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Child Cable Hat

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Hat Knitting Pattern

Head circumference 18" (46 cm)

Knitpicks Telemark sport weight yarn 100% wool 103 yards (94 m) / 50 gram color 2113 Skyline - 2 balls

Needles: circular US #4 (3.5 mm) 24" (60 cm) and dpn US #4 (optional) OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE. Cable needle.

Gauge: 20 sts x 24 rows = 10 x 10 cm (4"x4") for stockinette


  • k - knit,
  • k2tog - knit 2 sts together,
  • p - purl,
  • p2tog - purl 2 sts together,
  • C4F (Cable 4 Front): cable on 4 sts: slip 2 sts purlwise from left needle to cable needle and hold in front of work; knit next 2 sts on left needle; return 2 sts from cable needle to left needle and then knit them
  • dpn - double pointed needles

Rib 1x1 in the round: 1k, 1p - repeat accross the round. Repeat the round as many times as needed.

Cable on 4 sts in the round:
Rounds 1-2: knit.
Round 3: C4F (Cable 4 Front).
Round 4: knit.
Repeat rounds 1-4.

Reverse stockinette (RS) in the round:
Purl all rounds


The hat is worked in rounds, without a seam.

Cast on 90 sts. Connect into a round and place a marker on the first stitch in the round. Move the marker with every round. Work rib for 10 rounds.
Rounds 11 - 32: *p5, k4 (cable)* repeat 10 times
In round 33 start decreasing: *p2tog, p3, k4(cable)* repeat 10 times.= 80 sts
Round 34: *p4, k4 (cable)* repeat 10 times
Round 35: *p2, p2tog, k 4 (cable)* repeat 10 times = 70 sts
Round 36: *p3, k4 (cable)* repeat 10 times
Round 37: *p2tog, p1, k4 (cable)* repeat 10 times = 60 sts
Round 38: *p2, k4 (cable)* repeat 10 times
Round 39: *p2tog, k4* repeat 10 times = 50 sts

Round 40: *p1, k4* repeat 10 times

Round 41: *p1, k1, k2tog, k1* repeat 10 times =40 sts You can switch here to double pointed needles.

Round 42: *p1, k3* repeat 10 times
Round 43: *p1, k2tog, k1* repeat 10 times = 30 sts
Round 44: *p1, k2* repeat 10 times
Round 45: *p1, k2 tog,* repeat 10 times = 20 sts
Round 46: *k2tog* repeat 10 times =10 sts
Cut yarn, leaving a 10" (25 cm) tail. Pull through all the sts and secure.
Make a pom-pom


There are 4 total comments on this article.

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Poster: Susan Harrison
November 9, 2012

I am confused about rows 11-32 is each of those rows p5 K4(cable)???

How is Cable A used in the pattern? That is four rounds?? That will not be workable in rows 11-32 or rounds?? HELP!!1
Poster: marlene
October 23, 2016

I think that the pattern has only 4 rows which are always being repeated from row 11 to row 32.
Every row begins with 5 sts purl and the next 4 sts are cable sts meaning that you sart with:
Row 1-2 5 sts purl and then 4 sts knit, cont. till end of row.
Row 3- 5 sts purl and then 4 sts cable ( have to put 1st 2 sts on a seperate needle (cable needle) then knit the next 2 sts and then the 2 sts on cable needle, cont. till end of row.
Row 4- 5 sts purl and then 4 sts knit, cont. till end of row.
Repeat in this way till Row 32
Poster: Maggie
February 7, 2014

I think I figured it out.

the pattern is worked over nine stitches. the first five are purl stiches with the next four worked in the cable pattern. the four rows for the cable pattern continue in the 90 stitches for rows 11 through 32. continuing with the four stitch cable pattern, start the decreases (per pattern) in row 33.

in other words, row 11 would be worked with p5 and then the first row of the cable pattern. row 12 would be worked p5 and then the second row of the cable pattern.
row 13 - row 3 of cable
row 14 - row 4 of cable
row 15 - row 1 of cable
row 16 - row 2 of cable
row 17 - row 3 of cable
row 18 - row 4 of cable
keep following sequence until you reach the last row

as the pattern states, start decreasing in row 33 (in the purl sections)while maintaining the cable pattern as established.

hope this helps. good luck
Poster: Dyanne
March 6, 2014

I am having the same proble. I worked the rib and began row 11 and it just doesn't make any sense. Did you ever get an answer? Can't finish this hat, bummer!

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