FO – Freedom and Cables Test Knit

Hi All! How’s your February going? It’s going pretty fast for me. Things are super busy at both home and work. I did take the day yesterday to catch up on some shows and knit on my cardigan. And this weekend, hubby and I had a picnic at one of our favorite wineries and then did a wine and chocolate pairing at another of our favorite wineries. It was so gorgeous. Being out in the fresh breeze sipping wine was nice and relaxing.

Recently I read a post by my fellow sock knitter, Kat from felinityknits, and fell in love with the hat she had knit. Come to find out that it was her own pattern. I let her know that if she ever decided to write up the pattern, I would gladly test knit it for her. Lo and behold, a few days later, she sent over the pattern. There were very minor edits and overall it was very well written and easy to follow.

There are two versions: one color and two colors and you can see both on Kat’s blog post about them. I decided to knit the one with one color. I definitely recommend going by her yardage, as the skein I picked out had about 20 less yards and I lost at yarn chicken when I only had 6 rows to go. I even deleted one of the cable repeats thinking it would be enough.

Yarn Chicken Fail

Luckily I found some yarn that had the exact same color in it and only needed 2 grams to finish it off.

Two grams of beautiful perfection…don’t you love how the cables continue until the very end?

Once I made the pom-pom out of the same yarn and added it to the top of the hat, you couldn’t even tell I had run out. Before I show you the finished hat, check out how much this yarn bled! It is a discontinued colorway called Cherry and the base is Madelinetosh Tosh DK. I bought it back in 2015 so it was awesome to knit from my stash. The yarn I used to finish it off and make the pom-pom is Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend. The colorway is number 3109 Woodland DK and it’s also been in my stash for awhile.

Seriously yarn bleeding

Oh, here’s another thing. Do not aggressively block your hat! This thing was humongous on me after I blocked it and it fit perfectly before hand. Turns out you should lay it flat to dry instead of trying to stretch it over a great, big balloon or let it drag itself down on a styrofoam head. Ugh. I had to reblock, praying that it would shrink back (it shrank 1 1/2 inches both ways), and now it fits perfectly! When adding the pom-pom, use a large button to stabilize it and make sure you tie it in a bow so it’s easy to take off when you need to wash it again.

Didn’t it turn out gorgeous? I have gotten so many compliments already and it’s coming in super handy with the very cold weather the past couple of days. My project notes can be found on Ravelry here. Kat’s pattern is up on her blog (linked above) and is also on Ravelry as a free pattern. If you have never made a hat with cables, or worked with cables at all, or you love cables and weren’t sure what to make next, check out her pattern! I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!


11 Comments Add yours

  1. Yaaay! Your hat is so lovely – thank you thank you thank you for being my test knitter!

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you for allowing me to test knit 🙂 I really love this pattern!

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  2. Stefanie says:

    That’s a great trick about stabilizing the pom pom! I never thought of that before. I like how you shared about what happened when you tried the balloon blocking. I don’t care how big the body of the hat gets, but the brim must be a snug fit for my small head.

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    1. Thank you! I learned the button trick from Stacy of VeryPinkKnits. It really helps stabilize the pom-pom and you don’t feel it when its on your head. You should have seen how big the hat was before I reblocked it! It fell all the way down to my shoulders…I probably could have left it as a slouchy hat; however I wanted it to fit like it did before I blocked it.

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  3. Knit Potion says:

    This is one of the best recoveries from a yarn chicken fail I’ve ever seen. The mix of colors on the very top and on the pompom is PERFECT!!! This is a super cute hat too!! Not sure this one will get done this year, but it’s definitely going in my queue. 🙂

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    1. Aww…thanks so much! I was absolutely stunned when I pulled the yarn out of my stash and saw how perfectly it matched the color of my original yarn 🙂 I can’t wait to see yours…if and when you get around to it 🙂


  4. AJ says:

    That’s exactly the hat I’ve been looking for!

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    1. Woo hoo! I can’t wait to see what colors you make it in!

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      1. AJ says:

        Hmmm I’ll have to think of something that will go with everything!

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