Brain Squeezing Cabled Hat

I really need to learn to be more patient, and do a swatch of knitting before I launch into a project…  This is my latest hat, and my very first attempt at cables!  I didn’t use any particular pattern, just cast on (too few) stitches, did a bit of 2×2 ribbing, then used a 6 stitch cable pattern from my 400 Knitting Stitches book…

My friend always told me they were so easy (and I in turn told her that knitting lace is so easy!), and it turns out we are both right!  Cables are so deceptively simple!  Although, for a first attempt, I would not recommend knitting with 14 ply wool on size 4.5 needles…  I bought this thick red wool ages ago from the Salvation Army, and after initially starting a scarf with it, I realised that I would not have anywhere near enough!!  So a brain squeezingly tight hat it turned out to be, as you can see from this photo…

The one good thing about making the hat so brain squeezingly small, is the that I did have enough wool left over to make a giant pom pom, which just gives it that extra something, don’t you think?

So, lesson learned.  One hat too small, and one hat too big – do more swatching!!