Huddle is a wonderfully warm hat, designed to keep out the cold on the bleakest mid-winter days. The dense texture, doubled trim, and beginner-friendly texture make it a joy to knit and accessible to knitters who’d like to try cable knitting for the first time. You can also team it with the Fond mittens and Assembly scarf for a set of timeless accessories.
The hat starts with a cable trim that is knitted back and forth as a long strip. Stitches are picked up along one edge of this strip and the basket weave and rib turn-back is worked back and forth before switching to larger needles and working the same pattern for the body of the hat. The crown is then shaped with decreases before the hat is seamed to finish.
Three sizes are provided in the Huddle pattern, but if you wish to make further adjustments, here are some suggestions. To alter the depth, you can simply change how much of the turn-back is turned back! Alternatively, you can add or remove a 12-row section of basket weave pattern in the body of the hat. You will then need to tweak how you work the crown shaping pattern so that the garter stitch and rib sections match up correctly.
To alter the circumference, you can use a larger or smaller needle to change the gauge. Do knit a swatch if you choose this approach and check that you are happy with the knitted fabric.
The yarn used for the sample was Something to Knit with Aran, which is in the process of being discontinued; however, any standard Aran yarn with a stocking stitch/stockingette tension of 18 sts x 24 rows to 10cm will likely be an excellent substitute. Please visit YarnSub for more guidance, and make sure you knit a test swatch!
Video tutorials on cables, picking up stitches and seaming can all be found on the A-C Techniques website: Something To Knit Together Winter Edition Video Tutorials