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Speed Boost Hat

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A Speed Boost is a strip of arrows on the racing track of a popular video game. When you drive over the speed boost, you get exactly what it sounds like - an extra boost of speed!

Speed Boost is a hat I couldn’t resist casting on. The elongated-stitch cables are so enticing and the squish of the resulting fabric is ::chef’s kiss:: so fantastic! It’s a speed boost for your knitting mojo.


  • US 7 (4.5 mm) knitting needles or size needed to meet specified gauge, in your preferred style for knitting a hat (DPNs, magic loop, etc).
  • DPNs or Magic loop in the same size as gauge needle (for the crown of the hat)
  • Brimmed version only US 6 (4.0 mm) knitting needles, or size 0.5mm smaller than your gauge needle, for brim of hat.
  • 100 (130, 165, 200, 230) yds / 91.5 (119, 151, 183, 210) m of worsted weight yarn. The sample used Beachy Breeze Fibers Delta Worsted in 39.5 foot pole 240 yds / 219 m per 100g skein; 100% non-superwash “blend of Merino and Rambouillet” wool
  • Stitch marker
  • Cable needle


1 repeat wide (13 sts) = 2” (5 cm) in pattern st in the round (unblocked and lightly stretched) 

2 repeats tall (12 rnds) = 1.75” (4.5 cm) in pattern st in the round (unblocked and lightly stretched)


1 (2, 3, 4, 5)


12 (14, 16, 18, 20)” / 30 (35, 40, 45, 50) cm in circumference unblocked and lightly stretched.

This hat is very stretchy and will fit a head circumference 3-6” (7.5-15 cm) larger than the size listed above. The sample is shown in size 4 on a 23.5” (60 cm) head. Hat height will vary depending on the wearer’s size; suggestions are made in the pattern. Modification options are available in the pattern for custom fit.

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Customer Reviews


Verified Buyer

1 year ago

Super fun pattern

Ruth has turned an interesting stitch into an excellent pattern, truly potato chip knitting.