Straight-Cabled Hat



What is Pilling?

Pilling happens to most yarn-made items over time (especially wool yarns) whether it's been knitted or crocheted. With frequent use and washing, the fibers on the surface of the yarn can start to lossen up and lose their binding to each other. This fuzzing of the yarn can eventually form tiny "pills" on the outside of your garments, leaving you frustrated. The best way I've found to remove them is to carefully snip them off with delicate scissors or nail clippers.



Solution to this problem?

Use yarn that doesn't pill, or is low pilling. Cotton, silk and linen are good options since they are less likely to pill. Acrylic yarns are also less likely to pill; however, they are not always the softest. Enter Yarn Bee Low -Pill Fiber yarn. It's 100% acrylic, but unlike other acrylic yarns, this one is super soft. I love using this yarn for hats, mittens, scarves, etc. If it's going to touch my skin I want it to be super soft!


Pattern Inspiration

I came across a similar pattern by Red Heart and loved the thick and coziness of it. It works as is without a pom pom, or add one for a fun twist. I also love that it's not overly feminine like a lot of winter hat patterns out there, so it could easily work for guys as well as gals!


Abbreviations

bpdc - back post double crochet (insert hook around post instead of into stitch)

dc - double crochet

fpdc - front post double crochet (insert hook around post instead of into stitch)

sc - single crochet

sl st - slip stitch


Notes

Rows 2 - 17 all begin with a ch 2. Each row ends with a sl st into beginning of first st in the row.


Pattern

R1: Start with a magic ring, make 12 dc around (12 dc)

R2: 2 dc in ea st around (24 dc)

R3: *fpdc around first 2 dc, 2 dc in ea of next 2 dc; repeat from * around (12 fpdc & 24 dc)

R4: *fpdc around first 2 fpdc, dc in ea of next 4 dc; repeat from * around (12 fpdc & 24 dc)

R5: *fpdc around first 2 fpdc, 2 dc in ea of next 4 dc; repeat from * around (12 fpdc & 48 dc)

R6: *fpdc around first 2 fpdc, dc in ea of next 3 dc, fpdc around next 2 dc, dc in ea of next 3 dc; repeat from * around (24 fpdc & 36 dc)

R7-13: *fpdc around next 2 fpdc, dc in next 3 dc; repeat from * around (24 fpdc & 36 dc)

R14: *fpdc around first 2 fpdc, bpdc around next dc, fpdc around next dc, bpdc around next dc; repeat from * around (36 fpdc & 24 bpdc)

R15 - 17: *fpdc around first 2 fpdc, bpdc around next bpdc, fpdc around next fpdc, bpdc around next bpdc; repeat from * around (36 fpdc & 24 bpdc)

R18+: Ch 1, sc in each st around (60 sc)


Fasten off with invisible stitch, and weave in ends.


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