Cable Knit Beanie

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A fun, quick to work up hat, featuring chunky cables.

Cable knitting pattern


  • 9mm 16″ circular knitting needles
  • 10mm 16″ circular knitting needles
  • 9mm double pointed needles
  • Cable needle
  • lvl 6 super bulky yarn ( I used Lion Brand Thick and Quick)
  • stitch marker
  • optional: faux fur pompom


  • I used Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick for this pattern


2.5 stitches/ 1 inch x 3.5 rounds/ 1 inch – 4 inch knit stitch


  • K: knit 
  • P: purl
  • 8 st LKC: Slip 4 stitches onto the cable needle and hold at the front of the work. Knit next 4 stitches from the left hand needle. Knit 4 stitches from cable needle
  • 8 st RKC: Slip 4 stitches cable needle and hold at back of the work. Knit next 4 stitches from left needle, knit 4 stitches from cable needle
  • K2tog: knit 2 together
  • DPN: double pointed needles
  • **: repeat everything in the asterisk

Adult Pattern

Using 9mm needles cast on 50 stitches. Join in the round. 


Row 1-8: *k1,p1*

Body of the Hat — Switch to 10mm needles

Row 9 (increase round): *(k2,m1, place 4 stitches on your cable needle and bring to the front of your work, k2, m1, knit the stitches from your cable needle)* Repeat 4 more times (60 sts)

Row 10-12: knit 

Row 13: *8st RKC, k4* Repeat 4 more times

Row 14-16:knit 

Row 17: *k4, 8st LKC* Repeat 4 more times

Row 18-20: knit

Row 21: *8st RKC, k4* Repeat 4 more times 

Row 22-24: knit 

Row 25: *k4, 8st LKC* Repeat 4 more times

Row 26-28: knit 

Row 29: *8st RKC, k4* Repeat 4 more times 

Row 30-32: knit 

Row 33: *k4, 8st LKC* Repeat 4 more times

Row 35: knit 

Decrease Rounds

Row 36: *k2, k2tog*

37: Knit 

Switch to DPNs

38: *k1,k2tog*

Row 39: *k2tog*

Cut a  long tail and weave through remaining stitches. Cinch closed and weave in ends. 

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This pattern is an original pattern by Meg Hardison of The Northern Moose. Please do not claim this pattern as your own. Please do not reprint this pattern on your site. You may keep a copy of for your own personal use but please do not sell the pattern or distribute it.

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This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Robin Wilschek

    I am having trouble with the increase row and I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong, I’ve taken out and redone the row twice and end up with 2 extra stitches after the repeats
    Please help

    1. northernmoose

      Are there 60 stitches at the end of your increase round or 62?

  2. Robin

    I tried again doing the inc row, after the last knitting of the 4 st from the cable needle I have 2 st left, if I knit them I’ll have 60, if I k2 m1 I’ll have 61, there we’re not any instructions after knitting the 4 st off the cable needle at the end of the row

    1. northernmoose

      There should be no stitches left at the end of the row after knitting the 4 off the cable needle. Without seeing what you are doing during that round I cannot pin point what is going wrong. I am going to make a video tomorrow of the increase round for you. That should help you see what might be going wrong.

  3. Robin

    Where will I be able to watch the video of the increase row?

    1. northernmoose

      I’ll either attach the video to this post, or I’ll message you a link to the video. I’ll message you back here once I have the video available.

    2. northernmoose

      here is the link to the video

  4. Robin

    Thank you so much for posting the video, I was doing a different M1, not the front and back way, I’m thinking that might be the problem, I’ll try it again tonight
    Thanks again

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