Your Adventure Awaits Hat Free Knitting Pattern

Your Adventure Awaits Hat

 

The inspiration for this pattern comes from a hat I saw in an outdoor retailer magazine. It is my own take on that hat from a well-known outdoor brand that rhymes with “The Morph Phase”. In fact, it is a nicer version of that hat since this one keeps the integrity of the cables all the way to the crown, ending in a star-shaped pattern.

It is knit in the round from the bottom up. It’s an easy cabled hat consisting 5 cables separated by a honeycomb-style panel.  This hat will fit most adult sized heads. It is knit with smaller needles than what is usually called for to create a more snuggly fabric for those cold winter days.

It can be knit in less than 8 hours so it’ s a great gift idea!

 

Your Adventure Awaits Hat

 

MATERIALS:

– One skein of Malabrigo Worsted

– Size US 7 (4.5 mm) 16” / 40 cm circular needle and set of double pointed needles (DPNs)

– Size US 5 (3.75 mm) 16” / 40 cm circular needle

– One cable needle or DPN

– Stitch markers

– Tapestry needle

– Scissors

Yarn balls

 

NOTIONS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Casting on, knitting and purling, knitting in the round, increasing purlwise, cabling, traveling stitches, decreasing, binding off.

Pink Hat Adventure Crown

GAUGE

19 stitches on 29 rows = 4” in stockinette on size US 7 needles in the round.

 

ABBREVIATIONS

C6F:

Slip next 3 stitches on a cable needle or DPN and hold at front of work, knit the next 3 stitches on your normal needle, then knit the 3 stitches on cable needle.


Honeycomb-style traveling cable panel
T2L: slip 1 knit stitch on a cable needle or DPN and hold at front of work.  Purl the next stitch on the regular needle, then knit the stitch on the cable needle.

T2R: slip 1 purl stitch on a cable needle or DPN and hold at the back of the work.  Knit the next stitch on your regular needle, then purl the stitch on the cable needle.

Decrease TW2:
You are twisting the next 2 stitches without knitting them.
Put 1 stitch on cable needle in front of work if knit OR in back of work if purl,
slip the next stitch on the regular needle and
put back the stitch on the cable needle on the regular needle and finally
slip back the other stitch.  Then proceed as told in the pattern.
Adventure Hat Closeup

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BODY

Cast on 88 stitches on size 5 US needles using the long-tail cast-on or your favorite stretchy cast-on.  
A tip for estimating the long-tail end length you’ll need is to loop the yarn 3 times around your head and adding 2-3 inches. This should leave you with enough yarn to cast on plus about a 6-inch tail to weave the end in.

Join stitches being careful not to twist.  
Tip: make sure the cast-on stitches are inside the circle of your circular needle or

DPNs and then join by knitting the first stitch that you casted on.)  

Place marker.

 

ROUND 1-8: K2, P2, repeat until end of round.
Be aware that the long-tail cast-on results in one knitted round which means you’ll have
10 knitted rounds of ribbing after round 9.  If you did use a different cast-on you should knit an extra round.

ROUND 9: K2, P2, repeat until end of round. At end of round, M2 purlwise. 90 stitches.

Move marker so beginning of round is on the next purl stitch.

Switching to bigger size needles (US 7)

 

Adventure Hat Pink WIP

 


ROUND 10: {P2, K6, P2}, [K1, P2, K2, P2, K1], repeat 4 times (5 repeats total).

The stitches between the { } are the classic front cable panel.

The stitches between the [ ] are the ones required to form the honeycomb-style traveling

cable panel.

ROUND 11:  {P2, K6, P2}, [T2L, T2R, T2L, T2R], repeat 4 times (5 repeats total).
ROUND 12: Knit the knits and purl the purls.
ROUND 13: {P2, K6, P2}, [T2R, T2L, T2R, T2L] repeat 4 times (5 repeats total).
ROUND 14: Knit the knits and purl the purls.
ROUND 15: {P2, C6F, P2}, [T2L, T2R, T2L, T2R], repeat 4 times (5 repeats total).
ROUND 16: Knit the knits and purl the purls.

 

ROUND 17:  {P2, K6, P2}, [T2R, T2L, T2R, T2L], repeat 4 times (5 repeats total).
ROUND 18: Knit the knits and purl the purls.
ROUND 19: {P2, K6, P2}, [T2L, T2R, T2L, T2R] repeat 4 times (5 repeats total).
ROUND 20: Knit the knits and purl the purls.
ROUND 21: {P2, C6F, P2}, [T2R, T2L, T2R, T2L], repeat 4 times (5 repeats total).
ROUND 22: Knit the knits and purl the purls.

 

ROUND 23:  {P2, K6, P2}, [T2L, T2R, T2L, T2R], repeat 4 times (5 repeats total).
ROUND 24: Knit the knits and purl the purls.
ROUND 25: {P2, K6, P2}, [T2R, T2L, T2R, T2L] repeat 4 times (5 repeats total).
ROUND 26: Knit the knits and purl the purls.
ROUND 27: {P2, C6F, P2}, [T2L, T2R, T2L, T2R], repeat 4 times (5 repeats total).
ROUND 28: Knit the knits and purl the purls.

 

ROUND 29:  {P2, K6, P2}, [T2R, T2L, T2R, T2L], repeat 4 times (5 repeats total).
ROUND 30: Knit the knits and purl the purls.
ROUND 31: {P2, K6, P2}, [T2L, T2R, T2L, T2R] repeat 4 times (5 repeats total).
ROUND 32: Knit the knits and purl the purls.
ROUND 33: {P2, C6F, P2}, [T2R, T2L, T2R, T2L], repeat 4 times (5 repeats total).
ROUND 34: Knit the knits and purl the purls.

 

ROUND 35:  {P2, K6, P2}, [T2L, T2R, T2L, T2R], repeat 4 times (5 repeats total).
ROUND 36: Knit the knits and purl the purls.
ROUND 37: {P2, K6, P2}, [T2R, T2L, T2R, T2L] repeat 4 times (5 repeats total).
ROUND 38: Knit the knits and purl the purls.
ROUND 39: {P2, C6F, P2}, [T2L, T2R, T2L, T2R], repeat 4 times (5 repeats total).
ROUND 40: Knit the knits and purl the purls.

 

ROUND 41:  {P2, K6, P2}, [T2R, T2L, T2R, T2L], repeat 4 times (5 repeats total).
ROUND 42: Knit the knits and purl the purls.
ROUND 43: {P2, K6, P2}, [T2L, T2R, T2L, T2R] repeat 4 times (5 repeats total).
ROUND 44: Knit the knits and purl the purls.
ROUND 45: {P2, C6F, P2}, [T2R, T2L, T2R, T2L], repeat 4 times (5 repeats total).
ROUND 46: Knit the knits and purl the purls.

 

ROUND 47: {P2, K6, P2}, [T2L, T2R, T2L, T2R], repeat 4 times (5 repeats total).
ROUND 48: Knit the knits and purl the purls.
Pink Adventure Hat closeup

 

CROWN DECREASE:

For the decrease section we are keeping the integrity of the cables while decreasing along the honeycomb-style traveling panels until we cable one last time.

ROUND 49: {P2, K6, P2}, TW2 and then knit these 2 stitches together through the back loop, T2R, T2L, TW2 and then knit these 2 stitches together.  Repeat 4 times (total 5 repeats).  80 stitches.
ROUND 50: Knit the knits and purl the purls.
ROUND 51: {P2, C6F, P2}, K1, K2TOG, SSK, K1  Repeat 4 times (total 5 repeats) 70 stitches.
ROUND 52: Knit the knits and purl the purls.
ROUND 53: {P2, K6, P2}, SSK, K2TOG.  Repeat 4 times (total 5 repeats).  60 stitches.
ROUND 54: Knit the knits and purl the purls.
ROUND 55: {P2, K6, P2} , K2TOG.  Repeat 4 times (total 5 repeats).  55 stitches.
ROUND 56: {P2, K6, P2}, P1. Repeat 4 times (total 5 repeats).  55 stitches.
ROUND 57: P2TOG, C6F, P2TOG, P1. Repeat 4 times (total 5 repeats) 45 stitches.
ROUND 58: P1, SSK, K2, K2TOG, P2TOG.  Repeat 4 times (total 5 repeats).  30 stitches.
ROUND 59: P1, K4, P1. Repeat 4 times (total 5 repeats).  30 stitches
ROUND 60: K2TOG, K2, SSK. Repeat 4 times (total 5 repeats). 20 stitches.
ROUND 61: K1, K2TOG, K1.  Repeat 4 times (total 5 repeats). 15 stitches.

Cut a tail of about 6 inches.

Bind off by using a tapestry needle and going through the remaining 15 stitches twice.   Pull through the center of the hat with tapestry needle and weave in the end.  Weave in the cast-on end.

 

Pink Adventure Hat

2 Comments on Your Adventure Awaits Hat Free Knitting Pattern

  1. Christelle,
    I’ve been reading through this hat pattern, which I like very much. Is it your design?
    If so, you may be able to help me with a few questions. perhaps I can describe my thoughts first.

    With a gauge of 4.75 st/inch, casting on 88 stitches WITH A US 7 will give a brim circumference of about 18.5”, which is on the small size for an average female.
    If I cast on 88 stitches WITH A US 5 (as the pattern recommends), the circumference will be even smaller. It seems I should cast on a larger number, but if that is so, I don’t know how to calculate it. Nor do I know what that will do to the body of the hat pattern. Should I add additional pattern repeats?

    Can you offer some guidance or actual help?

    Thanks in advance,
    Susan

    • Hi Susan,

      thanks for you question.

      A few things to keep in mind about the hat pattern:
      – The use of US5 needles is for the brim only. You should switch to US7 after the ribbing.
      – Most hats (except slouch hats) are made with the intent of a little negative ease, so it sits and stays on the head.
      – The combination of yarn and needle size in this pattern creates a dense fabric.

      That being said, if you think the hat would turn out too small, here are a few things you can do:
      – Use a larger size needle; for example, using US6 for the brim and US8 for the body of the hat. As long as you like the fabric it gives you, this can make the hat a little bigger while you can continue following the pattern.

      – If you’d rather knit a larger size altogether, what you can do is increase 10 stitches for a total of 98 stitches, which would give you a hat that’s roughly 21″ in diameter. The way to do this is to add 2 stitches to each of the honeycomb pattern sections. So, in round 11 and the following rounds, instead of having ” [T2L, T2R, T2L, T2R]”, you would have” [T2L, T2R, T2L, T2R, T2L]. So, the last traveling cable would mirror the first traveling stitch. It will of course require an additional decrease round, which you can perform like the other decreases in the pattern. The pattern is made so the cables are what gets decreased last, to create a pretty star-shaped crown.

      Of course, changing the gauge means that you may have to increase or decrease the number of rounds you knit. One piece of advice: knit until your hat measures almost 8″ (9-10″ if you’d prefer a slouchy hat) before starting the decreases.

      Hope it helps!

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