Hickory Cap

Hickory Cap

Cabled Pillbox Hat

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The architectural pillbox style is equally at home in the country or the city, and the dense, nautical cables and folded brim of the Hickory Cap provide exceptional warmth and style. The cabled band is worked sideways and grafted closed; stitches are picked up along the edge to work circular stockinette and a jaunty nubbin of I-cord anchors the crown. The twisted-rib brim is worked from the lower edge of the cabled band. Knit this hat in a quiet, woodsy neutral to wear with everything; choose a jewel tone to enliven your winter wardrobe.


Worsted weight wool yarn in the following approximate amounts:

  • 160 yards of worsted weight wool yarn


  • 20 stitches & 28 rows = 4″ over stockinette stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking

Size A (for Band and Crown):

  • One 16″ circular needle and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs) in size needed to obtain gauge listed
  • Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)

Size B (for Ribbing):

  • One 16″ circular needle one size smaller than Size A
  • Suggested Size: 4 mm (US 6)
Finished dimensions
  • 22″ circumference; 9¼” height
  • Measurements taken from relaxed fabric after blocking

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern


  • Provisional Cast On (crochet chain method)
  • Blocking (Wet) – Circular knitting
  • Kitchener Stitch (Grafting)
  • I-cord


  • Tubular Bind Off (for 2×2 ribbed fabric)
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