Classic Cable Knit Hat

Your go-to cable knit hat pattern for medium weight yarn.

Skill Level | Intermediate
Available Sizes | 0-3 mos, 3-6 mos, 6-12 mos, Toddler, Child, Teen, Women’s & Men’s

Try your hand at knitting cables with a classic cable stitch incorporated in a hat you can love and enjoy for years.

If you want to make one of your first cable knitting projects, this is a great place to start. You’ll encounter all sorts of cables as you continue knitting but the six stitch twist seen in this pattern is a classic and one of the easiest to learn.

With this project you’ll see just how simple a cable knitting pattern really is. The twist is created by a single round in which stitches are worked out of order. The other rows are basic knits and purls! You’ll also learn how to decrease within a cable, a common crown decrease technique used for cable knit hats.

Before you begin, review this page entirely so you understand the full scope of the project. We have a list of recommended supplies and abbreviations here on this page as well as written instructions and a tutorial to walk you through our classic cable knit hat from start to finish.

  • Red Heart Amore Yarn; (Colorway Pictured: Chamomile & Peaceful)
  • 0-3 mos: 74 yds; 68 m
  • 3-6 mos: 104 yds; 95 m
  • 6-12 mos: 118 yds; 108 m
  • Toddler: 128 yds; 117 m
  • Child: 166 yds; 152 m
  • Teen: 182 yds; 166 m
  • Women’s: 224 yds; 205 m
  • Men’s: 270 yds; 247 m
  • US 7 (4.5mm) 16″ Circular Needles
  • US 7 (4.5mm) Double Pointed Needles
  • OR US 7 (4.5mm) 24″ or longer circular needles (for magic loop crown decreases)
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors
  • Faux Fur Pompom


  • C6F Cable 6 Front**
  • C6Ftog Cable 6 Front Together**
  • C4Ftog Cab le 4 Front Together**
  • K2tog Knit 2 Together
  • K Knit
  • K2tog Knit Two Together
  • P Purl
  • P2tog Purl 2 Together
  • Rep Repeat
  • St(s) Stitches

**Cable 6 Front (C6F): Slip next 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold at front of work. Knit next 3 stitches. Knit 3 stitches from cable needle.

**Cable 6 Front Together (C6Ftog): Slip next 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold at front of work. Knit next st. K2tog. From cable needle stitches, SSK. K last.

**Cable 4 Front Together (C6Ftog): Slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle and hold at front of work. K2tog. From cable needle stitches, SSK.

Finished Size
  • 0-3 mos: 13″-15″ circumference; 5.25″ length
  • 3-6 mos: 15″-16″ circumference; 5.75″ length
  • 6-12 mos: 16″-17″ circumference; 6.75″ length
  • Toddler: 17″-18″ circumference; 7.25″ length
  • Child: 18″-20″ circumference; 7.75″ length
  • Tween: 20″-22″ circumference; 8.25″ length
  • Women’s: 21″-23″ circumference; 8.75″ length
  • Men’s: 22″-22″ circumference; 9.25″ length
Gauge

22 stitches x 28 rounds =
4″ in stockinette stitch

This pattern is worked from the band upwards. You’ll knit a basic band pattern, progress to the cables and work the crown decreases in the cables themselves.

Additional Notes: Instructions for sizes are given as follows:

0-3 mos (3-6 mos, 6-12 mos, Toddler, Child, Teen, Women’s, Mens)

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Hat Band

Round 1: CO 96(104, 112, 120, 128, 136, 144, 152). *K2, P2. Rep from * to end of round.

Round 2: *K2, P2. Rep from * to end of round.

Repeat: Rep last round 12(13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21) more times.

Hat Sides

Rounds 1-7: *K6, P2. Rep from * to end of round.

Round 8: *C6F. P2. Rep from * to end of round.

Repeat: Rep last 8 rounds 1(2, 2, 2, 3, 3,4, 5) more times, but do not work the 8th round on the last repeat.

Crown Decreases

Round 1: *C6Ftog. P2. Rep from * to end of round. {72(78, 84, 90, 96, 102, 108, 114) sts}

Rounds 2-6: *K4, P2. Rep from * to end of round.

Round 7: *C4Ftog. P2. Rep from * to end of round. {48(52, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72, 76) sts}

Rounds 8-11: *K2. P2. Rep from * to end of round.

Round 12: *K2. P2tog. Rep from * to end of round. {36(39, 42, 45, 48, 51, 54, 57) sts}

Round 13:* K2tog. P1. Rep from * to end of round. {24(26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38) sts}

Finishing

Round 7: *C4Ftog. P2. Rep from * to end of round. {48(52, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72, 76) sts}

Rounds 8-11: *K2. P2. Rep from * to end of round.

Round 12: *K2. P2tog. Rep from * to end of round. {36(39, 42, 45, 48, 51, 54, 57) sts}

Round 13:* K2tog. P1. Rep from * to end of round. {24(26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38) sts}

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