Cable Beanie | Easy Knit Pattern & Tutorial

After learning how easy it was to make cables I knew I had to apply them to a hat!  I knew exactly what I had in mind and I wanted these two different type of cables.  Here is the pattern I came up with – very simple and I think that this beanie looks great on the head!

Yarn: medium worsted weightkcb0

[Red Heart Super Saver in Aran]

Needles: Size US 8 / 5.0 mm circular 16″

Materials: stitch marker

cable maker

scissors & tapestry needle

Gauge: 20 sts & 24 rows = 4 inches


Circumference- 18 inches

Length- 8 inches

The Pattern:

CO # mult. of 16 [80 st]

Place stitch marker & join the round.

Begin  1 x 1 rib.

*k1, p1* [10 rounds]

Begin cable pattern. T4BP= twist 4 back purl – place 2 stitches on the cable maker and hold in the back, knit the next 2 stitches off the needle, purl the first stitch off the cable maker & knit the second.

Round 1: *p3, k4, p3, k6*

Round 2: *p3, T4BP, p3, k6*

Round 3-5: *p3, k4, p3, k6*

Round 6: *p3, T4BP, p3, c6b*

Round 7 & 8: *p3, k4, p3, k6*

Rep rounds 1-8 until your hat measures the necessary length.  [I repeated the cable pattern 3x and my hat measured 6 inches when I started my closure.  I like to try my hat on right on the circular needles to ensure its the perfect length before closing.]

Begin hat closure.

Round 1: *p1, p2tog, k1, k2tog, k1, p1, p2tog, k2, k2tog, k2* [60 st]

All even rounds: knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches

Round 3: *p2tog, k2tog, k1, p2tog, k1, k2tog, k2* [40 st]

Round 5: *k2tog, k2tog, k2tog, k2tog* [20 st]

Cut a medium length tail & thread your tapestry needle.

Enter the first stitch knitwise & pull off needle. Continue all the way around until you have no stitches remaining.

Thread the needle through the middle of your hat and pull to close.  Sew in your ends.

Pattern Notes:  The ribbed and cable sections can be knit as long as desired for necessary measurements.  If you need to adjust the number of stitches be sure to use a multiple of 16. Pattern for straight needles & each cable variation is written below.

Cable pattern (straight needles):

Row 1 & all odd rows- *k3, p4, k3, p6* (wrong side)

Row 2- *p3, T4BP, p3, k6* (right side)

Row 4- *p3, k4, p3, k6*

Row 6- *p3, T4BP, p3, c6b*

Row 8- *p3, k4, p3, k6*

Cable beanie pattern (twist cable only):

CO # mult. of 6

Round 1- *p1, k4, p1*

Round 2- *p1, T4BP, p1*

Round 3- *p1, k4, p1*

Round 4- *p1, k4, p1*

(straight needles)

Row 1 & 3- *k1, p4, k1* (wrong side)

Row 2- *p2, T4BP, p2* (right side)

Row 4- *p2, k4, p2*

Cable Beanie Pattern (large cable only)

CO # mult. of 10

Round 1-5: *p2, k6, p2*

Round 6: *p2, c6b, p2*

Round 7 & 8: *p2, k6, p2*

(straight needles)

Row 1 & all odd rows: *k2, p6, k2*

Row 2 & 4: *p2, k6, p2*

Row 6: *p2, c6b, p2*

Row 8: *p2, k6, p2*

I do plan to make both of these variations of hats – I think both cables look great and would make a beautiful hat on there own.  I really love how this beanie turned out. Let me know what you think!

kcb1Don’t forget to send me pictures on Facebook if you make this beanie or any of my projects!

If you would like to see the pattern in action or how to cable watch the tutorial below!


Need Supplies?

needles- Clover Takumi Bamboo Circular 16-Inch Knitting Needles, Size 8

yarn-Red Heart E300.0313 Super Saver Economy Yarn, Aran

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