Brigid Larkin

Brigid Larkin

Available for purchase on Ravelry.

Finished Measurements: Hat is 22” 55.9cm or desired width around.

Yarn: Madelinetosh – Tosh Vintage (100% Merino; 200yds 183m per 100 g ball): 1 skein. Color: Forestry.

Needles: US 4 3.5mm 16” circular or dpns.

Notions: Cable needle, tapestry needle, spare circular needle (see Notes).

Gauge: 20 sts and 30 rows over 4” 10cm in stockinette stitch. Always check gauge to ensure piece matches listed measurements.


  • This hat is worked in two steps, the band is knit flat and sewn to make a loop.
  • Stitches are then picked up from one edge of the band and the hat is worked in the round to the top.
  • The band uses a provisional cast on and kitchener stitch to create an invisible seam over the cables.
  • Visit my tutorial here for tips on how to do a provisional cast on onto a circular needle, how to graft cables and more.

6 Responses to “Brigid Larkin”

  1. Tonia Barry April 30, 2008 at 10:33 am #

    Love the hat!! I’m in the market for good chart software I like how your looks. What did you use?

  2. Elizabeth April 30, 2008 at 10:46 am #

    Awesome hat! Thanks for sharing the pattern!!

  3. Anne August 5, 2008 at 5:40 pm #

    Hi Dana,
    I just stumbled across your website while trolling thru the “Knitting Pattern Central – Free Hat Patterns” and I just had to reply for a couple of reasons: I’m an old GWU alum myself (as is my red-headed son – so that’ll give you a rough idea of my age) + I’m absolutely crazy about knitting! I made a pledge (to myself) not to buy any yarn for the month of July – and I only “slipped” once (how could I pass up some nifty dark green Bernat eyelash yarn for only a $1 a skein??). I have to sneak the yarn into my house so my husband doesn’t suspect my stash is increasing. I’ve heard there’s a website for folks like me who have a hard time passing a yarnstore without adding to their stash.
    Are you still at GWU? (I won’t ask “what’s your major” ’cause I think that became passe about the time I graduated….) Keep up the knitting, oh and BTW, I love your hat pattern.

  4. Madeleine January 11, 2009 at 3:45 pm #

    This is gorgeous! My needles are poised and ready to make it, but I’m unclear about picking up 8 stitches for the main part. Please advise!
    Many thanks,

    • danadoodle January 11, 2009 at 10:31 pm #

      I am so sorry! I’m surprised no one caught that mistake before. Instead of 8, it should be 80, which makes much more sense. If you have a more questions feel free to email me at

  5. danadoodle April 13, 2010 at 12:18 pm #

    To, whom I cannot reach via email;
    I’m so sorry for my directions last time, which are wrong. Here’s the correct instructions:
    C5F: Place 4 knit sts on a cable needle, hold in front of work, purl one st from work, knit 4 sts from cable needle
    During the pattern repeat you should have 11 purl sts between each of your 4 knit sts.
    After picking up sts from the band, you should increase so that you have 120 sts, which will give you eight repeats of the cable pattern ‘design 2’.

    I hope this helps,

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