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Plicatum Hat

Job type Test knit

The Plicatum Hat is worked in the round from the bottom up, with irregular ribbing for the brim, which flows up into a textured cable and seed-stitch pattern. The crown decreases are worked in pattern to give a satisfying finish to the top of the hat. 

‘Plicatum’ is the Latin word for ‘pleated’, and is used to describe the crinkly leaves of the viburnum plant that inspired the cable pattern in this design. 


Difficulty Moderate
Due date 2021-10-19
Craft Knitting
Test secrecy Postable
Advertiser Marina Skua
Spots available -3
Sizes required 1 : Filled!
2 : Filled!
Finished measurements

Sizes: 1 (2)


Finished circumference: 40 (45) cm / 15.75 (17.75)”
Height: 16 (19) cm / 6.25 (7.5)” (customisable)


Gauge 25 sts and 28 rounds = 10 cm / 4” in charted pattern in the round on larger needles, after blocking
Charted or written pattern Both
Skills required

Working in the round, cables, twisted stitches/faux cables, various decreases

Construction type Bottom up, in the round
Yarn support There is a discount available for the recommended yarn!
Required or recommended yarn Yarns held together (discount available): Marina Skua Mendip 4-Ply (100% British wool, 150 m / 164 yd per 50g) held together with Marina Skua Caia Baby Alpaca (100% British baby alpaca, 230 m / 252 yd per 50g)
Yardage Mendip 4-Ply: 25 (30) g or 75 (90) m / 85 (100) yd. Caia Baby Alpaca: 20 (25) g or 95 (115) m / 105 (125) yd
Tools required
  • 4 mm / US 6 circular needle, 60 cm / 24” length (or size required to obtain correct gauge)
  • 4 mm / US 6 double-pointed needles or longer circular needle for magic loop, if desired (or size required to obtain correct gauge)
  • 3.5 mm / US 4 circular needle, 60 cm / 24” length (or needle 2 sizes smaller than main needle)

Stitch markers, cable needle, darning needle for sewing in ends.

Ownership of the finished item The finished item is yours to keep.
Requirements from the maker
  • Swatch and ensure you knit the pattern at the correct gauge.
  • Add any queries about the pattern as comments in the relevant section of the Google Doc.
  • Create a Ravelry project and link it to the pattern using the tester code given and add at least one modelled photo by the deadline.
  • Testers are welcome to modify length at the points specified in the pattern – please note, doing so will affect the amount of yarn needed.
  • Fill in the feedback form on Yarnpond once you have finished knitting.
  • Using the specified yarn is not mandatory but testers intending to use it will be prioritised

If these requirements are not fulfilled by the deadline, the tester will not receive their free pattern copies.

Rewards from the designer

The designer is offering discounted or free pattern(s) to testers

Testers will also receive a discount of 20% off Marina Skua Mendip 4-Ply and Marina Skua Caia Baby Alpaca on being accepted to the test knit, should they choose to use the specified yarn. Discount code will be in the pattern document. 

On completion of the test by the deadline, testers will receive PDF download of the finished pattern, plus a code for additional free pattern of their choice from my Ravelry store. 


The designer has created the following milestones, in order to keep track of progress during the test knit. By marking off each milestone as you complete it, you can easily keep the designer up to date with your progress.

Finished, blocked and photographed
Cast on
Begin cables
Begin crown decreases
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