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

introduction

About this Pattern


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.

getting started

Recommended Supplies


  • 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

FAQ: Can I use a different yarn?
Sure, as long as it’s in the same weight category. Check your gauge and adjust as needed so the sizing comes out right. The recommended yarn amount will likely be different too.

Yarn Substitution Resources:
3 Things You Must Do to Substitute Yarn

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pattern details

Abbreviations


  • 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.

pattern notes

Additional Notes


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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Written Instructions


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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