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Cedar, Vintage Cabled Skull Cap

Cedar, vintage cabled skull cap

This pattern can very quickly be brought up to date with the addition of a ribbed band and simple ear-flaps.


2 balls of Fuzzy Wuzzy fingering weight 55% angora, 45% wool

1 pair old UK size 10 / US 3 / Metric 3.25mm needles


It is absolutely necessary to work at a
tension to produce 7½ stitches to the inch in width,
measured stocking stitch


Circumference at lower edge, 21″


Cr.1F. – Cross 1 Front by slipping next st. onto cable needle and leaving at front of work, knit the next 2 sts., knit stitch from cable needle.

Cr.2B. – Cross 2 Back by slipping next 2 sts. on to cable needle and leaving at back of work, K1, then knit the 2 sts. from cable needle.


Cast on 142 stitches.

Work 2 rows in K1, P1 rib.

Proceed in reverse stocking stitch with mock cables as follows:

1st row: P8, (K6, P14) six times, K6, P8.

2nd row: K8, (P6, K14) six times, P6, K8.

3rd row: P8, (Cr.1F., Cr.2B., P14) six times, Cr.1F., Cr.2B., P8.

4th row: As 2nd row.

Work these 4 rows twice more.

Next row: P1, P2tog, P5, [K6, P5, (P2tog) twice, P5] six times, K6, P5, P2tog, P1. (128 sts)

Next row: K7, (P6, K12) six times, P6, K7.

Keeping patt. correct, work 6 rows.

Next row: P1, P2tog, P4, [K6, P4, (P2tog) twice, P4] six times, K6, P4, P2tog, P1. (114 sts)

Work 7 rows.

Continue in this manner, dec. in centre of reverse stocking stitch panels as before on next and every following 8th row until 72 sts. remain.

Work 3 rows.

Work peak as follows:

1st row: Purl.

2nd row: Knit.

3rd row: K.4, * (K2tog) twice, K2, K2tog, K2; rep. from * to last 8 sts., (K2tog) twice, K1, K2tog, K1. (51 sts)

4th and 5th rows: Purl.

6th row: Knit.

7th row: K3, (slip 1, K2tog, psso, K4) six times, slip 1, K2tog, psso, K3.

8th and 9th rows: Purl.

10th and 11th rows: Knit.

12th and 13th rows: Purl.

** 14th row: Knit.

15th row: K2, (slip 1, K2tog, psso, K2) six times, slip 1, K2tog, psso, K2.

16th-22nd rows: As 8th-14th rows inclusive.

23rd row: K1, (slip 1, K2tog, psso.) six times, slip 1, K2tog, psso, K1. (9 sts)

24th and 25th rows: Purl.

26th row: K1, (K2tog) four times, thread wool through remaining sts., draw up and fasten off securely.


Cast on 37 stitches.

1st row: Purl.

Work as peak of Cap from ** to end.

Work another Bell in same manner.



With a dry cloth and warm iron, press carefully.

Using a fine back-stitch seam join seam.

Turn up 2 rows of K1, P1 rib and stitch down lightly on wrong side of work.


Using a back-stitch seam, join seam.

Using 3 strands 40 ins. long, make a twisted cord. Attach a bell to each end of cord, forming cord into a loop inside Bells and allowing 1 Bell to fall below the other, stitch cord to point of Hat.

The original publication of this pattern is in the public domain, however, the the updated text of this version is copyright Sarah Bradberry, May 26th 2013. All rights reserved.