‘Tis the season for knitted gifts! I have a little one to share with you: a freebie pattern! I present to you the Kitty Cat Cabled Hat, my first-ever design. It’s a slouchy toque with a fluffy pom-pom and a band of kitties sitting demurely with that inscrutable cat look.
I had a thought a couple of weeks ago, that the little owl cable pattern that’s so popular on teh interwebz these days would be simple enough to modify into a cat. I swapped around the lowermost cables (so they’re little paws turning out, instead of wing-tips facing in), and added a curving tail.
This hat worked up really quickly (once I got past the tricksy counting stage, which involved mis-counting, and re-casting-on, twice) on size 10.5 needles with bulky yarn. I used Bernat Alpaca Blends, so it’s easy-care, but you could use just about any solid or semi-solid coloured bulky yarn. (The Alpaca Blends makes awesome pom-poms. Just sayin’.)
The original hat was a gift for the receptionist I work with: a very sweet, warm lady with a penchant for the feline. She goes out of her way to help everyone around her — far above and beyond the call of duty — and I thought she was the perfect recipient. I’m happy to report that the hat looks wonderful on her! She has masses of silvery curls, which the dark purple sets off nicely.
Anyway, without further ado:
Kitty Cat Cabled Hat (direct PDF link)
If you find any errors, please let me know. This is a first stab at pattern-writing, so please be gentle with me!