Knit Cable Beanie Pattern: Cables Galore

I’m kicking off the Hat Knit Along with KAL Corner with the cable beanie pattern for Cables Galore. If you’re new to knitting cables, don’t worry! I’ve included a video tutorial to guide you through the process. Instructions are included for knitting flat and seaming, or for knitting in the round. Choose your favorite method!

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Confession: Cable beanie patterns are my favorite knit patterns to design, and to make! They may have actually been the reason I finally learned to knit. If you love knitting cable beanies, too, then you may want to try out some of my other free patterns:

On the other hand, if you’re new to cables or to knitting beanies, don’t worry! I have two video tutorials included in this pattern to walk you through all the fiddly parts, and you can choose to knit your version in the round or flat, as you prefer.

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Cables Galore Beanie

Knitting Pattern by Underground Crafter

Chunky cables alternate with purl stitches to create a stretchy yet cozy and snug-fitting hat that works up quickly in super bulky yarn. Instructions are included for knitting flat and seaming or for knitting in the round. Choose your favorite method! This pattern is part of the Hat Knit Along with KAL Corner.

Finished Size

  • Teen/Adult: 20” (51 cm) hat circumference x 8” (20.5 cm) height. This hat stretches to fit a range of teen and adult head sizes.

Materials

  • King Cole Explorer Super Chunky yarn (shop online at LoveCrafts or Deramores) (80% acrylic/20% wool, 3.5 oz/100 g/87 yd/80 m) – 2 skeins in 4304 Hawkins, or approximately 87 yd (80 m) in any super bulky weight yarn.  PLEASE NOTE: I used exactly 1 skein of yarn for this project, so if your gauge is different than mine, you may run out before finishing. That’s why I recommend getting 2 skeins just in case.
  • US Size 13/9 mm knitting needles, or size needed to obtain gauge. (Use straight needles to knit flat and seam, or use double pointed or circular needles to knit seamlessly in the round.)
  • US Size 15/10 mm knitting needles, or size needed to obtain gauge. (Use straight needles to knit flat and seam, or use double pointed or circular needles to knit seamlessly in the round.)
  • Clover Quick Locking Stitch Marker Set (optional, but helpful if knitting in the round or to mark repeats in pattern).
  • Cable needle.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • 3 sts = 1” (2.5 cm) with smaller needles in stockinette stitch. For best fit, check your gauge.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • C8F – 8-st left-leaning cable – Sl 4 sts to cn, hold cn at front, k4, k4 from cn. A helpful video tutorial for this stitch pattern is available below.
  • If you can’t see the video tutorial for the C8F cable above, click here to watch it on YouTube.
  • cn – cable needle
  • CO – cast on
  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • sl – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
  • [] Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • Pattern includes options for two versions: knit flat then seamed or knit seamlessly in the round.
  • If using stitch markers, slip markers up each row or Round to mark position.
  • To make a slouchier beanie, continue to rep Rows/Rnds 1-10 until hat reaches desired height (approximately 1-2”/2.5-5 cm) longer than standard height for snug fitting beanie.
  • A helpful video tutorial for closing the crown of the beanie is available below.

Pattern Instructions

Beanie – Knit Flat and Seamed Version

  • With smaller needles, CO 60 sts.
  • Rib Row: *K2, p2; rep from * across.
  • Rep Rib Row until ribbing measures approximately 2” (5 cm) tall.
  • Switch to larger needles.
  • Set Up Row: P across.
  • Row 1: (Right Side): [P4, k8] across.
  • Row 2: [P8, k4] across.
  • Rows 3-4: Rep Rows 1-2 once.
  • Row 5: [P4, C8F].
  • Row 6: Rep Row 2.
  • Rows 7-10: Rep Rows 1-2 twice.
  • Rep Rows 1-10 until hat measures approximately 8” (20.5 cm) height, or preferred height, ending after Row 4. Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 36”/91.5 cm long) for seaming and finishing.
  • To close crown (see Pattern Notes), with yarn needle, draw yarn tail through remaining sts, remove sts from needles, pull yarn tight and secure to close crown.
  • With yarn needle, seam hat from crown to ribbing using mattress stitch (see Pattern Notes).
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends on inside of hat.

Beanie – Knit Seamlessly in the Round Version

  • With smaller needles, CO 60 sts.
  • Rib Rnd: *K2, p2; rep from * around, place stitch marker, join and begin working in the round, being careful not to twist..
  • Rep Rib Rnd until ribbing measures approximately 2” (5 cm) tall.
  • Switch to larger needles.
  • Set Up Rnd: K around.
  • Rnd 1: [P4, k8] around.
  • Rnds 2-4: Rep Rnd 1, 3 times.
  • Rnd 5: [P4, C8F] around.
  • Rnds 6-10: Rep Rnd 1, 5 times.
  • Rep Rnds 1-10 until hat measures approximately 8” (20.5 cm) height, or preferred height, ending after Rnd 4. Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm long) for finishing.
  • To close crown (see Pattern Notes), with yarn needle, draw yarn tail through remaining sts, remove sts from needles, pull yarn tight and secure to close crown, weave in ends on inside of hat.
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends on inside of hat.
© 2021 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/2021/01/06/cables-galore-knit-beanie-pattern/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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