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Crème Brûlée Cable Knit Hat Pattern (Straight Needles)

creme brulee chunky knit cable on straight needles

creme brulee cable hat knitted on straight needles

Today on the knit menu is a super sweet cable hat 🙂 Crème Brûlée hat can be made with two straight needles and seamed up at the end. This hat is knitted in rows to make things easier for folks who aren’t fans of knitting in the round. Here you go my friends, enjoy knitting this hat!

Knitting materials and knitting tools:

<> Straight needles, size 5 mm (US 8/UK 6)

<> Loch Oirbsen (bulky) – 100% pure wool.

Ribbed bubble knitting hat size:

Adult/Adult Plus: 53-58 cm

Gauge: 14-15 stitches in = 4 inches in stockinette

Common abbreviations of knitting stitches:

k – knit

p – purl

inc – increase: knit one stitch below.

k2tog – knit two together

skpo – Slip, Knit, Pass Over: Slip one stitch to the right needle knitwise, knit in the next stitch and drop this stitch off the left needle, insert the left needle into the slipped stitch, pass it over the knit stitch and it’s done.

C3F – Cable 3 Front: Slip 3 knit stitches to the extra needle and hold in front of work, k3 from the left-hand needle, k3 from the extra needle.

C2F – Cable 2 Front: Slip 2 knit stitches to the extra needle and hold in front of work, k2 from the left-hand needle, k2 from the extra needle.

sel s – selvage stitch: always slip the first stitch purlwise, work to the last stitch, purl the last stitch.

Note for knitters:

<> Each Row has a selvage stitch.

creme brulee cable hat with brim on straight needles

Crème Brûlée cable hat knit pattern:

Ribbing of the hat

Using long tail method cast on 70 stitches.

Row 1: sel s, k1, p2 [k2, p2] – repeat till the end of row, k1, sel s, turn.

Row 2: sel s, p1, k2 [p2, k2] – repeat till the end of row, p1, sel s, turn.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 14 cm if you want a folded brim.

Body part of the hat:

In the next row we need to add 7 sts. I suggest distributing stitches evenly by placing stitch markers every 10 sts and add 1 stitch in the middle. Check video tutorial for visual clues.

Row 1: sel s, k1, p2, k1, inc, k1,p2, k2 – p2, k1, inc, k1, p2, k2 p2 – k2, p2, inc, k1, k1, p2, k2 – p2, k1, inc, k1, p2, k2, p2 – k2, p2, inc, k1, k1, p2, k2 – p2, k2, p2, inc, k1, k1, p2 – .k2, p2, inc, k1, k1, p2, k1, sel s. (77 stitches)

Row 2: sel s, k2, p3, k6, p3, [k3, p3, k6, p3] – repeat four times, k1, sel s.

Row 3: sel s, p1, [k3, p6, k3, p3] – repeat 4 times, k3, p6, k3, p2, sel s.

Row 4: Repeat Row 2.

Row 5: Repeat Row 3.

Row 6: Repeat Row 2.

Row 7: Repeat Row 3.

Row 8: sel s, k2, p3, C3F, p3, [k3, p3, C3F, p3] – repeat four times, k1, sel s.

Row 9: sel s, p1, [k3, p6, k3, p3] – repeat 4 times, k3, p6, k3, p2, sel s.

Row 10: sel s, k2, p3, k6, p3, [k3, p3, k6, p3] – repeat four times, k1, sel s.

Row 11: Repeat Row 9.

Row 12: Repeat Row 10.

Row 13: Repeat Row 9.

Row 14: Repeat Row 10.

Row 15: Repeat Row 9.

Row 16: Repeat Row 8.

Repeat rows 9-16 one more time, after that repeat rows 9-13. At this stage your hat’s length should be about 25 cm.

Shaping crown of the hat:

Row 1: sel s, k2, p3, skpo, k2, k2tog, p3, [k3, p3, skpo, k2, k2tog, p3] – repeat four times, k1, sel s.

Row 2: sel s, p1, [k3, p4, k3, p3] – repeat 4 times, k3, p4, k3, p2, sel s.

Row 3: sel s, k2, p2tog, p1, C2F, p1, p2tog, [k3, p2tog, p1, C2F, p1, p2tog] – repeat four, k1, sel s.

Row 4: sel s, p1, [k2, p4, k2, p3] – repeat 4 times, k2, p4, k2, p2, sel s.

Row 5: sel s, k2, p2tog, k1, skpo, k1, p2tog, [k3, p2tog, k1, skpo, k1, p2tog] – repeat four, k1, sel s.

Row 6: sel s, p1, [k1, p3, k1, p3] – repeat 4 times, k2, p3, k1, p2, sel s.

Row 7: sel s, [k2tog] – repeat till the end of row, sel s.

Row 8: sel s, purl all stitches, sel s.

Cut the yarn leaving long tail. To seam up the hat I am going to use a Mattress Stitch. Thread the tail with a large yarn needle. Pull the tail through remaining 22 stitches. Now line up two sides by pinching them together with right side facing out. Use stitch markers to help yourself. Make sure you have found first stitch on each side otherwise you may end up with lopsided seam.

Insert your needle underneath the two bars between sel s and next knit stitch on the right side and draw yarn through, after that insert the needle underneath the two bars between sel s and next knit stitch on the left side and draw the yarn through again. Go on seaming up picking up bars on the right and on the left sides until you reach a ribbing part. To stitch up ribbing on the right side you need to pull the tail on the wrong side of the hat and continue seaming up as for the body part. Fold a brim. Weave in ends. Attach pom pom.

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Caroline 10th March 2021 at 13:07

beautiful hat. I notice when you knit you are knitting through the back of the loop. I continental knit as you do. Usually a pattern will specify if you are to knit through the back loop. should it be normal knit or back loop? thank you in advance.

Knitting Guru 13th March 2021 at 08:57

it is just a normal knit stitch, knit it as you did before. At the end you will get the same result – a beautiful hat 🙂

Evy 13th September 2021 at 14:48

Hi there,

I have just got the the body part but am a little confused s row 8 (where you cable), isn’t repeated and there is not cabling for the rest of the body? I’m a little confused as to how it will appear as to me it seems it will be ribbed at the end?

Knitting Guru 13th September 2021 at 22:25

Hi Evy. Check Row 16. It is written Repeat Row 8. Let me know if it is still unclear

Cheryl Myers 18th September 2021 at 11:00

I love the Creme Brulee hat. I would like to make the hat with worsted weight yarn. How many stitches would you cast on with worsted weight yarn?

Knitting Guru 19th September 2021 at 08:55

Hi. It can be up to 100 sts. DEpends on your gauge. Just to know finial number has to be divisible by 15 plus 2 selvage sts.

Anna Maguregui 11th November 2021 at 23:11

Looks lovely. How many stitches do I caast on for a man size hat please?

Knitting Guru 12th November 2021 at 11:08

hi, thank you. To make a bigger size you can increase the number or purl stitches between cables, you can also increase the cable instead of 6 sts make 8. The last but not least option is to add one more cable.

Patricia Roehl 4th January 2022 at 15:45

I I want to use DK weight yarn, how many stitches would I cast on? My swatch measures 2″ = 11 st
What do you mean by final number divisible by 15 plus 2 selvage sts. Is the final number after the increase? So would Icast on 100 and increase to a number divisible by 15, like 105 + 2 =107? Sorry I’m confused!

Knitting Guru 4th January 2022 at 18:10

Hi, you are right, after increases the number of stitches has to be divisible by 15 + 2 sel s. You are right 107 is a perfect number

Patricia Roehl 7th January 2022 at 14:11

Thank you so much!

Knitting Guru 7th January 2022 at 23:33

Good luck!

ANGELA JENNINGS 13th January 2022 at 11:49

I want to knit this in the round. Do you have a pattern for circular needles?

Knitting Guru 28th January 2022 at 22:59

I am already working on it, please stay tuned

Jo Ann 17th January 2022 at 10:18

How much bulky yarn do I need – weight – yards?

Knitting Guru 28th January 2022 at 22:54

100-120 grams depends on the size you are doing. Normally 100 grams is enough (105 max)

Shobha Vijayakar 18th January 2022 at 03:44

I have taken 140 stitches. How many stitches should I increase.7 or 14?

Knitting Guru 28th January 2022 at 22:59

Hi. The total number of stitches after increases has to be divisible by 15 + 2 sel s. 152 sts in your case

Karan Roberts 26th January 2022 at 07:37

Love this pattern! I like knitting in the round, would you include instructions for that?

Knitting Guru 27th January 2022 at 21:50

yes I will do it soon. I have got many requests for this hat already

Shelly 11th March 2022 at 06:22

Thank you for the beautiful pattern. I’m new to knitting but the first hat came out perfect. I’m making one larger but a little confused on where to start row 1 when doing increases when doing the repeat. Do I start with salvage st again or skip salvage st and knit 1. 🧶ty Shelly

Knitting Guru 13th March 2022 at 00:56

Hi Shelly. You do not knit Row 1 when you start doing repeat. Start all repeats from Row 9. Yes you always start with sel s.

Marcia Loftin 28th April 2024 at 17:17

I learned to knit at my grandmothers knee when I was 8 years old, I will be 86 in May and I love the circular needles, I hardly ever pull out the straight needles. I can go back and forth on circulars and not be afraid of dropping a needle. I am knitting hats for the needy in my spare time for this next winter. Love to knit, never got the hang of crocheting!

Cathy 5th July 2022 at 22:45

This pattern looks beautiful. What ply wool is used?

Knitting Guru 9th July 2022 at 22:32

Hi, I knit it was only bulky yarn (5), I am not sure about ply

Tanju 21st August 2022 at 10:43

I just made this hat and it only took me 3 days 😀 I was literally hooked. Came out quite small though, but it fits my daughter (4) perfectly. Thanks so much for the instructions and pattern! Love it 😀

Ann 21st August 2022 at 23:19

Happy to hear Tanju. Thank you for your feedback!

Diane Phelon 26th August 2022 at 07:03

I am kinda new to knitting. Don’t know what the Sel s. is used for? Do I need to use it? Thanks

Ann 27th August 2022 at 00:57

Hi. You will need them when you are going to make a seam

Kj 4th November 2022 at 09:45

My gauge is measuring at 3.5” not 4”. I’m using medium (4) weighted yarn and not bulky. Can I still make this hat or do I need to get bulky yarn? Should I just plan on knitting an extra cable to make sure it fits?


Ann 6th November 2022 at 18:36

Hi. Yes I would definitely add extra cable and purl stitches in between

Sushilla 20th August 2023 at 10:44

Your Creme Brulee hat is so strikingly beautiful . Thank you very much for the instructions. I have made two for my grandchildren.

CH Knitting 22nd August 2023 at 10:56

Hi Sushilla, I’m so happy you liked the Creme Brulee hat pattern and knitted it for your grandkids. Your appreciation is the very rewarding. Thank you very much for supporting me!


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