knitting: cabled knit hat tutorial

This post was written by Carla of Grace and Favour.

knitting: cabled knit hat tutorial || imagine gnats

I’m excited to share my Cabled Knit Hat with you, so let’s get started!

Materials needed:

DK weight/light worsted yarn (shown is Tosh DK by Madelinetosh)
4.25mm (size 6) circular needle
set of 4.25mm (size 6) double pointed needles
cable needle
large button (button shown from 2 Good Claymates)

knitting: cabled knit hat tutorial || imagine gnats

Abbreviations:

C3f= put next 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold to front of work

C3b= put next 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold to back of work

pm= place marker

Cable Band:

Using dbl point needles, cast on 23 stitches.

Row 1 : k5, p2, k9, p2, k5

Row 2: k7, p9, k7

Row 3: k5, p2, C3f, k3, k3 from cable needle, k3, p2, k5

Row 4: k7, p9, k7

Row 5: k5, p2, k9, p2, k5

Row 6: k7, p9, k7

Row 7: k5, p2, k3, C3b, k3, k3 from cable needle, p2, k5

Row 8: k7, p9, k7

These 8 rows form pattern. Continue in pattern as established until you reach a length equal to head circumference plus 1″. (If you’re not able to measure the head in question, this size chart from Knit Picks may come in handy. I knit to 22″ in the hat shown.)

knitting: cabled knit hat tutorial || imagine gnats

Cast off, but don’t cut yarn.

Hat Body:

Form the band into a circle, overlapping ends by 1″, and pin in place.

knitting: cabled knit hat tutorial || imagine gnats

Using circular needle, pick up and knit 108 stitches (more if you can) and pm.

Knit in the round until work measures 8 inches from edge.

knitting: cabled knit hat tutorial || imagine gnats

Crown Shaping:

Row 1: k10, pm. Repeat to end of round. If you have stitches left over just include them in the last set.

Row 2: knit to 2 stitches before marker, knit 2 together. Repeat to end of round.

Row 3: knit. Change to dbl point when work gets too tight

Repeat rows 2&3 until you are down to around 25 stitches. You don’t want to knit to a point, but rather to a blunt end.

knitting: cabled knit hat tutorial || imagine gnats

Cut yarn and thread through all stitches, pulling up tightly. Weave in end.

knitting: cabled knit hat tutorial || imagine gnats

knitting: cabled knit hat tutorial || imagine gnats

Sew button where cable band overlaps, and you’re done. Wear (or gift) your lovely hat with pride!

knitting: cabled knit hat tutorial || imagine gnats

Carla Fawcett

I'm a quilter, knitter and mother to six grown children. We have two lovely grand girls and I anticipate quilting to be a huge part of my future while I await more grand babes.
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5 Responses to knitting: cabled knit hat tutorial

  1. Ajaire March 27, 2014 at 9:07 am #

    Great pattern Carla! I love a good cable. And that button! I had no idea it was so large from the FB preview, but I’m even more in love now :)

  2. Alli March 27, 2014 at 7:44 pm #

    That’s a neat hat! I like that braid cable! :)

  3. Rachel June 20, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

    What a wonderfully unique hat, I love the way it is constructed with that gorgeous cable braid.
    I’m always on the lookout for new hat patterns, and this is so beautiful, I think I’ll have to start right away. Thank you so much for sharing it with everyone.

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