The highlander cable knit hat pattern will allow you to create a cosy beanie to keep you warm in the winter months!
The main cable design on the hat is called the staghorn cable.
This hat is knit in the round on circular needles.
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Cable Hat Knitting Pattern
The Highlander hat design has more texture as it is knit using a fairly simple cable repeat.
You can add a pom pom to the top or not, this is up to you!
You can see another hat pattern here perfect for beginners in a classic ribbed design – How To Knit A Hat With Straight Needles.
You may also like this hat – Ribbed Beanie Pattern.
Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:
This pattern is great for any intermediate knitters.
- You should be comfortable casting on and casting off, as well as knitting in garter stitch.
- You should also know how to purl.
- You should also know how to knit ribbing.
- You should know how to knit in the round using circular needles.
- You should also be comfortable reading knitting patterns.
- And understanding knitting abbreviations and terms.
Highlander Cable Knit Hat Pattern
Skill Level – Intermediate
The hat knits up quickly and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.
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- To fit a regular-sized head (around 22/24 inches).
- Length w/out pom – 11 inches/28 cms.
- Width – 7.5 inches/19 cms.
Gauge – 10 x 10 cm/4 x 4 inches = 10 sts/18 rounds.
The Supplies You Need
1 x We Are Knitters – The Petite Wool (100g) in the colour – Spotted Beige.
- Please note that the yarn used is made with 100% wool.
- You can substitute with any Bulky/Chunky/12 Ply Yarn weight.
- 6 mm (US 10) 16-inch circular knitting needles.
- You may need 6 mm (US 10) DPN’s (double pointed needles) for the decreases.
- Cable needle.
Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations List
- Alt – Alternative
- Beg – Beginning
- Cont – Continue
- CO – Cast on
- C4B – Cable 4 back – slip the first two stitches onto a cable needle and hold at the back of the work. Knit the next two stitches on the left- hand needle and then knit the two stitches from the cable needle.
- C4F – Cable 4 forward – Slip the first two stitches of the cable panel onto a cable needle and hold at the front of the work, knit the next two stitches and then knit the two stitches held on the cable needle.
- Foll – Following
- K – Knit
- KFB – Knit into the front and back of the stitch to increase
- K2tog – Knit the next 2 stitches together
- P – Purl
- P2tog – Purl the next 2 stitches together
- Patt – Pattern
- St – Stitch
- Rem – Remaining
- Rep – Repeat
- Rib – Work in ribbing K1, P1
- RS – Right side
- WS – Wrong side
With 6mm (US 10) needles cast on 72 sts.
- Round 1 (RS): *K1, P1 rep from * to the end of the row.
- Rep round 1 so that the piece measures 13 cm/5 inches from the cast on edge.
Now work in the patt as follows:
- Round 1 (RS): P2, K4, P2, P2, K4, C4B, C4F, K4, P2, P2, K4, P2 – rep one more time to the end of the round.
- Round 2 (WS): P2, K4, P2, P2, K16, P2, P2, K4, P2 – rep one more time to the end of the round.
- Round 3: P2, K4, P2, P2, K2, C4B, K4, C4F, K2, P2, P2, K4, P2 – rep one more time to the end of the round.
- Round 4: P2, K4, P2, P2, K16, P2, P2, K4, P2 – rep one more time to the end of the round.
- Round 5: P2, C4F, P2, P2, C4B, K8, C4F, P2, P2, C4F, P2 – rep one more time to the end of the round.
- Round 6: P2, K4, P2, P2, K16, P2, P2, K4, P2 – rep one more time to the end of the round.
Rep the 6 rounds 3 more times so that you have 4 staghorn cables before you start to decrease.
Note – remove the marker when necessary.
Keeping continuity of the patt – shape as follows:
- Round 1: P2tog, K4, P2tog, P2tog, K4, C4B, C4F, K4, P2tog, P2tog, K4, P2tog – rep one more time to the end of the round (60 sts).
- Round 2: P1, K4, P2, K16, P2, K4, P1 – rep one more time to the end of the round (60 sts).
- Round 3: P1, K4, P2tog, K2tog, C4B, K1, K2tog, K1, C4F, K2tog, P2tog, K4, P1 – rep one more time to the end of the round (50 sts).
- Round 4: P1, K4, P1, K13, P1, K4, P2, K4, P1, K13, P1, K4, P1 – rep one more time to the end of the round (50 sts).
- Round 5: P1, C4F, P1, C4B, K2tog, K1, K2tog, C4F, P1, K2tog, K2tog, P1 – rep one more time to the end of the round (42 sts).
- Round 6: K the knit sts and P the purls to the end of the round (42 sts).
- Round 7: *K1, K2tog – rep from * to the end of the round.
- Round 8: Knit all sts.
- Round 9: *K2tog – rep from * to the end of the round.
- Round 10: Cut the yarn leaving around a 6-inch tail, thread through the rem sts.
Sew in the loose end on the brim of that hat – making it neat on the underside – so when you turn it over you see a neat edge/seam.
Add a pom-pom in the same coloured yarn using the Clover pom pom maker – Size – 2.5 inches.
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