I love reading knitting blogs and I found one called Tin Can Knits. She has a lot of great patterns and some of them are free! I was browsing one day and found this pattern for the Northward chunky cable knit hat. Each time I knit something, I try to learn a new technique. I’m relatively well versed in hats but I’d never done cables before. Honestly, I was a little intimidated by cables with all of the little drawings and the scary sounding directions. It looked so complicated! But it’s actually super easy. All you do is use the cable needle to slip a few stitches off, knit behind or in front and then knit the stitches on the cable needle. There are lots of good tutorials out there to help.
I found the most difficult part of making this hat was keeping the right tension between the knit and the purl stitches. When I first started making the hat, I had these huge gaps between the knit and purl stitch and ended up ripping out the work I’d done. Then I discovered a tip online that solved my problem. When you switch from a knit stitch to a purl stitch, you bring the yarn in front and purl one. Then bring the yarn back to the back and pull it tight. Then bring the yarn back to the front and continue knitting. It’s a little extra step that really helps. Without it, you end up having a huge gap!
This is a quick hat because of the chunky yarn. I made the largest size on the pattern because I wanted it to cover my ears completely. With the largest size, I used an entire skien of chunky yarn, about 145 yards.