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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Introducing Cable-Riffic!

Schnapps has been very busy helping me get ready for Christmas......wrapping, baking, cooking, decorating and all sorts of things have been going on here.  But, he put his paws down on Sunday and insisted on knitting a hat while watching football.  Cable-Riffic (thank you Teresita for the name!) is a fun hat to knit, but not difficult at all.

This hat is knit using super bulky yarn and if you use a thinner weight, the impact of the cable will not be as evident, so we suggest that you use super bulky yarn or two strands of worsted weight held together.

Schnapps and I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas.   So many terrible things are going on in the world right now that it seems more important than ever to focus on doing good and spreading some love through the world.  

Thank you to everyone who has used one of our patterns to pass some love along.

Schnapps loves his pajamas!

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You will need 6 weight yarn and size 13 circular (16 inch) needles and a cable needle


T2B:  slip next stitch on cable needle and hold at back, knit next stitch, then purl the stitch on the cable needle
T2F:  slip next stitch on cable needle and hold at front, purl next stitch, then knit the stitch on the cable needle C6B: slip next 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold at back, knit 3, then knit 3 from the cable needle.
p2tog:  purl 2 stitches together as one

Cast on 44 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:
Row 1, 2, 3 & 4:  *k2, p2*; repeat around
Row 4:  purl all stitches

The pattern is worked over the first stitches.  All other stitches are purled for every row.

Work Pattern:
Row 1:  p4, k8, p4, purl to end
Row 2:  p3, T2B, k6, T2F, p3, purl to end
Row 3:  p3, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p3, purl to end
Row 4:  p2, T2B, p1, k6, p1, T2D, p2, purl to end
Row 5:  p2, k1, p2, k6, p2, k1, p2, purl to end
Row 6:  p1, T2B, p2, C6B, p2, T2F, p1, purl to end
Row 7:  p1, k1, p3, k6, p3, k1, p1, purl to end
Row 8: T2B, p3, k6, p3, T2F, purl to end
Row 9:  k1, p4, k6, p4, k1, purl to end
Row 10:  T2F, p3, k6, p3, T2B, purl to end
Row 11: p1, k1, p3, k6, p3, k1, p1, purl to end
Row 12:  p1, T2F, p2, C6B, P2, T2B, p1, purl to end
Row 13:  p2, k1, p2, k6, p2, k1, p2, purl to end
Row 14:  p2, T2F, p1, k6, p1, T2B, p2, purl to end
Row 15:  p3, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p3, purl to end
Row 16:  p3, T2F, k6, T2B, p3, purl to end
Row 17:  p4, k8, p4, purl to end

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1:   purl all stitches
Row 2: *p2 p2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *p1, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 4: *p2tog*; repeat around

Finish: Cut working yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.  Draw the tail through the remaining stitches, cinch closed and secure.  Weave in ends and give it to someone special who needs a warm hug!

This pattern is worked over the first SIXTEEN stitches of your cast on row.  To adjust the size, you would simply cast on fewer or more stitches.  Stay in multiples of 4 to keep the ribbed brim and crown decrease the same.

This hat fits an average adult head.  To make it smaller, cast on 36 or 40 stitches.  To make it larger cast on 48 or 52 stitches.  Decrease or increase in multiples of 4 to further adapt. 

The first 16 stitches will be used for the panel.  The rest will be purled in every row.

You could place 2 panels on 1 hat easily.  Instead of purling to the end, change that direction to purl 6, then repeat the row instructions.  This will give you 6 stitches between each repeat.

Thinner yarn won’t give the same effect, however, you could use 2 strands of worsted weight yarn held together as one and work as written. 


  1. Since I have an alcoholic last name (Beer. Yes, I'm serious!!!) I always wanted a schnauzer named Schnapps. But when we got our little boy, he was already named Barney. I cannot tell you what a wonderful loving dog he was, or how heartbroken I was when we had to put him down at 12 due to kidney problems. The most important thing I learned about him healthwise was that many of his problems came from his teeth!!! The infections he eventually got caused the kidney stones. I was also told he couldn't eat anything from the cabbage family--cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli--all of which he LOVED. I figured veggies were good for him, but it wasn't so. I pass this on in the hopes that your little Schnapps is with you for 100 years!!! Give him an extra snuggle for me, okay!!!?!!! Schnauzers are special.

  2. I currently made hats and scarves for The Cancer Center of America located near my house. They put them in their salon and let the ladies pick from the ones they like. You have give me so many wonderful patterns to share with these courageous ladies ... oh yes I've made a couple for the men too. Thank you so much for posting these beautiful patterns ... I have totally enjoyed working with them and the patients have enjoyed receiving them.