Link is an apt name for this modern take on the classic cabled beanie, which features bold columns of paired rope cables interconnected by branching diagonal twists. Thoughtful details — seamless transitions from the brim ribbing to the cables, hidden crown decreases, and optional tubular edges — also combine for an overall polished effect. Choose between two brim styles and top off with a jaunty pom-pom, or leave unadorned to showcase the vanishing cable motifs.
19¼” [49 cm] circumference (to comfortably fit average adult head sizes 20-23″ [51-58.5 cm])
8½ (9¾)” [21.5 (25) cm] length, (Watchcap length measured with brim folded up)
170 (216) total yards of worsted weight wool yarn (plus 40 yards for optional pom-pom)
2 (2) skeins Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 140 yards/50 grams)
Photographed in colors Pumice (Beanie) and Yellowstone (Watchcap)
25 stitches x 30 rows = 4″ in Link Chart pattern with Size A needle(s), after blocking
One 30-stitch motif from Link Chart measures 4½” wide with Size A needle(s), after blocking
Size A (for Main Fabric)
One 16″ circular needle and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs)* in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 4.5 mm (US 7)
Size B (for Ribbing)
One 16″ circular needle*, two sizes smaller than Size A
Suggested Size: 3.75 mm (US 5)
Size C (for Tubular Cast On and Turning Rounds only)
One 16″ circular needle*, one size smaller than Size B
Suggested Size: 3.5 mm (US 4)
* 32″ circular needle can be used instead of 16″ circular and DPNs if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round.
Intermediate: Skills required include knitting in the round, knitting cables, reading charts, and decreasing.
Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:
2x2 Tubular Cast On
Instructions for cabled stitch patterns and crown shaping are provided in charted form only.
LINK was originally published in Brooklyn Tweed’s Holiday ‘18 collection.
Photographs by Jared Flood, courtesy of Brooklyn Tweed.
For more information, visit brooklyntweed.com.