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Kaya Cabled Bi-Color Hat
(100% wool)


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Designed & Knit by Laura Andersson,
CPY “Sock Guru” and Sirius Knitting Publications

Inspiration: My husband loves hats – so that makes them extra fun to knit. Now his co-workers ask, where’s your newest hat? This design came about because we were torn between two lovely yarn colors, so decided to combine them both!

Crystal Palace Kaya 2 - 50 gr balls Main color (MC), 1 - 50 gm ball Kaya contrasting color (CC)

Crystal Palace Bamboo Circular needles sizes 10 & 10.5; DP’s in size 10.5 US (6 mm) for crown (or size needed to obtain gauge).
Note: you may want to go up one size as cables are generally constricting plus we have to compensate for the 2-color stranding and avoid over-tightening.
Large eyed tapestry needle or crochet hook

Gauge: 4.5 sts per inch (18sts/10 cm) over St st.

Size: Adult M-L (L)

CO- cast on; dpn- double pointed needles; K- Knit; K2tog - knit 2 sts together; P- Purl; rep - repeat; St st - stockinette stitch; YO - yarn over; PSSO - pass slip st over; rnd(s) - round(s); st(s)- stitch(es); tog - together. C3F: hold 3 sts in front; knit the next 3 sts; now knit the 3 sts from the cable needle.

With MC & smaller circular needles, CO 96 (112) st. Join, being careful not to twist and place marker. P1 rnd; work 1 in of K2P2 rib. Change to larger circular needles, Join CC and begin Bi-colored cables pattern.
to avoid working each cable with a separate strand of yarn as Intarsia, the pattern is written for “stranding”. This means the color not in use is carried across the back, laid loosely over the working yarn every 2-3 sts. Do not go to 4 sts or you can end up with excessive tightness; remember to keep the non-working yarn loose.

Rnds 1 & 2:
*[(P2, K6) with CC; (p2, K6) with MC], around.
Rnd 3:
*[(P2, C3F) with CC; (P2, C3F) with MC], around.
Rnds 4-7:
as rnd 1.
At the end of every 7 rnds, shift cable thusly:

Knit 4 sts with MC and move the st marker.
Repeat rnds 1-7 of the cable pattern from the new shifted position.
Work the 7 rnd cable pattern as established, including cable shift, for 5-7 repeats, depending on desired hat length. End with rnd 7.
Prepare for crown shaping.
This will include a continuation of the cabling; prepare to change from circ needle to DP for ease of knitting.

Dec Rnd 1:
*[(P2tog, K6) with CC; (P2, K6 with MC)], around. Work one rnd of *[(P1, K6 with CC; P2, K6 with MC)].
*[P1, C3F); (P2, C3F)], around
Dec Rnd 2:
*[(P1, K6) with CC; (P2tog, K6 with MC)]. Work one rnd of *[P1, K6 with CC; P1, K6 with MC]
Dec Rnd 3:
*[P1, K2tog, K4 with CC; P1, K6 with MC]. Work one rnd of [P1, K5 CC; P1, K6 MC]
Dec Rnd 4:
K4 MC to shift cable; now *[P1, K5 CC; P1, K2tog, K4 MC]. Work one rnd of *[P1, K5 CC; P1 K5 MC]
*[(with CC- P1, hold 3 front, K2, K3 from holder); (with MC- P1, hold 3 front, K2, K3 from holder]
Dec Rnd 5:
(with CC- P1, K2tog, K3; with MC- P1, K2tog, K3). Work one rnd of (P1, K4 with CC; P1, K4 with MC).
Dec Rnd 6:
(with CC – P1, K2tog, K2; with MC – P1, K2tog, K2). Work one rnd of (P1, K3 with CC; P1, K3 with MC).
*(with CC - P1, hold 2 front, K1, K2 from holder; with MC- P1, hold 2 front, K1, K2 from holder)
Dec Rnd 7:
*(with CC- P1, K2tog, K1; with MC – P1, K2tog, K1). Work one rnd of (P1, K2 CC; P1, K2 MC).
Dec Rnd 8:
(with CC – P1, K2tog; with MC – P1, Ktog). Work one rnd of (P1, K1 with CC; P1, K1 with MC) *(K2tog CC; K2tog MC), around.
Cut MC if desired leaving an ~8 in end. Repeat the K2tog rnd until only 6-8 sts remain. Cut yarn leaving ~ 8 in end, and with crochet hook, pull yarn through each st one at a time and drop off needle. Pull ends tautly and carry to inside.

Finishing: Tuck in all ends

Designed & Knit by Dr Laura Andersson.
Laura is the editor (and author-designer) of Friendly Socks, Vol.1 & Vol. 2, Friendly Socks, Vol 2: A-Z. A 3rd set Friendly Socks, Vol. 3, Fifty States, is in progress. Information about these books can be found at or . Laura is the owner of Sirius Knitting Publications and can be reached at drlaura -at- (change the -at- to @ to send email).


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