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Cable Hat Pattern | The Cassandra

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This cable hat pattern is an excellent project for anyone who is learning how to knit cables.

I wanted to share with you a warm, cozy knitted hat that has been knit with one of my favorite yarns – The Petite Wool from We Are Knitters.

Scroll down to view the free pattern or you can grab the inexpensive printer-friendly ad-free PDF here.

cable hat

An Intermediate Level Knitting Pattern

This is an intermediate-level pattern 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.

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Add a pom-pom made from yarn to the top of the hat or a faux fur pom pom.

If you have never knit in the round before you can watch my video tutorial here.

Free cable knit hat pattern

The Cable Forward Knit Stitch

This pattern is for advanced beginners or intermediate knitters, as the cable stitch shown in the hat pattern is a great beginner cable for anyone who has not worked cables before.

The cable stitch used in this pattern is C4F – Cable four forward.

A tip for remembering which way a cable will twist, either to the front or the back of the work is to think of this;

  • The RIGHT way – these stitches are held behind – C4B
  • The LEFT way – these stitches are held in the front – C4F

The abbreviation used in this pattern is explained below:

  • C4F – Cable 4 forward.
  • Slip the next two stitches onto a cable needle and hold at the front of the work.
  • Knit the next two stitches from the left-hand needle and then knit the two stitches on the cable needle.
cable knit hat

Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern

This pattern is great for any intermediate knitters.

knitted hat with a cable design

More Cable Knitting Patterns

For more patterns featuring cables please take a look at these posts:

cable knit hat in the petite wool

Cable Hat Pattern

Get the ad-free, printable PDF pattern HERE.

Notes

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

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Skill Level – Intermediate.

Size – Women’s medium

Finished measurements – laying flat and unstretched = 18 inches circumference / 9 inches long w/out pom.

Gauge – 16 sts and 20 rounds in 4 inches.

Yarn

  • 1 skein of The Petite Wool in the colour Spotted Grey – by We Are Knitters.
  • Bulky/Chunky/12 Ply Weight Yarn.
  • Yarn weight guide

Needles

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Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations List

  • CO – Cast on
  • C4F – Cable 4 forward (Slip the next two stitches onto a cable needle and hold at the front of the work. Knit the next two stitches from the left-hand needle and then knit the two stitches on the cable needle)
  • CN – Cable needle
  • K – Knit
  • K2tog – Knit next 2 stitches together
  • P – Purl
  • PM – Place marker
  • P2tog – Purl next 2 stitches together
  • Rep – Repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • Sl – Slip one (or more) stitch(es)
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)

Pattern

With 8 mm (US 11) 16″ circular needles: CO 60 sts – join in the round and pm, being careful not to twist sts.

1st Round – K1, P1 – rep to the end of the round.

Cont to work in K1, P1 rib (1 x 1 ribbing) every round for 2 inches.

  1. Round 1 – *P2, K4 – rep from * to the end of the round.
  2. Round 2 – *P2, K4 – rep from * to the end of the round.
  3. Round 3 – *P2, C4F – rep from * to the end of the round.
  4. Round 4 – *P2, K4 – rep from * to the end of the round.
  5. Round 5 – *P2, K4 – rep from * to the end of the round.

Rep rounds 1-5 until the hat measures 7 inches from the cast-on edge (End on round 2).

Decrease:

  1. Round 1 – *P2, sl next 2 sts onto the CN and hold in front of the work, K2tog, then K2 from CN – rep from * to the end of the round.
  2. Round 2 – *P2, K3 – rep from * to the end of the round.
  3. Round 3 – *P2, K3 – rep from * to the end of the round.
  4. Round 4 – *P2, K3 – rep from * to the end of the round.
  5. Round 5 – *P2, sl next st onto the CN and hold in front of the work, K2tog, then K1 from CN – rep from * to the end of the round.
  6. Round 6 – *P2, K2 – rep from * to the end of the round.
  7. Round 7 – *P2tog, K2 – rep from * to the end of the round.
  8. Round 8 – *P1, K2 – rep from * to the end of the round.
  9. Round 9 – *P1, K2tog – rep from * to the end of the round.
  10. Round 10 – *P1, K1 – rep from * to the end of the round.
  11. Round 11 – *K2tog – rep from * to the end of the round.
  12. Round 12 – Knit.

Cut yarn and thread through the rem sts, pull up to close, and secure.

Weave in all loose ends.

Attach the pom pom (either made from yarn or faux fur).

cable knit hat in the petite wool

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4 Comments

  1. Good morning from Toronto.

    I just received your email for the CABLE KNIT HAT pattern and love the look.
    In your pattern, though, you state the Petite Wool yarn is a Bulky/Chunky/12 Ply Weight Yarn.
    On doing a search for the yarn you used, their website gives the following information:
    The Petite Wool in the colour Spotted Grey – by We Are Knitters.
    +/-100 GR. PER +/-140 M. IN EACH BALL. WEIGHT: WORSTED / ARAN
    I’m really interested in knitting this cable hat and in my stash I have #5 which is a bulky yarn.
    Can you please confirm which yarn is correct to use ?
    FYI…love your emails and patterns you share and save them all !! Thank you.

    1. Hello Vicky,
      Their recommended needle size for that yarn is 8mm (US 11).
      This yarn can be knit with a number of needle sizes, sometimes I use 6mm (US 10) or 8mm (US 11) depending on the project.
      So any yarn that can be paired with 8mm (US 11) needles will work well with this hat pattern.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise

  2. Hi there! If I was wanting to make this wider, would I increase length by six stitches at a time? I’m not sure how to figure out if that’ll work with the decrease pattern or not. Thank you!!

    1. Hello Sarah,
      Increasing by 6 sts should work out because the cable pattern uses a P2, K4 repeat.
      Then you would just follow the same decreases.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise