Shore is a ribbed watch cap with a subtle, Art Nouveau-inspired pattern of cascading diagonal cables. The allover ribbed texture gives this hat a snug but stretchy fit, and its understated, classic style flatters both men and women, making it a great gift knit.
This design is knit in the round, and includes an optional tubular cast on and two style variations for the ribbed brim. Version A is a modern beanie with a single brim, while Version B has a longer brim to be folded over and worn in the classic watch cap style.
This pattern is written in one size; both versions measure 19” circumference, blocked and unstretched, to comfortably fit average adult head sizes 20-23”. Version A measures 8 1/4” long, Version B measures 8 1/2” long as worn with 2 3/8” brim folded up (10 7/8” total length, unfolded).
Version A: 165 yards (151 meters) of worsted weight wool or wool-blend yarn
Version B: 220 yards (201 meters) of worsted weight wool or wool-blend yarn
Sample shown is Version B, knit in Will-Ewe Farm Yarn Cormo (2-ply light worsted, 90% Cormo wool / 10% fine black wool).
32-stitch chart repeat measures 4 3/4” wide, blocked and unstretched
27 stitches x 30 rows = 4” square in 2x2 ribbing knit in the round, blocked and unstretched
Needle Size A (both versions):
One pair 16” circular needles and one set double-pointed-needles (DPNs) in size needed to obtain gauge (36”+ circular needle can be substituted for 16” circular and DPNs if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round)
Recommended size: US 4 / 3.5 mm
Needle Size B (both versions):
One pair 16” circular needles one size smaller than gauge needle for tubular cast-on
Recommended size: US 3 / 3.25 mm
Needle Size C (Version B only):
One pair 16” circular needles two sizes smaller than gauge needle for brim fold rounds
Recommended size: US 2 / 2.75 mm
Intermediate: Skills required for this pattern include casting on, knitting in the round, knitting cables, and decreasing. Instructions are provided for optional special techniques including tubular cast-on and cabling without the use of a cable needle.
Instructions for cabled stitch patterns are provided in both charted and written form.