The Constantine hat and mittens set were designed at Constantine Bay, Cornwall, while I sat knitting on the beach watching my beau surfing in the sea. I’d already got the yarn and made a few swatches, and decided on this pattern as the cables reminded me of ripples in the sand.
The hat, suitable for both men and women, is available in three different sizes; small (approx 53-56cm/21-22.5”), medium (approx 57-59cm/22.5-23.5”) and large (approx 60-62cm/23.5-24.4”) and is knitted on 5mm needles.
It knits up within a couple of days and the pattern is quite memorable, however, there is also a chart for those of you that prefer and instructions for left and right handed knitters. Without the pompom it makes a really cute beanie hat.
The mittens come in four different sizes – small (19cm/7.5” around palm), medium (20.5cm/8” around palm), large (23cm/9” around palm) and x large (25.5cm/10” around palm). Also unisex, these mitts are really cosy as the cables thicken the fabric to keep your hands snug.
SIZES To fit head circumference Age 2-10 (S: M: L) 50 (54.5: 58: 63)cm 19.5 (21.75 : 22.5: 23.5)in
Actual hat circumference 44.5 (49: 53: 58)cm 17.5 (19.25: 21: 22.75)in
Length Crown to Hem 18.5 (21.5: 22.5: 25.5)cm 7.25 (8.5: 9: 10)in
YARN Rowan Drift (100% Merino Wool; 100g/80m/87yds) Approx 47g (58g: 62g: 70g: 84g) of Shore (908). Edit – Rowan Drift has been discontinued since this pattern was published. Suggested yarn substitutions (same quantity) : Rowan Big Wool (100% Merino Wool; 100g/80m/87yds) OR Rowan Big Wool Colour (100% Merino Wool; 100g/80m/ 87yds)
NEEDLES AND NOTIONS To work flat: 1 pair 10mm (UK 000/US 15) knitting needles. To work in the round: 1 pair 10mm (UK 000/US 15) circular needles, 40cm long (or 80cm long, if using Magic Loop method) A set of 10mm (UK 000/US 15) double pointed needles (DPNs) for decreasing the crown (not necessary if using Magic Loop method) Stitch marker
TENSION 9 sts and 14 rows/rounds to 10x10cm (4x4in) in st st using 10mm needles