; repeat from * to end.

Rnd 3: *P5, k2, p1, k4, p1, k2; repeat from * to end.

Rnd 4: *P1, k3, p1, RT, p1, k4, p1, LT; repeat from * to end.

Repeat Rnds 1–4 for Hat Pattern.

Mitts Pattern

(panel of 12 sts; 4-rnd repeat)

Rnd 1: P1, k2, p6, k2, p1.

Rnd 2: P1, RT, p1, k4, p1, LT, p1.

Rnd 3: P1, k2, p1, k4, p1, k2, p1.

Rnd 4: P1, RT, p1, k4, p1, LT, p1.

Repeat Rnds 1–4 for Mitts Pattern.

Hat

Note: Use your preferred method of working in the rnd.

Using Long-Tail CO (see Special Techniques, page 167), CO 90 sts. Join for working in the rnd, being careful not to twist sts; pm for beginning of rnd.

Begin Hat Pattern; work even until piece measures 10″ from the beginning, ending with Rnd 4 of pattern.

Shape Crown

Rnd 1: *P2tog, p1, p2tog-tbl, k2, p2tog, p2, p2tog-tbl, k2; repeat from * to end — 66 sts remain.

Rnd 2: *K3, RT, k4, LT; repeat from * to end.

Rnd 3: *K3tog, [k2tog] 4 times; repeat from * to end — 30 sts remain.

Rnd 4: *K2tog; repeat from * to end — 15 sts remain. Cut yarn, leaving a 12″ (30.5 cm) tail. Thread tail through remaining sts twice, pull tight, and fasten off.

Finishing

Block as desired.

Mitts

Right Mitt

Note: Use your preferred method of working in the rnd.

Using smaller needle(s) and Long-Tail CO (see Special Techniques, page 167), CO 36 sts. Join for working in the rnd, being careful not to twist sts; pm for beginning of rnd.

Rnd 1: P3, work Mitts Pattern over next 12 sts, p3, pm for beginning of palm, p18.

Rnd 2: K3, work to 3 sts before marker, k3, sm, knit to end.

Rnd 3: P3, work to 3 sts before marker, p3, purl to end.

Rnd 4: K3, work to 3 sts before marker, k3, knit to end.

Rnd 5: Repeat Rnd 3.

Change to larger needle.

Rnd 6: Work to marker, sm, k12, k2tog, yo, knit to end.

Rnd 7: Work to marker, sm, purl to end.

Rnd 8: Work to marker, sm, k11, k2tog, yo, knit to end.

Rnd 9: Work to marker, sm, purl to end.

Rnd 10: Work to marker, sm, k10, k2tog, yo, knit to end.

Rnd 11: Work to marker, sm, purl to end.

Shape Thumb Gusset

Rnd 1: Work to marker, sm, k11, yo, knit to end — 1 st increased.

Rnd 2: Work to marker, sm, purl to end.

Repeat Rnds 1 and 2 six more times — 43 sts; 18 sts for back of hand, 25 sts for palm.

Hand

Next Rnd: Work to marker, sm, k1, place next 11 sts on waste yarn for thumb, CO 4 sts over gap using Backward Loop CO (see Special Techniques, page 167), knit to end — 36 sts remain.

Work even until piece measures 6″ (15 cm) from the beginning, ending with Rnd 1 of Pattern. BO all sts purlwise.

Thumb

Transfer sts from waste yarn to larger needle(s), pick up and knit 1 st at left side edge of thumb opening, 4 sts from CO sts, then 1 st at right side edge of thumb opening — 17 sts. Join for working in the rnd; pm for beginning of rnd.

• Knit 1 rnd. Purl 1 rnd. Repeat from * until thumb measures 1″ (2.5 cm) from pick-up rnd, ending with a purl rnd. Bind off all sts purlwise.

Left Mitt

Work as for Right Mitt through Rnd 5.

Change to larger needle.

Rnd 6: Work to marker, sm, k4, yo, ssk, knit to end.

Rnd 7: Work to marker, sm, purl to end.

Rnd 8: Work to marker, sm, k5, yo, ssk, knit to end.

Rnd 9: Work to marker, sm, purl to end.

Rnd 10: Work to marker, sm, k6, yo, ssk, knit to end.

Rnd 11: Work to marker, sm, purl to end.

Shape Thumb Gusset

Rnd 1: Work to marker, sm, k7, yo, knit to end — 37 sts.

Rnd 2: Work to marker, sm, purl to end.

Rnd 3: Work to marker, sm, knit to last 11 sts, yo, knit to end — 1 st increased.

Rnd 4: Work to marker, sm, purl to end.

Repeat Rnds 3 and 4 five more times — 43 sts; 18 sts for back of hand, 25 sts for palm.

Hand

Next Rnd: Work to marker, sm, k13, place next 11 sts on waste yarn for thumb, CO 4 sts over gap using Backward Loop CO, k1 — 36 sts remain.

Complete as for Right Mitt.

Finishing

Block as desired.

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Reprinted with permission fromSlow Knitting, by Hannah Thiessen and published by Abrams, 2017.