I stepped outside to play with my dog in the snow last week, and snapped a few pics of my latest design: The Anna Hat. The next day, the snow melted in the 50 degree heat, so I’m glad I did! And hey- I’m definitely not complaining. I stepped outside yesterday in a t-shirt and jeans, admiring what looked like a beautiful spring day in February.
I’m sure we’ll get our fair share of snow this year, but winter’s mercy seems to be upon us Ohioans this year. Since we’re heading to Belize in April for my wedding, and we missed last winter all together because we were in Belize, I have to say I feel like mother nature has been really good to me!
I am happy to be back in the States again (not many yarn stores in the tropics. None at all actually.) but I can’t wait to head back to Belize in April, walk down the sandy beach, and marry the love of my life! Hopefully before then, we’ll get one more beautiful snowy day that I can wear my new hat, but if not… eh, there’s always next year!
Follow along below for the free pattern to make your own Anna Hat!
The Anna hat features a warm fold up brim, and a beautiful cable motif that is easy to knit. It is worked in the round with worsted weight yarn. This has been by far one of my favorite hats to knit. Hats are my favorite thing to knit. I haven’t done a cable pattern in a while- and knitting this hat re-ignited my love for cabling!
What You Need
Yarn: 120 yards Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice
20 sts. & 22 rows = 4” in cable pattern
When pattern becomes difficult to knit on circular needles during decrease rounds, switch to DPN’s. The pattern is meant to fit snugly on your head. If you need to wet block at the end, instructions are given.
pm – place marker
K – Knit
P – Purl
C6F: Cable 6 Front (slip 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold in front. Knit 3, then knit 3 from cable needle.)
C6B: Cable 6 Back (slip 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold in back. Knit 3, then knit 3 from cable needle.)
C4B: Cable 4 Back (slip next 2 sts. onto cable needle and hold in back. Knit 2, then knit 2 from cable needle.)
ssk – slip slip knit
ssp – slip slip purl
Co 80 sts. onto circular needles, join in the round, pm
Repeat until brim measures 3”
Rounds 1, 5, 9, 21, 25, 29 and all even rounds: *K12, P2, K4, P2 around
Rounds 3, 7, 23, 27, 39:
*K12, P2, C4B, P2
Rounds 11, 15, 19, 31, 35:
*K3, C6F, K3, P2, C4B, P2
Rounds 13, 17, 33, 37:
*[C6B] twice, P2, K4, P2
Begin decrease rounds:
- *[K2, ssk] 3 times, P2, ssk, K2, ssp
- *K9, P2, K3, P1
- *[K1, ssk] 3 times, P1, ssp, K1, ssp
- *K6, P2, K1, P1
- *[ssk] 3 times, ssp, ssk
- *K3, P1, K1
Cut yarn and weave through remaining stitches. Pull tight to close hat. Weave in all ends.
Wet block if necessary. If your hat needs to be stretched a little, wet it and squeeze remaining water out with a towel. Do not wring out. Place on blocking board or foam board, stretch to desired size and place pins to hold in place. Hat will also stretch a little bit with wear.