Sunday, November 16, 2008

Finishing The Hat

Look, I made a Hat. Where there never was a Hat

Stephen Sondheim got it right, and I don't know why I resisted knitting hats for so long. In another century I happily crocheted groovy hats, then inexplicably I stopped, perhaps because they were no longer groovy. Thanks to the Greater St. Louis Knitters' Guild's charity program, and to friends who are just now procreating, I began again.

Hats, especially baby and children's hats, are satisfying and speedy. Size isn't critical, and they can be knitted while making conversation, and they're portable, and one can knit two or three at a time on one large magic loop. In short, they are great procrastinating projects!

Baby Cables Hat Free Pattern

I wanted to make a baby hat using bulky yarn from my stash, with cables to make it interesting to knit. Since I prefer front cables when working in the round, the cables are only 6 stitches; I chose to make the cables longer than the general mathematical rule in order to show off the bulky yarn better. The decreases in the knitted columns evoke the directionality of the cables.

Directions for this hat use the Magic Loop method, since I cannot ever manage to knit anything recognizable using dpns!

1 skein (50g) bulky yarn
Size 10 circular needle 24” or longer
Gauge: 13-14 stitches = 4” (10cm)

CF6 = Slip 3 stitches onto cable needle held in front of work, K3, K3 stitches from cable needle

CO 60 stitches, divide in half on the wire, and join, being careful not to twist.. Work K1P1 ribbing for 1”.

Begin Cables:
Rows 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9: K5, P2, K6, P2, K5, P2, K6, P2
Rows 5 and 10: K5, P2, CF6, P2, K5, P2, CF6, P2

Continue until 3 cables are made, then begin decreases.
Row 1: (K2tog, K3, P2, K6, P2) 2 times on each side of loop
Row 2: (K2tog, K2, P2, K6, P2) 2 times on each side of loop
Row 3: (K2tog, K1, P2, K6, P2) 2 times on each side of loop
Row 4: (K2tog, P2, K6, P2) 2 times on each side of loop
Cable row: (P2tog, P1, CF6, P2, P2tog, P1, CF6, P2) on each side of loop
Row 6: (P2tog, K6, P2, P2tog, K6, P2) on each side of loop
Row 7: Sl 1 stitch pwise wyib to other side of ML. (K6, P2tog, P1, K6, P2tog, P1) on each side of loop.
Row 8: K6, P2tog, K6, P2tog (14 sts on each side of loop)
Row 9: K2tog, K5 across to eliminate purls (12 sts on each side of loop)
Cable row: CF6 across
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: K2tog (6 sts on each side of loop)
Row 3: K2tog (3 sts on each side of loop)

Break yarn and run through remaining 6 sts. Weave in ends.

Copyright 2008 RMS Original. You may use this pattern for personal or charity use only. Please link directly to this site instead of posting the pattern elsewhere.


  1. adorable------- thanks for the patt.!

  2. I also recently discovered that I love to knit hats! They are a quick and satisfying project!

  3. I love the yellow beanie hat on top with the little roll!! Would you mind sharing the pattern? Thanks!

  4. The yellow hats are all the same pattern, thanks to another blogger. You can find it here

  5. Where can i get the pattern for the adorable blue floppy brim hat?

  6. I LOVE that floppy blue hat! Name your price, I HAVE to have the pattern. :)

  7. Would Lion's brand "home spun" be a bulky enough yarn to use?

  8. where can I get the pattern with the ruffles on the bottom?

  9. Which hat is the pattern written for? I like the first hat you have posted.

  10. where can I get the patter for the adorable white ruffley hat?

  11. The yellow/orange hats (the first picture) do you have a pattern for that? Could you send it to me please. Can find me on facebook Jeannine McColley Russell

  12. Could you please send me the pattern for the yellow hats at the top of this page. My mother has been knitting beanies for kids with cancer, they have enough of those for the time been and the nurse who collects them from her suggested she knits beanies for premie babies but we need a simple pattern If this pattern would fit a premie could you please send pattern to thankyou. My mum and 2 of my sisters have had cancer so this is why we would like to help out

  13. Hi, I love the light blue floppy brimmed baby hat from Nov./08! Is there a pattern available for it? Thanx

  14. Hi, I also love the light blue floppy brimmed hat. I am from New Zealand, and have never seen the pattern, are you able to help?

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