The Johnathan Hat


This hat was designed for my friend Johnathan to be a man-hat that’s actually fun to knit :) Enough cable to be interesting, while still being sufficiently manly for my Scotch-Irish friend who loves Celtic cable-work.

Johnathan Hat © Shireen Nadir 2013

This close fitting cabled touque features a celtic cable up one side, framed by tapering columns of ribbing that blend into the brim of the hat. It’s a quick, easy knit, suitable for beginner cable knitters. The decreases are arranged to lie symmetrically around the cable panel for a balanced look.

Johnathan Hat © Shireen Nadir 2013

The cable pattern, tapered sections and decreases have been charted as well as written and the hat requires 160-180 yards of DK weight yarn. The hat in the photos was knitted using Tanis Fiber Arts Yellow Label DK in the relatively new colourway ‘Spruce’. Tito gravitated to it at once when he saw it – I wonder if that colour was one of Chris’s creations? Definitely man-approved, but still luscious to knit with. Win.

Johnathan Hat © Shireen Nadir 2013

I’ve also worked one up in Zen Garden Serenity DK, in the ‘moss’ colourway. It’s a great alternative if you’re looking for a solid piece.


I’ve provided instructions for medium and large. Medium fits a head circumference of 19”-21”, and large fits a head circumference of 20”-22”, but the hat is very stretchy and will fit a variety of folks :)

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