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Chunky Cable Knit Beanie Pattern
(Straight Needles)

sandy chunky cable knit beanie with fur pom

Winter is an awesome time to express your full creativity, especially in crocheting and knitting art. As long as you have enough yarn, free time and a worthy pattern at hands, the process is enjoyable and goes flawlessly. This chunky cable knit beanie is easy to make and it shines the warmth that we are all slightly missing during the snowy winter time.

Chunky cable knit beanie size:

Fits head 50-54 cm – adult

Common abbreviations of knitting stitches:

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 four (4) back knit stitch - step one
cable four (4) back knit stitch - step two
cable four (4) back knit stitch - step three

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.

cable four front knit stitch - step one
cable four front knit stitch - step two
cable four front knit stitch - step three
cable four front knit stitch - step four

Knitting materials and knitting tools:

<> 5 Double Pointed Knitting Needles number 5 mm US (8) for the main part and 4-4.5 mm (US 6-7) for the ribbing part. You can use a circular needles as well;

<> Alpacana Lanoso 35% wool, 40% acrylic, 25% alpaca chunky yarn. Sandy color: 100 grams – 130 m. (In total I used 1.5 skeins)

<> Fur pom pom.

Chunky cable knit beanie pattern

Ribbing of the chunky cable beanie:

The hat is worked in the round from brim to crown.

So let’s 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. You can also do a folded brim.

knitting the ribbing of chunky cable beanie

Body of the chunky cable beanie:

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. I didn’t change size of needles, but from this point you can use size number 7-8.

I have made pictures how to knit stitch from the previous round. Please check them below:

how to knit stitch from the previous round - step one
how to knit stitch from the previous round - step two
how to knit stitch from the previous round - step three
how to knit stitch from the previous round - step four


Rounds 2-4: knit in stockinette stitch.

Round 5: *4k, C4F, repeat from* to end of round.

Rounds 6-8: knit in stockinette stitch.

Round 9: * C4B, 4k, repeat from* to end of round.

half-finished body of the chunky cable knit beanie

Repeat Rounds 2-9 four (five) more times. In the last time don’t repeat Round 9th, because this is round where we start decreasing.

The hat should now measures approximately 20-22 cm from the edge. The best way is to try on hat while knitting.

Shaping the crown of chunky cable beanie:

From this point we start decreasing hat.

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

Round 2-4: knit in stockinette stitch.

Round 5: * k2tog, 1k,  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 6-8: knit in stockinette stitch.

Round 9: *k2tog, 2k, repeat from* to end of round.

Round 10: *k2tog, 2k, repeat from* to end of round.

Round 11: knit in stockinette stitch.

Break the yarn leaving 10-15 cm of tail. Use a hook or a tapestry needle to thread the yarn tail through the last remaining stitches. Pull it tight and secure the end. Hide the tail inside of the hat and weave it in into the back side of our stitches.

shaping the crown of sandy chunky knit cable beanie
finished super chunky cable knit beanie

Attach a pom pom. A wide variety of fur pom poms you can find and even buy one if you like some in our shop section.

I would definitely suggest to knit cable scarf or snood for this lovely hat.

sandy super chunky cable knit beanie pattern

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Vicki Murphy 24th January 2016 at 15:25

What weight yarn?

crazyhands 5th March 2016 at 10:53


Vicki Murphy 24th January 2016 at 15:27

Gauge to please?

crazyhands 24th January 2016 at 17:05

with 3.5 cm needles 1 st =0,5 cm

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Anna 4th April 2016 at 05:05

Hello Anna,
I love your pompom patterns!
I just wanted to clarify the weight of the yarn, needle size and gauge.
Weight= bulky= 5?
Needles= US 6= 4.00 mm?
Gauge for the above?

Should I expect a fairly tightly knit fabric? Many thanks for help!!!

crazyhands 4th April 2016 at 11:21

hello, thanks you for your question. In my case I was using 3.5 cm needles and the gauge 1 st =0,5 cm. But I got many feedbacks that its so hard to knit bulky yarn with 3.5 cm. So I suggest using bigger size after ribbing part (4 -5 cm).

Cora 28th July 2016 at 22:05


I was wondering if I could make and sell a few hats using this pattern online. I think it is absolutely beautiful and I would love to make a few if you’d let me.

Thanks so much!

annanitato_175 4th August 2016 at 12:06

Hello Cora!
Sure you can sell finished items.
Of course, I will be happy if you can tell about me and my blog somewhere. If no, then its fine as well.
Wish you luck!

vei vei 20th September 2016 at 16:48

Hi, First of all, Thank you for sharing your pattern for such a unique and beautiful cable hat. I am on round 1 and I am confused. Round 1 indicates that you have increased your stitches by knit one stitch from the previous round, 4 k. After the brim, it is k2, P2. During the increase using your technique, am I supposed to increase the purl stitches using a pearl increase or knit it? If so, how can I increase the purl stitches with a knit stitch? I am sort of new, please help Thank you.

annanitato_175 22nd September 2016 at 10:32

Hi, thanks for your question and I hope you still didn’t give up. You increase every 4 stitches, so it means that you increase only with a knit stitch and never with a purl, something like this – inc from previous round, 4k, inc from previous round 4k……… I hope it is clear now. Please, let me know if you have more questions. Ann

Shirley 26th September 2016 at 01:21

What does 4k mean?
Thank you

annanitato_175 26th September 2016 at 07:54

hey, it means knit 4 times

Xenia 23rd October 2016 at 21:36

Hello Anna,

I seem to be getting big wholes between the cables when moving from row 9 back to row 2 to repeat the pattern. Any idea what the problem might be? I’m using no5 needles with the appropriate yarn weight.

Katy 8th November 2016 at 04:52

How about doing a different color for the cable twists?

annanitato_175 8th November 2016 at 11:53

hey Katy!
Good idea. Let your imagination fly and share your project afterward.

Diane Griffitts 8th November 2016 at 04:55

I’m just loving this pattern and am making two hats. One orange for my grandson and one white for my grand daughter. I can’t seem to locate where to purchase the beautiful Pom poems? Could you please help me? Thank you so much!!!

annanitato_175 8th November 2016 at 11:09

hello Diane,
please visit shop section where you can purchase different kind of pompoms.

Gisele 12th November 2016 at 03:56

Hi just wondering what size pompon
From your store is on this hat? Thank you!

annanitato_175 12th November 2016 at 12:14

Hello Gisele!
It is an Arctic fox (black) 13-14 cm. But if you wanna bigger size please check black Raccoon 15-16 or 17-18 cm.

Judy 1st December 2016 at 04:21

What color is the gold yarn in sands winter pom pom hat
Love it

annanitato_175 1st December 2016 at 10:15

It is Alpacana Lanoso 35% wool, 40% acrylic, 25% alpaca. Sandy color: 100 grams -130 m. If you cant find it, you can always buy it in my shop. Thank you and enjoy knitting

Patricia 31st January 2017 at 23:21

I love your pattern but cannot figure out how to print a copy without all the ads. I never have enough paper. Thank you/

annanitato_175 1st February 2017 at 09:36

Hi Patricia. There is no printable version of my patterns, but you are always welcome here.

Name 6th September 2017 at 08:35

Is there 4 k between each cable ?

editor 6th November 2017 at 11:08

yes, you are right

Sarah 15th September 2017 at 01:42

Hi I have 120 st when I started the cable I c4f to the end and had 6 st left it doesn’t match the pattern what do I do is it my problem or is their a mistake on the pattern.

editor 6th November 2017 at 11:06

Hi, you have to knit 4k, C4F not just C4F

Sarah 16th September 2017 at 05:56

When I added a stitch every 4 st I got 121 not 120

editor 6th November 2017 at 11:00

Hi Sarah, it will be definitely 120 stitches: 96/4=24 ( 24+96=120 total amount of stitches)

Sherry 24th September 2017 at 06:13

Do you have a pattern for Little ones, 1yr , 2yr, 4yr? I’m not good at adjusting and figuring out proper proportions?

editor 6th November 2017 at 10:43

Hi, try this one but it will suit better 4 yr old

Jenny 8th November 2017 at 09:01

Hi. I really like this pattern, but I have different yarn and gauge. So I am wondering if this pattern is divisible by 8 or 12 stitches during cast on or after the increase. I casted on 104 sts, and had 130 sts after the increase. I am sure I can’t use up all the sts for my *k4, k4f/b* repeats. 🙁

editor 8th November 2017 at 15:19

Hi Jenny,
It doesn’t matter how many stitches will be your ribbing part, the most important after increasing round the total amount must be divisible by 12 stitches. So 132 sts will be perfect. Let me know if it is clear now.

Megan 5th January 2018 at 04:59

I was wondering how you cast on your stitches? I know two ways but i wanted to know the way you to it so mine doesn’t end up to tight!


Crazy Hands Knitting Editor 5th January 2018 at 23:53

I usually use long tail cast on method.

Jane 2nd February 2018 at 00:02

Does anyone know how to do a 2x2x2 cable stitch

Brenda 19th March 2018 at 02:42

I made this hat and the lady at the yarn shop recommended #4 worsted weight yarn and a 4mm needle. After all the time & money that went into the yarn and the pompom it wouldn’t fit any adult it was so small. I want to make one but I am scared to try it since hers was so small.

Crazy Hands Knitting Editor 19th March 2018 at 23:22

Hello Brenda, the pattern calls minimum for 4.5 mm knitting needles and bulky yarn. Also I think your way of knitting is too tight. Take at least 5 mm knitting needles and bulky yarn. Always use bigger number of needles for the braided part (compare to ribbing).

Justine 22nd October 2018 at 00:21

Question on the “Repeat Rounds 2-9 and four (five) more times. Is this saying you should knit rounds 2-9 and an extra round 4 or are you saying to knit 2-9 four or five more time

Knitting Guru 22nd October 2018 at 21:51

Hi – Repeat Rounds 2-9 four (five) more times. Small misprint. You repeat Rounds 2-9 4 times and if you see that hat is still short you can repeat 5th time. Let me know if it is clear now

Julie 7th November 2018 at 01:59

What adjustments do I have to make if I use a single strand of worsted yarn and a size 6 (4mm)? Will it come out in adult size? I am a beginner but have used cable needles, I just don’t understand the math part yet. Thank you! I love the look of the hat and know my adult granddaughter will love it too.

Barb 17th December 2018 at 01:41

is there any way to knit this with just 2 needles?

Knitting Guru 18th December 2018 at 00:37

Do you know how to knit cables in the wrong rows? If yes, add 2 more stitches (salvage stitches) to the pattern and follow it.

Lady 25th December 2018 at 20:28

Can you please explain better how to knit this with just 2 straight needles? Thank you so much!

Knitting Guru 27th December 2018 at 16:38

Hi. Cast on 2 exstra stitches (salvage stiches). Do you know how to knit ribbing part with 2 stright needles? Body part: Row 1 knit all sts, row 2 purl all sts, row 3 knit, row 4 purl, row 5 knit cables according to the pattern etc. Make all decreases according to the pattern as well. Sew 2 edges of the hat.

Sarah O 14th January 2019 at 03:09

Hi, will this hat fit a 10-11 year old girl? If not do you have any other cabled knitting patterns that would fit her?

Knitting Guru 14th January 2019 at 16:41

Hi. 10-11 years child already wears an adult size.
The difference might be only in hat’s length but i am sure even length is same. So You can knit any of my cable patterns

Sarah O’Guin 14th January 2019 at 15:33

Hi, will this hat fit a 10-11 year old girl? If not do you recommend any that will fit her head? Thank you!

Knitting Guru 14th January 2019 at 16:40

Hi. 10-11 years child already wears an adult size.
The difference might be only in hat’s length but i am sure even length is same. So You can knit any of my cable patterns

Claudette 25th February 2019 at 07:27

I am not getting this pattern. I am good until the cable rows ..
C4B and C4 F confuses me. Could you please explain these 2 rows in more details…I know to place needle with four stitches in back and front…knit 4 stitches and then knit those on front or back needles..But do you have to knit additional 4 stitches after completion of cable.
I am hoping someone can help by describing these two rows so I can attempt once more and be successful.
I have 4o stitches divided on 3 needles. Is that correct? Thanks for your help

Knitting Guru 6th March 2019 at 16:48

Hi, you are saying everything correctly. Yes after you finish knit cable you have to knit 4 more stitches. Please check my 2 short videos in Instagram, I am sure it will help you

Regarding 40 stitches I did not understand, but the total number of stitches after ribbing part have to be divisible by 12. Let me know if you have other questions. Ann

Anonymous 13th August 2019 at 17:54


deb 17th December 2019 at 21:40

If only you could print out this pattern! WHY NOT? I got around this issue by copying the text (and photos) and pasting it into “Text Edit” – then editing the information and reformatting so i could print it out – w/o the useless PDF ad information. Please, reconsider all your patterns to include an easy PRINT. Unfortunately my daughter picked your pattern(s) for hats she likes. If it were up to me, i’d choose another that is printer-friendly!

Knitting Guru 17th December 2019 at 22:10

Thank you for your feedback. You can always buy a PDF version without ads.

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Maria 6th September 2020 at 02:24

Hello! I am a beginner trying to make this hat and i find myself a bit confused. When it reaches the cable stage, how do we exactly go about it? For c4f: is it knit 4 dtiches, slip them onto a cable,keep cable at front of work, knit another 4 from the left hand needle, then knit the ones form the cable again? Or should it be just slip unknit sts onto the cable? Thanks!

Knitting Guru 6th September 2020 at 20:15

Hi Maria. Yes you have to slip them before, unknit as you said.

Eva 21st November 2020 at 20:32

Hello Ann
Thank you very much for generously sharing your lovely Sandy knitted hat pattern. It’s beautiful and I’m looking forward to making it.
I was wondering what procedure I might use if I’m using (5mm) circular needles because when I came to the “Body” part it just seems that Rows 2 – 9 should be knit rows (rather than knit one row, purl one row) because it doesn’t seem possible to purl Row 2 without it showing on the “right” side.
I have done the ribbing and the increases on the circulars and that worked out well but am baffled as to how to proceed to the Body section from there. I am assuming I just keep doing knit rows till I get to the cable row, do the cables and then keep knitting? Is this correct?
Hope this makes some sense?
Thank you in anticipation.
Warm regards, Eva

Knitting Guru 22nd November 2020 at 00:47

Hi Eva, Thanks for your question. If you are knitting in the round then yes, you are right you knit all rounds until the round where you will make cable twists. If you knit in rows ( back and forth) then you knit one round and purl another one and so on. But keep in mind that pattern is written to knit in round.

Holly 28th December 2020 at 20:49

Thanks for this fantastic pattern. My daughter is looking forward to this very much. I realized, sadly, that the yarn we purchased is actually super bulky rather than just bulky. Do you have any advice about reducing the stitch count? Thank you so much!

Knitting Guru 28th December 2020 at 21:30

Hi. You can cast on 44 sts and then add 4 sts. Or cast on 40 sts and add 8 sts. At the end you need to get the number of sts that is divisible by 12. Or you can recalculate a bit pattern and instead of C4B and C4F knit C3B and C3F with the total number of sts divisible by 9. You can also use smaller size knitting needles if you think the hat is too big.

Hailey 7th January 2021 at 16:38

Hi! I’m a beginner thinking about making this, would 6 weight yarn be too bulky? I was considering getting lion brand wool ease thick and quick but it looks bulkier than what you used.

Knitting Guru 7th January 2021 at 16:57

Hi, yes you can use it, it will look nice even it is super bulky But you have to correct the number of stitches then

Madie 17th February 2021 at 16:04

I PURCHASED this pattern and it is completely different from the one posted here!!! Also, bulky yarn with a size 4 needle is ridiculous!!

Knitting Guru 18th February 2021 at 13:38

I dont sell this pattern it is free always

Kailyn 26th February 2021 at 10:24

Hi, do you by any chance have a pdf I can use to print this pattern? Lovely design by the way!

Knitting Guru 26th February 2021 at 20:23

Hi, No I do not have it for this hat


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