17 May 2013

teach your cables well...

another FREE pattern...yay!

this little cabled beanie was designed specifically for a class that I am teaching at the Mendocino Yarn Shop...

A simple, stretchy hat, it is easy to make and fun to wear.  Put a pom-pom on top or perhaps a big wool-y flower at the brim. 

The beanie, made as written, will fit an average teenage/adult head snuggly, but you can alter the size very easily.  If you need it larger, try knitting it in an aran weight at 4.5 stitches per inch.  Need a baby hat?  Use a sport-weight on size 3US needles.  For a toddler/child, knit one in a dk-weight at 5.5 stitches per inch. Need it longer?  Add a cable cross or elongate the cables by crossing the cables every 8th or 9th round!

happy knitting!

teach your cables well...
cabled beanie

by pamela w allen


·         One skein worsted-weight yarn, preferably wool 
·         Size 6US (4mm) 16” circular needle (or size needed to obtain gauge)
·         Set of size 6US (4mm) double-pointed needles
·         Cable needle
·         Darning needle 


5 stitches/7 rows per inch in stockinette stitch and 7 stitches per inch in cable rib pattern, un-stretched.  You can fudge a little bit on the gauge, by the way, because this fabric is quite stretchy.   Hat fits head up to 22".


K—knit; P—purl;  K2tog—knit two together; P2tog—purl two together; 6CR—6-stitch right cable turn (slip three stitches to cable needle, hold in back of work, knit next three stitches, knit stitches from cable needleSL2-k1-pssoslip 2 stitches as if to knit at the same time, k1, pass the two slipped stitches over the knitted stitch together.


With circular needle, using the long-tail or cable method, cast on 96 stitches.  Join to knit in round (careful not to twist!) and place marker.
1st round:   *K2, P2, K6, P2; repeat from * to end of round.
2nd – 6th rounds:   Repeat round 1.
7th round:  *K2, P2, 6CR, P2, repeat from * to the end of the round.
Continue knitting established pattern (rounds 1-7), until just before your sixth cable round.  Your work should measure about 6”.
Begin decreasing the crown on your sixth cable, round 7, as follows:  On each 6-stitch cable, slip 3 stitches to the cable needle, hold  in back of work, K1 , K2tog, knit the first two stitches from cable needle together, k1.  At the end of the round you will have 80 stitches on your needle.   Work three rounds, without decreasing (knit the knit stitches, purl the purl stitches). 
2nd decrease round: * K2, P2tog, K4, P2tog, repeat from * to end of round—64 stitches remain.   Work two rounds  without decreasing (knit the knit stitches, purl the purl stitches). 
3rd  decrease round:  * K2tog, P1, K4, P1, repeat from* to end of round —56 stitches remain.   Switch to double-pointed needles.
4th  decrease round:  K1, P1, put next two stitches on cable needle, hold in back, K2tog, knit two stitches from cable needle together, p1—repeat 7 times, but do not work the last purl stitch on the round —40 stitches remain. Remove marker.
5th decrease round: Work the last purl stitch of previous round with the next decrease round as follows:  *SL2-k1-psso, K2, continue from * to end of round—24 stitches remain.
6th decrease round:* K1, K2tog from * to end of round—16 stitches remain.
K2tog until you have 8 stitches left.  Break the yarn, leaving about 2”.  With a darning needle, pull yarn through the remaining 8 stitches.  Weave in ends, securing well. Wet block, being careful not to over-stretch the ribbing.

Et voilà !!!

© 2013 pamela w allen designs  
This free pattern may not to be used in any publication, nor should it be reproduced in electronic/digital format without my permission.

comments are always welcome...


  1. Looking forward to giving this a try. Beautiful.


  2. wonderful! let me know what you think!


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