Swans Island Irish Braid Cap (Free)
With a cabled edging like a crown of braids, the Irish Braid Cap from Swans Island takes traditional aran motifs in a whole new direction. To create this unique look, the cable panel (which is charted only) is knitted back and forth first and grafted together into a circular band. Then stitches for the top of the hat are picked up along one edge to be knitted in the round. Swans Island's worsted weight Natural Colors Collection is the perfect choice for a design like this - its superior stitch definition and rustic, earthy colors suit the pattern to a T, and its 100% merino wool is soft enough for even the most sensitive skin.
Finished Measurements: Circumference - 19.75"; Height - 8.25"
Yarn: Swans Island Natural Colors Collection Worsted, (100% Organic Merino Wool, 100g/250yds); 1 skein, shown in color YW206 Sky Blue
Needles: US 7 (4.5mm) 16" circular and double pointed needles
Gauge: 5.5 sts x 6.5 rows = 1" (22 sts x 26 rows = 4") over Stockinette stitch