The Bradford Beanie is a worsted-weight hat with an intricate cable design. 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 at the beginning or the cable section in the hat body to create a more slouchy fit. There are 3 sizes given, to fit a child/teen, small adult, and large adult. The sample was knit in the middle size, adult small. 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 Victorian 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 that period.
To knit this hat, knitters will need to be comfortable with working cables. The pattern is fully charted, and complete written instructions are given as well. I suggest the use of a removable stitch marker because the beginning of round changes to accommodate the cable pattern in the hat body. Knitpicks Preciosa is extremely soft and has beautiful tonal variations, but other tonals, solids or tweedy worsted weight yarns could be substituted for a similar effect. I would recommend against choosing a striping or multicolor yarn as it will distract from the cable pattern.
Sizes Included: 14.5, 18, 21.5" circumference
Yarn Weight: Worsted
Yarn Line: Preciosa Tonal Worsted
Fiber Type: Wool
Needle Sizes: Size 8 (5mm): 16 inch circular and DPNs
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