The Bradford Beanie is made up of intricate cable designs. The hat begins with ribbing, and then twisting cables lead into the main body pattern. The crown has twisting cables worked along with the decreases for an attractive finish. The hat was intended to be worn fitted, but knitters can easily add to the ribbing or complete extra repeats of the cable section in the hat body to create a more slouchy fit. There are 3 sizes given: child/teen, adult small, and adult large. The cable pattern has plenty of stretch, so the fit is relatively forgiving.
The inspiration for this design came to me in a dream (really!) with the cables flowing over the background details. I chose the name Bradford because my parents owned a gorgeous 1901 Queen Anne house in Bradford, Pennsylvania. The imported staircase, pocket doors, turret, and other architectural elements were second to none. They were careful to restore the house in period-appropriate, elegant details and also filled it with beautiful antique furniture. I hope that this design conveys the intricacy and elegance of architecture from that period.
This pattern is fully charted, and complete written instructions are given as well. There are instructions included for a worsted weight version as well.
Sizes Included: 14.5", 18", 21.5" circumference
Yarn Weight: DK
Yarn Line: Capra DK
Fiber Type: Wool
Needle Sizes: US 8/5.0mm 16" circular needle and DPNs
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