Winter cable knit hat



Coldness is knocking to the door and now is a proper time to get prepared for the winter. Since knitting a warm jacket is way too complicated and time-consuming, so I decided to knit a hat that can be knitted from the threads of different color, have cool pom-pom and pass well to any jacket or coat. Interested? Then check the material that is needed below, sit in a comfortable armchair and start crafting your hat.


5 Double Pointed Knitting Needles  3.5 mm. I don’t see it as a problem if you use a circular needles;

Alpacana Lanoso 35% wool, 40% acrylic, 25% alpaca of any attractive color. (In total I used 1 skein)

SIZE: Adult 52-54 cm


k – knit

k2tog – knit two together

Cable 4 Back (C4B): Slip 4 knit stitches to the extra needle and hold in back of work, 4k from the left hand needle, 4k from the extra needle.



Cable 4 Front (C4F): Slip 4 knit stitches to the extra needle and hold in front of work, 4k from the left hand needle, 4k from the extra needle.


So lets start. Cast on 96 stitches for the hat.

Round 1: Begin with rib 2 by 2 *knit 2, purl 2* keep repeating 13-15 rounds until ribbing measures 5-6 cm from the edge.





Round 1: In this round, we are going to increase. Please use any methods you know. In my case, I am going to *knit one stitch from the previous round, 4 k, repeat from * to the end of round. At the end of this round, you will get in total 120 stitches.

Please check pictures how to knit stitch from the previous round.



cable knit hat

Round 2-6: knit in stockinette stitch.

Round 7: *С4В, 4k, repeat from* to end of round.

Round 8-12: knit in stockinette stitch.

Round 13: *4k, C4F, repeat from* to end of round.





Repeat Rounds 2-13 and two (three) more times. In the last time don’t repeat Round 13th, because this is round where we start decreasing.

The hat should now measure approximately 18 сm from the edge.

From this point we start decreasing hat.

Round 1: *4k, slip 4 knit stitches to the extra needle and hold in front of work, [k2tog, 2k] - from the left hand needle, [k2tog, 2k] – from the extra needle, repeat from* to end of round.

Round 2-6: knit in stockinette stitch.

Roound 7: *Slip 4 knit stitches to the extra needle and hold in back of work, 3k from the left hand needle, [k2tog, 2k] - from the extra needle, 3k, repeat from* to end of round.

Round 8-12: knit in stockinette stitch.

Round 13: *3k, slip 3 knit stitches to the extra needle and hold in front of work, [k2tog, 1k] - from the left hand needle, [k2tog, 1k] – from the extra needle, repeat from* to end of round.

Round 14-18: knit in stockinette stitch.

Round 19: *Slip 3 knit stitches to the extra needle and hold in back of work, 2k from the left hand needle, [k2tog, 1k] - from the extra needle, 2k, repeat from* to end of round.

Round 20: knit in stockinette stitch.

Cut yarn leaving 10-15 cm tail. Use hook or tapestry needle to pull yarn tail through the last remaining stitches. Pull tight to close the hole. Hide the tail inside of the hat and weave it in into the back side of our stitches.

Attach pom-pom.

Wide variety of pompoms you can find in our shop section.

It’s time to enjoy your warm and cute cable hat!








112 thoughts on “Winter cable knit hat

  1. Cat

    I would really like knit this with yarn from my stash. What is the gauge for this?

    • crazyhands

      Good day,
      This yarn: Gauge
      13.0 sts = 4 inches

      • Rowena

        Crazy hands, at a gauge of 3.25 per inch wouldn’t casting on 96 stitches be 29.538″? Need about 18″ for average adult head. Confused?

        • crazyhands

          It was the gauge for suggested needles 6-6.5 mm – 13.0 sts = 4 inches. In my case I used 3.5 mm needles so the size is perfect for 52-54 cm.

  2. Lynn

    I love the pom pom. Where could I find one? I live in the US. Great pattern! Easy to read and follow. Can’t wait to make this!

    • crazyhands

      Hi Lynn! Thanks for visiting my site and sharing your opinion. The pom pom you can find on our website in the shop section. In case of any questions – contact me via contact form or here in the comments!

  3. Jean

    White are the pom-poms available to buy in England ? I would love to makes these for two of my daughters 🙂

    • crazyhands

      Hello Jean,
      thank you for the question.
      We have white pom poms but its not silver fox fur. It is raccoon fur and has a price of $12 per piece. No problem, we can send it to you to England. If you are fine with a price, we will add the product to our shop today and you will be able to place an order.

  4. Pat Farr

    I would like to buy the Pompoms. What colors and sizes do you have? I would like several and I live in the US.

    • crazyhands

      Hi dear Pat!
      Thanks for visiting our website 🙂
      You can check a Shop section at our website. There are currently pompoms available in 4 different colours and 3 size ranges. Check it out – maybe you will find something you like.

  5. Allison

    Great tutorial! Love the hat!

  6. Amanda

    Great hat!! Do you have a pattern for a matching scarf?

    • crazyhands

      Dear Amanda, the matching scarf pattern will be published next week. Stay with us!

  7. Vicki Murphy

    What weight yarn?

    • crazyhands

      Dear Vicki
      142 yards (130 meters)
      Unit weight
      100 grams (3.53 ounces)

  8. Dianne

    How many stitches would you cast on for a 4 year old and what would you increase to?

    • crazyhands

      Hello for ribbing part you can cast 76 stitches. Then you should increase to that number of stitches that can be divided by 12 ( for ex 96 or 108). You can also use thinner yarn without changes in pattern.

  9. Mary park

    Would love to purchase the Pom Pom”s Great pattern,Beautiful Hat.I love the white ones ,looks like silver fox.

    • crazyhands

      yes it is a silver fox. Visit our shop section where you can buy it. Thank you

  10. Ann Feltner

    Love the hat and have just started making it. Just to be clear, when I get finished with the increase row I will have 216 stitches on my needles…..right?

    • crazyhands

      no, first you cast 96 stitches and after ribbing part you increase and at the end you will have 120 stitches.
      Please read pattern one more time and if you have questions I am here to answer them.

  11. Shelley Dubois

    Can you explain this to me please ” Repeat Rounds 2-13 and two (three) more times”


    • crazyhands

      hello, yeah
      after you finished 13th Round start repeating pattern from the Round 2 till 13th. And then again when you finish 13th round back to the 2d. Two(three) times simply mean that you should repeat Rounds 2-13 two or three times. It depends on size of the hat and yarn that you are using. Good luck and I will be happy if you send me a picture of your hat.

  12. Judy

    Love this hat, I will be knitting it as soon as I can find a suitable yarn

    • crazyhands

      Good luck! And I will be happy to see your project as soon as you finish it

  13. Carol

    The needle size seems awfully small for bulky weight yarn. Do you mean a 6mm which is a US size 10 needle? I can’t imagine knitting bulky yarn with a size 4 needle. Any help would be greatly appreciated:) UK 4 is a US 10 which is 6mm.

    • crazyhands

      Hello thanks for question.
      Yes I know that the needles are awfully small but yes I used exactly 3.5 mm (US 4). In my country we have windy winter so I wanted the hat as thick as possible without any holes.
      What I can suggest for you is to use at least 4 – 4.5 mm needles for ribbing part and for main part 6-8 mm, otherwise you can get a bigger size of hat.
      I hope it was helpful.

  14. Judi

    Hi. What size and type of fur did you use for the pom pom on the cream coloured hat? I just finished a cowl scarf for my 16 yr. old granddaughter in this same pattern. It is called the “sand cable” pattern and the end result is beautiful without the work involved in some other cables. Thanks.

    • crazyhands

      hi, thank you for your feedback.
      For my white cable knit hat I have used 15-16 cm pom pom. (silver fox)
      Plz send me your final project, I will be happy to see result.

  15. Pat

    How would yoy do the increases if you are using circular needles?

    • crazyhands

      hello, you do it in the same way. There is no difference whether you use double pointed or circular needles. Please check pictures how to increase from the previous round in “Sandy winter cable hat” tutorial.

  16. Rocky Char

    Hello, I love this pattern and I’d love to make it. Just a few quick questions what exact weight of yarn, five or six? Also how many yards of yarn or skeins also what exact size needles I would love to make this with my number five bulky weight yarn to match my cable mittens thank you for sharing this lovely pattern:)

    • crazyhands

      weight of yarn – five
      I was using 3.5 cm needles (you can use larger)
      1 skein – 100 grams- 130 m

  17. Suzanne Webster

    Just finished my first hat! I used worsted weight yarn and the size 4 needles. It was still tight and fit my Granddaughter better than me. So I’m going to try with a larger size needle to see how that works out. Love the pattern!

    • crazyhands

      I guess that your way of knitting too tight or maybe your size of head more than 54 cm. I have already done 3 adults hat using 3.5 cm needles and they are perfect. Try to use larger size and let me know how it worked.

      • Debbie

        Is this chunky / bulky yarn? Can I use Bernat chunky for this hat?

        • crazyhands

          Hello, yes its bulky yarn. yes you can use Bernat chunky but I afraid the size might be a bit different at the end. In my version 1 ball -100 grams – 130 m

          • Debbie

            Tks …going to try it….love the hat!

  18. Ariana Thacker

    When you say C4B K4, do I do the whole cable and then k4 or is it k4 after I complete the cable.

    • crazyhands

      You do C4B and straight after k4, then again C4B k4 …… till the end of round.

  19. Lorraine Chartrand

    I love your hat. Is the apalca wool itchy or soft. Can we wash the hat in the washing machine.

    how much wool do I have to buy.

    Do you sell project kit at a reduced price to make the hat with pompom or do we have to buy separately.

    Do you have a video on how to knit stitch from the previous round. would love to make this hat for my daughter in law.

    Thanks for sharing your knitting pattern and taking the time to respond to my questions.


    • crazyhands

      Hi Lorraine, thanks for your questions. First of all I would not recommend to wash it in the washing machine. I prefer hand wash it. The yearn itself is soft and almost not itchy. For adult hat you need about 1.3-1.5 skeins, for a kid version 1 skein will be enough. At the moment you can buy all the components only separately. So far I have not cast the video but I can suggest you to check this link where you can find better pics . It’s always a pleasure to answer your questions. Thanks for visiting my blog and good luck with your project.

  20. Mary ann

    I would love to print off pattern but hate to print off all the advertising and comments. It eats up all my ink and paper. Any suggestions ??

    • crazyhands

      hi Mary Ann,
      sorry, but currently there is no such possibility to print as you wish. We will try to come up with a solution soon.

  21. Denise

    Hi! I’m wondering where I can purchase the green yarn and the Pom Pom? Thank you! I have looked on your site but don’t see how to purchase. I didn’t find the green yarn for purchase!

    • crazyhands

      hello, unfortunately green yarn are not available. I can offer only white, sandy or blue colors. Plus you can buy a beautiful blue raccoon pom pom in the shop section. Thank you

      • imhs1975

        Oh, and how many yards of yarn do I need?

        • crazyhands

          For adult hat you need about 1.3-1.5 skeins, for a kid version 1 skein will be enough. 1skein-130 m

  22. imhs1975

    Thank you!

  23. Connie

    After you complete the first 12 rows in the beginning of the pattern -row 13 says * k4 CAF4* repeat. Which would be start row 13 with k4 then the C4F and repeat across row to end. However in the beginning of your pattern instructions where you explain the abbreviations it states C4F: slip 4 stitches on spare needle and hold in front of work then knit the next 4 stitches from left needle, next knit the 4 stitches from extra needle. Which is correct way to star row 13 opinion the winter cable knit pattern? Very confused.

    • crazyhands

      the 13th row you start from *k4 then slip 4 knit stitches to the extra needle and hold in front of work, k4 from the left hand needle, k4 from the extra needle, continue repeating from *
      Hope it helps!

  24. Connie

    I need to know exactly how to start row 13 please.

  25. Name on ie

    Comments lease tell me how the 13th row begins in your winter cable hat. Do I k4 then C4F repeat or C4F the. K4 repeat. Please help.

    • crazyhands

      k4 then C4F and again k4 then C4F………

  26. Xenia

    Hi, I have a small question on the pattern. What number should the cast on stitches be a multiple of? Because I started the pattern with 5mm circular needles but I think that 96 stitches will be too small for my head. Thanks in advance

    • annanitato_175

      Hello, sorry for my late respond.
      For ribbing part you can cast 112 stitches or more. Then you should increase to that number of stitches that can be divided by 12 (for ex 144). Hope it helps.

  27. Ellisen

    Thank you very much for the hat, and the multiple of 12 info. I’d like to try it in different sizes.

  28. meghan

    Hi, sorry if you have already answered this somewhere but what is the size of the pompom included on the white hat? I want to make sure I purchase the correct size.


    • annanitato_175

      hello, it is 17 cm pom pom, but you can buy as well 15-16 cm.

  29. Tielle

    Hello, I was curious as to what cast on method did you use?

    • annanitato_175

      I usually use long tail cast on

  30. Emylie

    So I tried to do my first hat ever! Didn’t chose the easiest idea but I fell in love with the pattern!! I had to start over 4th times !!
    1st it was all twisted ( my first time knitting in the round)
    2nd I was about 1/4 in the project and realized it was really too small , I undid everything
    3 Rd twisted again ….. :/
    4th times and now I’m good and it all look perfect ….. for now ! ThAnk for the pattern and all the explanation!

    • annanitato_175

      Thank you Emylie, for your kindest words. You are really persistent knitter and that is great. I hope to see your hat in FB or Instagram and don’t forget that I have matching cowl for this hat 😉

  31. Teresa

    Why do you give the weight of yarn instead of dk or four ply or Aran

    • annanitato_175

      Hi Teresa,
      Thanks a lot for your valuable feedback. I am constantly trying to improve my posts, so I will add this info to my future posts. In this case I used bulky yarn (number 5) and needles 3.5 mm instead of recommended 5.5-8 mm size. Please let me know if this helps 🙂

  32. Jackjovi56

    Hello i have just knitted up this hat for my DIL however when i had finished the decreases i end up with 60 sts left on my needle ready for the yarn to be pulled through this can’t be right can it the hole on the top would be far to large normally on other hats i have have ended up with 10-14 i have taken it back twice and still end up with this amount of stitches..xx

    • annanitato_175

      Hello! yes you are right at the end you have 60 stitches. If you have big hole on the top then I suggest to make one more decrease round. For ex: *2k, slip 2 knit stitches to the extra needle and hold in front of work, [k2tog] – from the left hand needle, [k2tog] – from the extra needle, repeat from* to end of round.
      Otherwise you can hide your hole under pom. Let me know if it helped.

  33. jackjovi56

    I will try that thank you i’ll let you know how it

  34. jackjovi56http://crazyha

    I will try that thank you i’ll let you know

  35. jackjovi56

    I have finished the hat and it worked out better closing the hole tighter thank you for your help.x

  36. Miriam

    Hi, I started to knit your hat, my head is 56 cm so i started with 108 stiches, now i like to increase to 132 stiches, so i have to increase every 4.5 stiches, how should i do that now? Thanks in advance.

    • annanitato_175

      Hi, as I got you have to add 24 stitches. Add 6 stitches on each needle. Just try to redistribute it evenly among 27 stitches that you have.

  37. Miriam

    I will try that, thank you very much for your fast replay

  38. Cavell

    Hi….just looking at this pattern,would love to do it but I would rather do it on two needles…is that possible for this pattern? I have Patons Canadiana wool…wondering how it would be.

    • annanitato_175

      Hi Cavell,
      yeah, you can do it on circular needles, no problem. I have just checked Patons Canadiana wool so I believe it will be perfect. Hope to see your project soon on FB or Instagram. Good luck 🙂

      • Cavell

        Thanks…so looking forward to doing this pattern for my grand daughter.

  39. Lyne

    Hello! Your hat is beautiful! I Started with 96 stitches but it’s too small (with 3.5mm). I realized that I use worsted and not bulky. I Have also 4.5mm needles. Should I use 3.5mm with more stitches or 4.5mm? If I use 4.5mm, how many stitches should I begin with? The gauge with my wool is 20 sts-25rows for 10cm.

    Thanks in advance!

    • annanitato_175

      Hello Lyne. I would suggest you to use 4.5 mm needles and 96 stitches. Knit rib part and check if it wider this time. I dunno your head circumference but your gauge seems fine. Let me know if it still small and we can recalculate a bit. By the way I have sent your beautiful pom today, thank you so much for your order 🙂

  40. Lyne

    Thanks so much for your answer! And I can’t wait to see my Pom!

  41. Lyne

    The ribbing part was okay but the cable part seemed to be a lot less stretchy, that’s why it took time before I realized that the hat was too small..

    • annanitato_175

      Lyne, did you add stitches for cable part? It is also possible to take bigger needles for cable part. Seems your way of knitting is too tight

  42. Lyne

    Anna, I had 120 stitches for cable part. May be you’re right about my tightness!!

    • annanitato_175

      do you want to recalculate or will try a bigger needles???

      • Lyne

        I am trying bigger needles. Thanks!

        • Lyne Labrecque

          Finished and perfect size!!

          • annanitato_175

            great. You can share it on FB 🙂

          • Lyne

            Just received the Pompon. Very nice!!

          • annanitato_175

            wow so fast as never before. I am really happy you like it

  43. Linda yallop

    Love the hat, but struggle to knit in the round!,,, can this hat be knitted flat?

    • annanitato_175

      Hello Linda. Yes, of course it can be flat. but please dont forget about selvage stitches then.

  44. Becky

    Thank you for the pattern…..
    I don’t see anyone with my question here…after I did my increase row, it says to knit in stockinette stitch for 2-6. I thought that meant knit one round then purl one round….so on my first round after the increase do I purl a round? Or do I knit a round again (after the knit increase round). It’s not looking like the picture either way!

    • annanitato_175

      Hi Becky. I got your question. Do you work in the round?? if so, then you just knit 2-6. Let me know if it clear and works now.

      • Becky

        I have it on four needles, but that’s the same as knitting in the round I believe? Thanks for the quick reply!

  45. Kathy

    For the C4B it seems really really tight. I have watched tutorials that say you only skip 2 stitches to the back then knit 2 from left needle the knit 2 from holder. Your directions are different. So I actually slip 4 to back, knit 4 from left and go back and knit 4 from holder? I am finding it very hard to do

    • annanitato_175

      Hi Kathy, yes it might be a bit hard if your way of knitting is too tight. The pattern is correct. Let me know if you have more questions.

      • Irene DiMantova

        Don’t know what I did wrong, but I don’t have rows going to the left , and rows going to the right please help.

        • annanitato_175

          Hello Irene, these are Round 7 and Round 13, then you repeat pattern until decreasing rounds. Please let me know if it clear now,

  46. Marie

    I have a 56 cm head.
    I also have a regular 4 weight yarn I would like to use, not bulky or chunky.
    Using the 3.5 mm needles, how many should I cast on?
    I tried the 96 and it was way to small.
    Thanks in advance…

    • annanitato_175

      Hi Marie. Dont you want to knit with two strands of yarn at once??? I can not give you exact number of stitches.You need to knit a small piece of example (rib 2*2) and check your gauge. Then recalculate it for 56 cm. Better recalculate it for 52-54 cm otherwise your hat might be too big. Tell me if it is clear?

  47. Marie

    Wow! Thank you for the quick reply.

    I stitched up a sample and here is what I get:
    12 stitches (k2, p2) measures 4 cm

    Not wanting to use 2 threads, because it would take away from the variegated color. I would if I really needed to. 🙂

    • annanitato_175

      ok. according my calculation you need to cast on about 156 stitches. But that’s too much as for me. Mb you have that super light(thin) yarn. Also many things depend on how tight you knit. I know it might be boring but lets try this way. Knit ribbing part and check circumference you’ll get.

  48. Marie

    IWhat worked best for me was using larger needles (4.5) and I kept the stitch count at 96.

    • annanitato_175

      cool, now its time for matching cowl 🙂

  49. Johanne

    Help me, i use yarn 10sts=4 inches, Cast 72 ? And use 7mm needles? thank you

    • annanitato_175

      hi. If you cast on 72 stitches it means you have about 70 cm head circumference. I am sure its to much. 10sts=4 inches is it for ribbing part?

  50. Paddy

    can you print this pattern

    • annanitato_175

      hi, sorry you I dont have a printable version but all my patterns are available online here. Welcome!

  51. Name

    bellissima….si potrebbe avere gentilmente la spiegazione del berretto in italiano? Grazie mille e tanti complimenti.

    • annanitato_175

      si, proverò. Dimmi Gabriella 🙂

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