Owl in the Thicket Hat

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This pattern is part of the Owl in the Thicket Collection, which is available as an eBook.

In a leafy thicket hides a little owl, his eyes glinting from between the tangled branches. This hat features twisted cabled branches and owls hiding in cabled hollows, with leaves accenting the crown. Beads are placed during knitting for the eyes, but can be omitted if desired and buttons used for embellishment after the knitting is completed. The hat is offered in two lengths, a slouchy fit (pictured), and a shorter beanie version.

This pattern includes full written directions for cables as well as charts, so you can choose which you prefer!

One size to fit approximately 19”– 22” (48–55 cm) head circumference
Hat final dimensions: brim 9” (23 cm) wide unstretched, 9.5” (24 cm) long from cast on edge to top of crown
Beanie variation measures approximately 8.3” (21 cm) long from cast on edge to top of crown

Approximately 250 yds {228 m} (200–230 yds {182–210 m} without pom pom) of appropriate DK-weight yarn
Beanie version requires approximately 170 yds {155 m}, without pom pom
(Sample shown using 1 skein of Anzula Cricket, colorway Shiitake)
US 6/4 mm, 16” (40 cm) circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
US 4/3.5 mm, 16” (40 cm) circular needle
US 6/4 mm, double pointed needles
Cable needle
8 size 3/0 or 2/0 seed beads
Steel Crochet Hook Size 10 (1.3mm) or floss threader Stitch marker
Yarn needle
Pom pom maker (or preferred method for making pom poms)

24 sts x 30 rows in 4 inches (10 cm) in stockinette stitch using larger needle
About 27 sts in 4 inches over cable pattern after blocking