Knit cable pullover with skull pattern / free diagram

So gorgeous!

Since cable pullovers with a skull pattern became very popular lately, my son asked me to knit something cool for him :).  Though he never wanted me to create pullovers before (he prefers wearing T-shirts even in winter), now I think he loves the look. And not to forget those 20 girls on Facebook who immediately liked his new avatar :). 2a

More photos (all are clickable): 3a 1a 4a

For size XXL (the young man is almost 2 m = 6.5” tall) I’ve used 730 gr (25.8 oz) of a 100 % wool yarn approx. 178 m (195 yds) in 100 gr (3.5 oz). Such a yarn equals 10 ply; Aran; Worsted; 4 or Medium.

I noted the differences I’ve made in my pullover (comparing to the original by Alexander McQueen) and left some comments about yarn and knitting process in this Ravelry topic:

Detailed DIAGRAM (for the skull in front) that I have used is below. Click on the…

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Hermione and Ron Hat from Ravelry

This is a free pattern on Ravelry:

Ron and Hermione Hat in Malabrigo Silky Merino

Ron and Hermione Hat in Malabrigo Silky Merino

Size 8 16 inch circular needle.
Yarn: Malabrigo Silky Merino in Blue (DK weight) (using two strands held double)
Gauge: 6 st to 1 in over k1p1 ribbing
Gauge: 5 st to 1 in over stockinette

1. CO 132 st. Used long tail cast on with two color cast on (but only one color, to make it easier). PM every 11 st.

2. k1 p1 for 1.25 inches.

3. k6, p5 for two rounds.

REPEAT EVERY 11 st (for 3 repeats):

1. k6, p5

2. k6, p5

3. k6, p1, yo, p2tog, p2

4. k6, p5

5. k6, p2, yo, p2tog, p1

6. k6, p5

7. k6, p3, yo, p2tog

8. k6, p5

9. C3F [sl 3 st onto cable needle at front, k3, k3 from cable needle], p5

10. k6, p5

THEN: Repeat Row 1-8 from above just once, to prep for decrease row.

DECREASE (Repeat):

9. C3F, P5, k1, ssk, k2tog, k1, p5

10. k6, p5, ssk, k2tog, p5

11. k6, p4, ssk, k2tog, p4

12. k6, p3, ssk, k2tog, p3

13. k6, p2, ssk, k2tog, p2

14. k6, p1, ssk, k2tog, p1

15. k6, ssk, k2tog

16. k5, *(ssk, k2tog, k4 until last 3 st remain), ssk, k2tog


17. k3, *(ssk, k2tog, k2 until last 3 sts), ssk, k2tog

18. k1, *(ssk, k2tog until last 3 sts), ssk, k2tog

19. k2tog

20. Thread yarn through last 6 st to close.


17. K3 ssk, k2tog, k2

18. k1 ssk, k2tog


Row 17: slip 1 K2, ssk, K2 tog repeat
Row 18: ssk, k2tog repeat around
Row 19: k2tog around

FINAL NOTES: This hat is TOO WIDE, by about one cable repeat (the brim has an 11 inch diameter). Also, it’s about a half inch too short. Will fix the pattern and post the correction.

Noro Iro Hat

Noro Iro Hat


This is a modification of the Riverbed Rib Hat from Knit Noro Accessories.

Depth: 8″

Needle: size 9

Gauge: 3.5 st per inch horizontal gauge over stockinette.

Hat fits a 22″ head.

Finished hat has 8″ diameter.


1. CO 56 st on size 9 circulars.  Join.

2. Repeat *(k1, p2, k1) for one inch brim

3. Change to size 10 circulars.

4. *(k1, p2, k1, yo, k1, p2, k1) (63 st)

DO ROUNDS 1-14 OF PATTERN STITCH (multiple of 9 st) ONCE:

1-6. *(k1, p2, k3, p2, k1)

7. *(k1, p2, k1, drop next st, k1, p2, k1, yo)

8-13. *(k1, p2, k2, p2, k2)

14. *(k1, p2, k1, yo, k1, p2, k1, drop next st)


Decrease rounds are every four rounds.

15-18. *(k1, p1, k3, p1, k1)

19. *(p2tog, k3, p2tog)

20-21. *(p1, k3, p1)

22. Move one stitch over from right needle to left needle. (p2tog, k3)

23. *(k2tog, ssk)

24. k

25. *(k2tog)

26. Bind off.


27. slip stitch (crochet) around brim.

28. pick up stitches and put them on circular needle.

29. (k2, p2) for one inch

30. Bind off.


Divine Hat / Very Warm Hat Mashup

I did not design either the Divine Hat or the Very Warm Hat.  But I do believe I may have been the first to decide to put the both of them together, in an amazing combination of knitting and crochet skills.

I call my mashup the POLAR VORTEX HAT, because I’m from Chicago, and this hat is double warm and way cuter than EZ’s hat.  Way, way cuter.

1 2 3

These aren’t pro pictures or glamour shots, but I hope you get the idea anyway.

Without any further fanfare, here’s the (short version, cliff notes guide to the) pattern I used:


With J hook


15 DC


3,4. FPDC, DC

5,6. FPDC, 2DC

7,8,9. FPDC, 3DC

10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16. FPDC, 4DC




NEEDLE: size 9 circular (16”) and size 7 DPNs. This is what I had on hand, so this is what I used.

Pick up 77 stitches from slip stitches above on circular needles / DPNs. Stitches should be divisible by 7.

Knit for 5 inches. Add a fair isle pattern if you want.

Decrease in seven pointed star pattern:

Decrease 7 st evenly spaced around.
Knit one round even.
Alternate decrease, knit round.

Keep going until 49 st remain.
Decrease 7 st every round.

Bind off stitches.

Vertical Stripes Hat

Pattern available on Ravelry as well under the same name.  Search for designer Swati S. Desai.

Vertical Stripes Hat
Designed by Swati S. Desai

Gauge: 4 st / in on size 6 needles
Circumference: 21.5”
Yarn: Loops & Threads Charisma
MC (rest of hat) – 1 skein
CC (brim, stripes) – 1 skein



CO 84 st on size 6 circ needle.
PM at beginning of hat.
k2p2 in CC for 1 in.


k2 in MC k2 in CC for 5 in.

Crown: (in fourths)

Change to DPNs (21 st per needle, on 4 needles).
Row 1: (k2tog, k to last 2 st, ssk) x 4.
Row 2: k all.
Repeat until 7 st remain on each needle (28 st total).

Then work Row 1 until 3 st remain on each needle (12 st total).

Put working yarn on needle. Thread through all 12 loops to end hat.

How to Knit a Hat to Fit Any Size Head


1. Make a swatch with the yarn and needles you will be using.

2. Note the number of stockinette st per inch.

3. Note the number of rows per inch.

4. This is your gauge (st gauge and row gauge, respectively).

5. Measure the circumference of your subject’s head. On the middle of the ear and at the middle of the forehead and at the base of the skull is the traditional guy fit. If your hat-recipient likes ears completely covered or a hat worn very low on the forehead, use that circumference instead.

6. My hat-recipient had a circumference of 21.5”, my gauge on the needle I wanted was 4 st/inch. 21 inches x 4 st/in = 84 stitches. I knocked off the .5” because my gauge drifted a little between 3.5 and 4 st/in. My gauge depends a bit on the time of day or where I’m knitting. I anticipated a little drift, and wanted to make sure the hat would fit if the standard deviation of my gauge was between a certain amount. Plus the design I wanted was stranded, so the hat would be a little tight if my gauge didn’t drift a little. If your gauge is steady, make it exact.

7. The brim of the hat should be 1 inch. The pattern of the hat should be 5 inches. After that the crown shaping comes in.

8. If you don’t like the stockinette pattern, use whatever you do like (any pattern, fair isle or otherwise, will do, really) as long as it has the same number of stitches (note though if you use a lot of colors and strand them, the gauge might be impacted because of all that extra yarn). If you decide to use a cable pattern, make a swatch in the cable pattern you want to use because cable patterns tend to be narrower than stockinette.  In fact, whatever pattern you use, make a swatch of that and start at #1 for the calculations so the hat fits right.

9. If you want horizontal stripes around the crown, use the CC in Row 2 instead of the MC. [See Crown, Row 2]

10. If you want a roll brim hat, k all around the brim (instead of k2,p2 for 1 inch)(since you are knitting in the round, this creates a stockinette stitch which curls naturally). If you want a wider ribbing on the brim, (k4,p2), or (k2,p4) instead of (k2,p2) around the brim. If you want a narrower brim, (k1,p1) instead of (k2,p2) around the brim. If you want a garter stitch brim, (k one row, p one row) instead of (k2,p2) for the brim. If you decide not to use a ribbed brim, make sure your gauge is exact because it won’t stretch. If you want a fair isle pattern around the brim, make sure you check the gauge for the design carefully, since all that stranded yarn makes for a tighter fit.

11. You can add a pom pom or tassel to the hat. When you close the hole at the top, thread the pom pom or tassel into the hole and secure.

12. You can crochet or knit a flower and add it to the hat for a feminine look.

13. If you intend to line the hat (with fleece), take that into account and make the hat about a half inch bigger (add to the circumference). If you complete the hat in the fair isle stranded design, I do not think it is necessary to line the hat with fleece (unless you live with the penguins in the South Pole, or something like that).