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I started crocheting as part of my homeschool program around age 9. Knitting got added much later on after I graduated college. I pretty much immediately started with knitwear design and launched ...

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Ionian

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Right and left twist cables

Pattern Description:

The names of many modern musical modes are the same as those used in ancient Greece, however, the series of notes or intervals are different today. Ionian is a musical mode named by Heinrich Glarean in 1547. It's often the first mode most of us will learn and is the most familiar in Western music. Ionian is a major scale with 8 notes. The formula for playing this scale would look like this: Whole Step - Whole Step - Half Step - Whole Step - Whole Step - Whole Step - Half Step. To play an Ionian scale you would play: C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C with the two Cs being an octave apart. This mode was named for the Ionian Islands, a chain of approximately 40 Greek islands off the western coast of Greece's mainland. The islands sit in the Ionian Sea.

The Ionian Beanie is a cable lovers dream. Right and lift twists make their way up the hat from the edge all the way to the center of the crown.

If you choose to substitute yarn for this design make sure to pick another worsted weight with good stitch definition. A solid color is a must. The texture you worked so hard to knit will disappear in a yarn with too much variegation.


24 sts & 30 rnds = 4" in 2x2 ribbing slightly stretched
18 sts & 24 rnds = 4" in Stockinette stitch

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Finished Size: 20 / To Fit Sizes: 20 - 24"


  • 100 yards worsted weight yarn
  • US 6/4mm 16" circular needles
  • US 7/4.5mm dpns and 16" circular needles

You Will Also Need:

  • Cable needle
  • Stitch marker

Suggested yarn:

100 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Karabella Aurora 8