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Cable Knit Hat Pattern

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

I wanted to share with you a warm, cozy knitted hat that will be perfect to wear during the colder months.

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

cable knit beanie

An Easy + Quick Cable Knit Hat

A great quick project, you can make the hat in around 2-3 hours, depending on fast you knit!

This hat uses less than one skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick yarn.

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You can also add a pom-pom made from yarn to the top of the hat or a faux fur pom pom.

Cable hat knitting pattern

Make Your Own Cable Knit Beanie

The beanie is perfect for cold weather and snowy days, keeping your head warm and surprisingly dry.

I wore this hat on a trip to the snowy mountains in Greece and was really happy with it.

The yarn was not itchy on my forehead and I could comfortably wear it for long periods of time.

cable knit hat in grey yarn

The Cable 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 hat is knit in the round, therefore you should be comfortable knitting in the round.

The pattern may look a little daunting if you are a beginner who has never picked up the needles before. 

cable knit hat with faux fur pom pom

The Cable Stitch Explained

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 beanie

Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern

This pattern is great for any intermediate knitters.

cable knit hat and matching mittens

More Cable Knitting Patterns

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

cable knit hat with matching cable knit mittens
Make a pair of matching mittens! – Get the pattern here.

Cable Knit Hat Pattern

Get the ad-free, printable PDF pattern here.

Notes

The hat knits up quickly in super bulky yarn, 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 – 10 sts and 15 rounds = 4in/10cm in Stockinette stitch

cable knit hat in grey yarn

The Supplies You Need…

Yarn

Needles

Notions

Other Materials

cable knit hat with faux fur pom pom

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) circular needles: CO 54 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 every round for 2 inches.

Change to 10mm (US 15) circular needles and work the following:

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

Rep rounds 1 to 4 until the hat measures approx 7 inches from the cast-on edge.

(End on round 2 ready for round 3.)

Decrease:

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

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).

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2 Comments

  1. New follower here…had to come back and let you know that I just finished this hat! With your awesome video I was able to knit using magic loop. I had learned that technique years ago but was too intimidated by it at the time (also the instructor wasn’t very patient with newbies). I’m so proud of myself for completing this project (with your help!) On to mittens!
    Happy Holidays!

    1. Hello Maria, thank you so much for your kind words, I’m so happy you enjoyed making the hat and using the magic loop tutorial, I hope that you enjoy the mittens too! Happy holidays 🙂