Big winds and waves have transformed the Irish Brandon Bay into one of Europe’s premier kitesurfing destinations. Stradbally is one of the towns at the bay.

Inspired by the place, this hat is rustic and soft at the same time. It’s worked in half fisherman’s rib with the thick plain-knitted ribs giving way to three waves.

This one-skein hat is worked bottom-up. Starting with a provisional tubular cast-on and (k1, p1) ribbing, the stitch pattern switches to half fisherman’s rib with reliefs formed by cabling.

The pattern showcases not only semi-solids but also variegated one-of-a-kind yarns.

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The Fibre Co. Arranmore light (80% wool, 10% silk, 10% cashmere), 300 m / 328 yds per 100 g (DK weight)
• 1 x 100 g skein in Narin Beach
62 g / 186 m / 204 yards used for the sample

4.0 mm / US # 6 circular needle, or DPNs if you prefer
4.5 mm / US # 7 circular needle, or DPNs if you prefer, or size to obtain gauge

6 stitch markers
tapestry needle
optional: cable needle

20 sts x 46 rows = 10 cm / 4” in half fisherman‘s rib with thicker needles (after washing and drying)

head circumference:
S [M, L] / 51 [56, 61] cm / 20 [22, 24]”

height: 26 [29, 32] cm / 10.25 [11.5, 12.5]” tall from CO to top
circumference: 33 [38, 43] cm / 13 [15, 17]” unstretched
Shown in size M on a 57 cm / 22.5” circumference head.

knit and purl stitches, increases and decreases, cables (see also tutorial under helpful links), half fisherman’s rib (see also tutorial under helpful links), special cast-on (see also tutorial under helpful links)

James Bartley

Provisional tubular cast-on:
Half fisherman‘s rib:

Cabling without a cable needle