This hat was inspired by the traditional ganseys, or sweaters, worn for centuries by the fishermen of the north-east coast of the UK, near where I live. Each fishing community had its own combination of patterns, legend having it that any drowned sailor could be identified by his sweater. The patterns on the sweaters represented elements of the seafaring life: ropes, flags, anchors, ladders, steps, paths, nets etc.This particular pattern has cables, representing ropes, diamonds representing fishing nets and textured stitches representing ladders.
Link to downloadable pattern is below!
Free Knit Pattern by Janet Stimson
Downloadable pattern is here