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the Muasdale hat

Just a quick one from me today – a short post for a super speedy project. There aren’t many items that I can design, chart, and knit in just two evenings! The Muasdale Hat is my latest beanie knitting pattern – a classic 2×2 ribbed style with cables inspired by French braid hairstyles. Turns out that by combining decreases and cables in a nifty way, you can recreate the effect of strands tucking under each other. I found that very satisfying to knit!

I received a couple of skeins of Tundra Chunky as part of a collaboration with The Fibre Company, and knew straight away that it was perfect for a cosy hat. An alpaca / merino / silk blend makes for one warm and super soft hat. Seriously soft. I dipped into a second skein for a couple of rounds in the crown, but with a slightly shorter brim it could definitely be done with 1 skein. The Fibre Co. Tundra is a bulky weight yarn and I used 5.5mm needles, although it’s worth noting that there’s quite some variation between yarns classed as ‘chunky’. This one falls at the finer end of the spectrum.

Scroll down for details and to download the Muasdale Hat knitting pattern

Naming patterns is tricky! This one’s named after the beach in Scotland where we stay most years – I’ve never actually been in the Winter, but I imagine I’d need a woolly hat (and 5 more woolly items) just like this on the beach in December. I’d very much like to be there right now. Knitted layers and a flask of hot chocolate on the beach sounds rather appealing! Alas, it is Winter 2020 am in my bedroom.

Test knit roundup

Thank you to Camilla, Justine, Kirsty, Steph and Marie for test knitting this one so well and so quickly! Now I feel like I need a two tone version and a bright red beanie. They all look great!


A classic beanie with cable details inspired by French braid hairstyles. Pattern includes both charted and written instructions for the cables.

Chunky / bulky weight yarn, approximately 125 metres / 137 yards. Sample shown in The Fibre Co. Tundra, a blend of 60% Alpaca, 30% Merino and 10% Silk, in shade ‘Harp Seal’.

Yarns used by test knitters: We Are Knitters The Petite Wool, Sandes Garn Alfa, Stylecraft Special Chunky, and James Brett Shetland Mist (affiliate links).

5.5 mm needles of your preferred length for working small circumferences in the round (ie. 40cm circulars, DPNs, or long needles for magic loop). You will also need a cable needle, tapestry needle, and 4 stitch markers, with 1 different to the others.

21 sts and 21 rows to 4” / 10cm in 2×2 rib, blocked, unstretched.

One size, to fit average adult head. Finished hat has a circumference of 16 inches / 41 cm unstretched, which comfortably stretches to fit a head of 21 – 24 inches / 53 – 61 cm.

The Muasdale Hat pattern is also available via Ravelry and Etsy.

Lily Kate x

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