Hat number 5 has a cabled ribbing created by alternating six-stitch left cables and left twists with purl stitches. This hat was a really quick knit and looks lovely when finished. It also doesn’t necessarily require the use of a cable needle. A six-stitch left cable and left twists are pretty much cable needle optional.
The 12 stitch cabled pattern is 6 rows tall and makes this pattern very flexible for sizing to fit various size heads. Each pattern repeat stretches to be 2.75″ wide and 1″ tall so if you know what finished size hat you want, it’s easy to figure out how many stitches to catch on and how many cable repeats to complete. To calculate how many stitches to cast on, divide the circumference you’d like to make by 2.75 and that’s the number of 12 stitch pattern repeats you need to complete. The cable pattern is ribbed so if you round up to the closest 12 stitch repeat, the hat will still fit snugly because it stretches (or doesn’t) to fit. For example, 22″ is a common hat circumference and just happens to conveniently divide by 2.75 eight times, so you’d cast on 96 stitches to make a hat with a 22″ circumference (8×12=96).
To figure out how many of the 6 row pattern repeats to do, take your desired hat height and subtract and two inches for the crown decreases (the decreases are really just under 2 inches but rounding to 2″ makes math easy and I’ve been happy with the results) and subtract an inch (or two) for the ribbed brim. The number of inches after subtracting for the brim and crown decreases is the number of cable repeats you need to knit. The great thing is you can make the brim as short or long as you need. So if you want an 8.5″ tall hat, you can knit a 1.5″ ribbed brim and know that you’ll have 2″ worth of decreases, which leaves 5 – 1″ cable repeats to reach a finished 8.5″ tall hat. You could also do just a 1/2″ brim and then do 6 cable repeats before starting your decreases.
I knit the pictured hat using some kind of worsted weight acrylic (I don’t have many ball bands left in the overflowing bins of acrylic, but this is most likely Red Heart Super Saver) on size US8 (5.0 mm) needles. I started on a 16″ circular and then switched to double-pointed needles when needed.
Hat Recipe below the fold…
- 100-150 yards of worsted weight yarn (amount of yarn needed will vary with width and length)
- US 8 (5.0 mm) 16″ circular and double-pointed needles
- Stitch marker, yarn needle, scissors, and cable needle
- Each 12 stitch pattern repeat stretches to 2.75 inches wide, each 6 round cable repeat is 1″ tall
- Left twist (LT): hold next stitch to front of work, knit following stitch, knit held stitch
- 6 stitch left cable: Hold 3 stitches to front, knit next three stitches, knit three held stitches
- 4 stitch left cable: Hold 2 stitches to front, knit next two stitches, knit two held stitches
- SSK: slip, slip, knit two slipped stitches
- K2tog: knit two stitches together
- Cast on a multiple of 12 stitches. I cast-on 84 stitches to make a 19 and 1/4″ finished circumference to fit a small adult head. Join stitches to knit in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches and place marker to note beginning of round.
- Knit Border:
- *K2, p2* rib for 6 rows or until 1″ length
- Knit three cable pattern set-up rows as follows:
- Rnd 1 and 3: *k6, p2, k2, p2* repeat around
- Rnd 2: *K6, p2, left twist, p2* repeat around
- Begin cable pattern:
- Rnd 1: *6-stitch left cable, p2, left twist, p2* repeat around
- Rnd 2, 4, 6: *K6, p2, k2, p2* repeat around
- Rnd 3 and 5: *K6, p2, left twist, p2* repeat around
- Complete five cable patterns and do row 1 one more time
- Tip 1: You’re beginning the decrease rounds the round after you complete a round with the 6-stitch left cables.
- Tip 2: If you’re doing a larger circumference hat you can do just the five repeats, but the hat will be a short beanie. You’ll need to add at least one more repeat to get complete ear coverage.
- The decrease rounds:
- Rnd 1: *k6, p2, k2, p2* repeat around
- Rnd 2: *k1, ssk, k2tog, k1, p2, left twist, p2* repeat around
- Rnd 3: *k4, p2, k2, p2* repeat around
- Rnd 4: *K4, p2tog, left twist, p2tog* repeat around
- Rnd 5: *k4, p1, k2, p1* repeat around
- Rnd 6: *4-stitch left cable, p1, left twist, p1* repeat around
- Rnd 6: *k4, p1, k2, p1*, repeat around
- Rnd 7: *k1, k2tog, k1, p1, ssk, p1* repeat around
- Tip: The ssk here is important, it makes the stitch lean the same direction as your twists.
- Rnd 8: *slip1, k2tog, psso, p1, k1, p1* repeat around
- Rnd 9: *k1, p1* repeat around
- Rnd 10: *ssk* repeat around
- Rnd 11: *ssk* repeat around
- Cut yarn leaving a 12″ tail and thread through remain live stitches. Weave in loose ends.