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Baby Beanie Hat Pattern (Cable Knit)

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This baby beanie hat pattern is a great project for anyone who loves knitting cables.

The hat is knit with worsted/Aran yarn and uses less than 1 skein in total (with two colors).

Finished off with a pom-pom in a coordinating color, this hat will be perfect for the winter.

Scroll down for the free pattern or you can purchase a printer-friendly ad-free PDF here.

Baby beanie hat pattern

An Intermediate-Level Baby Hat Pattern

This is an intermediate pattern for those of you who are intermediate skill level and the techniques you will need to know are knit, purl, k2tog, cable stitches, and knitting in the round.

Using mainly knit and purl stitches, it will also introduce you to decreasing and shaping.

If you have never knit in the round before you can watch my video tutorial here. – How to join knitting in the round with circular knitting needles

baby beanie hat with a cable knit design
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Baby Beanie Hat Pattern (Cable Knit)

Purchase the inexpensive ad-free, printable PDF pattern in my shop here.

Pattern Notes

The hat knits up quickly and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.

The hat is knit from the bottom up starting with the rolled brim and working up changing color and starting the cable stitch patterns.

You can use any worsted-weight yarn in baby-friendly fibers including acrylic, yarns from Lion Brand, and any of your other favorite yarns.

The hat band and pom pom are made in a coordinating color, however, you could make this hat in stripes if you wish.

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Skill Level – Intermediate

Size –

  • Baby Size (months size) – 6-12 months
  • Head circumference around 18/20 inches
  • Hat length lying flat w/o pom = 9 inches
  • Width lying flat = 5.5 inches

Gauge – 16 stitches x 24 rows in 4×4 inches/10×10 cm

The Supplies You Need…

Yarn

  • 1 skein of yarn – Kartopu Melange Wool in Grey/100 g (3.5 oz)/170 m (185 yd)
  • 1 skein of yarn – Kartopu Melange Wool in Light Grey/100 g (3.5 oz)/170 m (185 yd)
  • This yarn is available from Hobium Yarns online.
  • Worsted weight yarn/Aran weight yarn
  • Yarn weight Medium 04
  • Yarn Weight Guide (+ Conversion Chart)

Knitting Needles

Notions

Other Tools

Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations And Terms (US And UK) List

  • CO – Cast on
  • Cont – Continue(ing)
  • C2B – Cable 2 back – slip the next st onto a cable needle and hold at the back of the work, K1, then K1 from the cable needle.
  • C4B – Cable 4 back – slip the next 2 sts onto a cable needle and hold at the back of the work, K2, then K2 from the cable needle. 
  • C6B – Cable 6 back – slip the next 3 sts onto a cable needle and hold at the back of the work, K3, then K3 from the cable needle. 
  • C6F – cable 6 forward – slip the next 3 sts onto a cable needle and hold at the front of the work, K3, then K3 from the cable needle. 
  • K – Knit
  • K2tog – Knit the next 2 stitches together
  • M1 – Make one stitch
  • P – Purl
  • P2tog – Purl the next 2 stitches together
  • PM – Place marker
  • Rep – Repeat
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)

Pattern Instructions

  • Yarn A – Grey
  • Yarn B – Light Grey

Using 4 mm (US 6) 16″ circular needles and Yarn A – Cast on 62 sts, join in the round and pm, being careful not to twist the sts.

Round 1: *K1, P1 – rep from * to end of the round.

Rep round 1 until the brim of the hat measures 4 inches.

Change to 5mm (US 8) 16″ circular needles.

Next round: *K5, M1, – rep from * to last 2sts, K1, M1, K1. (75 sts).

Change to Yarn B.

  • Round 1: *K9, P2, K2, P2 – rep from * to the end of the round.
  • Round 2: *C6B, K3, P2, C2B, P2 – rep from * to the end of the round.
  • Round 3: Rep round 1.
  • Round 4: *K9, P2, C2B, P2 – rep from * to the end of the round.
  • Round 5: Rep round 1.
  • Round 6: K3, C6F, P2, C2B, P2 – rep from * to the end of the round. 
  • Round 7: Rep round 1.
  • Round 8: Rep round 4.

Rep round 1 through to round 8 until the piece measures 8 inches from the CO edge.

Decrease (you may need to use the 5mm (US 8) Double pointed needles for the decreases).

  • Round 1 – *K2tog, K1 – 3 times, P2tog, K2, P2tog – rep from * to the end of the round.
  • Round 2: *K6, P1, K2tog, P1 – rep from * to the end of the round.
  • Round 3: *K6, P1, K1, P1 – rep from * to the end of the round. 
  • Round 4: *C4B, K2, P2tog, P1 – rep from * to the end of the round. 
  • Round 5: *K2tog, K1 – 2 times, P2tog – rep from * to the end of the round. 
  • Round 6: *K2tog twice, P1 – rep from * to the end of the round. 
  • Round 7: K2tog – rep from * to the end of the round. 

Cut yarn leaving a long tail of around 10 inches.

Secure the last stitch closed and weave in any loose ends.

Make a pom pom in Yarn A and stitch it to the top of the hat.

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17 Comments

  1. Louise,
    Thank you so much for your generous posting of these great patterns. They are beautiful and very welcome during this unusual & troubling time.
    Very sincerely,
    N.K.C.

    1. Hello Nancy, thank you so much for your kind words, I’m so happy you like the patterns! Happy knitting ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Thank you for your generosity in sharing your patterns. I now have some meaningful projects for the days ahead. I will definitely purchase from you in the future. Stay safe and take care.

    1. Hello Maureen, thank you so much for your kind words!
      I hope you enjoy the patterns, take care, Louise ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hi,
    Love this pattern but am wondering if the gauge is measured using size 6 needles or size 8?
    I look forward to hearing back from you.!

    Linda

    1. Hello Linda, the gauge was worked out with the larger size needles used in the pattern.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise

  4. Thankyou for sharing this wonderful pattern. I am looking for a pattern for a 2-3 year old. Can your pattern be adapted for this as it is such a lovely pattern. Look forward to hearing back from you. xx

      1. Hello, I’m from Indonesia and I’m thankful for your baby beanie hat pattern. It’s my favorite WIP now. Can’t wait until it finishes and show to you. Thank you so much.

        1. Hello Elisa,
          I’m so happy that you are enjoying the pattern.
          I would love to see a photo when you are finished, you can add it to the Handy Little Me Facebook group or tag me on Instagram @handylittleme.
          Happy knitting!
          Louise

  5. Hi! I’m working on this hat right now & just wondering at what round of the pattern do you need to end on before starting the decrease rounds? This is my first time doing cables, and I’m in love with them!! Thank you so much for this beautiful pattern! I tweaked it a bit since I didn’t want the fold up brim. It is turning out so cute!

    1. Hello Anna,
      You will end the final round before the decreases – on round 8 so that you complete the 8 rounds of the pattern before you start to shape.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise

  6. I am fairly new to knitting. In this pattern, in round 2 : C6B, K3, P2, C2B, P2
    Does this mean cable 3 to the back K3, knit the 3 from the cable and then knit 3 again before the P2?
    Thank you,

    1. Hello Pari,
      You would knit the cable C6B (see the abbreviations) and after that knit 3 sts, then purl 2sts, C2B, then Purl 2 sts.
      These 3 sts that are after the C6B are not included in the cable.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise

      1. Thank you that helps. I love this hat and want to knit it for my grandchild. Thank you for your quick response.
        Have a good day!

        1. I love this pattern! I just have a question regarding the start of the decreases. When it states, “k2tog, k1- 3 times…” I’m assuming this means the 2 together and a k1 3 times. Otherwise it would just say k3? Thanks for helping out an over thinker! ๐Ÿ˜Š

          1. Hello Vanessa, yes that is correct – you would K2tog (decrease), then K1 – 3 times.
            So – K2tog, K1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K1.
            This doesn’t mean to K3.
            I hope that helps!
            Louise