The Winding Roads Beanie is inspired by the all the twisting and winding roads up in the Aso mountains in the Kumamoto prefecture of Japan. The thicker cable pattern represents the more commonly travel roads, with its broad and long-stretching turns, while the eyelet pattern mimic the smaller and less commonly known side detours. This hat can be knitted up in about two days and makes for an enjoyable and easy project.

Yarn: 200 yards of sport weight yarn 
Needle: 32-inch or longer, US 4 and US 6 circular needle or 16-inch, US 4 and US 6 circular needle and US 6 DPNs. 
Gauge: 6 1/2 sts per inch, 9 rows per inch 
Finished measurements: length 7 1/2 inches, circumference 6 1/2 inches laid flat, 22” stretched.

Special thanks to my test knitter Angela (bananaleg) who helped to test knit and tech edit the design. You can see her project here
Additionally, she created the “Accidental Slouch” while knitting this. If you wish to knit the hat with a slouch to it here are the specifications:

Yarn weight: DK (Patons Classic Wool DK Superwash) 
Needle: same for regular hat 
Gauge: 5 1/2 stitches, 7 rows per inch 
Final measurements: length: 10” 
circumference: 22”, 9” laid flat

To celebrate the release of this pattern, you can get the Winding Road Beanie for free! Offer begins Friday, October 3rd at 7am CT and ends October 5th at 7pm CT (no coupon code needed, just hit “Coupon Code” upon checkout).

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