Winter cable knit hat pattern

White cable knit hat for winter with silver fox fur pom pom

Green cable knit hat for winter with dark green raccoon fur pom pom

Gorgeous Cable Knit Hat Pattern

Coldness is knocking to the door and now is the right time to start preparing for the winter. Since knitting a warm jacket or a nice sweater is way too complicated and time-consuming, I decided to create an adorable cable knit hat pattern that would have a cool fur pom-pom and pass well to any jacket or coat. Interested? Then check the material that is needed below, choose your preferred color of the yarn, sit in a comfortable armchair and start crafting your hat. Check out also baby and child versions of the knit hat pattern with earflaps.  

Knitting materials and knitting tools:

5 Double Pointed Knitting Needles  3.5 mm. Feel free to use circular needles as well;

Alpacana Lanoso 35% wool, 40% acrylic, 25% alpaca of any attractive color. (In total I used 1.2 skeins)

Cable knit hat size:

Adult: 52-54 cm

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 for back knitting stitch - step #1

Cable for back knitting stitch - step #2

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.

Ribbing of the cable knit hat:

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.

Finished ribbing of the cable knit hat - side view

Finished ribbing of the cable knit hat - top view

Last round of the cable knit hat ribbing

Body of the winter cable knit hat:

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.

Increasing from the previous round (knitting technique) - step #1

Increasing from the previous round (knitting technique) - step #2

Knitting the body of the cable hat - step#1

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.

Knitting the body of the cable hat - step#2

Knitting the body of the cable hat - step#3

Knitting the body of the cable hat - step#4

Half-knit cable hat with lenth of the body of 18 cm

Repeat Rounds 2-13 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 fur pom poms you can find in our shop section.

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

full length of the cable knit hat before finishing the top part

top hole of the cable knit hat

using hook to pull tight and close the hole of cable knit hat

black raccoon fur pom pom for cable knit hat

plastic fixture of the raccoon fur pom pom

green cable knit hat with dark green raccoon fur pom pom

green cable knit hat with dark green raccoon fur pom pom - side view

223 thoughts on “Winter cable knit hat pattern
  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.

    • Barbara

      How do you down load this pattern ? I also went to Ravelry still can’t download it

      • Knitting Guru

        hi. there is no version for downloading, sorry

  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)

    • Marina

      Can I use worsted weight yarn

      • Knitting Guru

        yes, sure you can

  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.

      • Amanda

        I have 96 stitches, but have worked the increase twice, and both times end up with 214 stitches….

        • editor

          Hi Amanda. You are definitely doing something wrong. You should increase every 4 stitches. 96/4=24 stitches to add. At the end you will have 96+24 = 120 stitches in total. Please let me know if you still have any questions I will be more than happy to help.

        • Sandra

          Happened to me too. I was knitting on dpns. I *made two stitches from one loop, then knitted 3, repeated from * to the end of round. So I had 30 stitches on each dpn. 30×4(dpns)=120

  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. jackjovi56https://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,

    • Linda Melbourne

      I am having the same problem with the C4F and C4B rows it is so tight I can hardly do it and I am not a tight knitter . Is there a solution?

  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 🙂

  52. Sarah

    I would love to make this for a friend and a matching one for her 12 month old daughter. Do you offer the paytern in child size(s)?
    Thank you.

  53. Louise

    Hi, I love this hat and I´d really like to try but I would rather knit with 2 needles – is there an adapted pattern? thanks!

    • editor

      Hi Louise, I will try to write this pattern for 2 needles. Thanks for a good idea!

      • Josie

        Have you posted the 2 needle pattern yet?

        • Knitting Guru

          Hi. No i didn’t but I can explain how to do it if you need it

  54. gail

    I would like very much to knit some of your patterns (especially your winter cable hat ) but DO NOT want to print all the LETTERS AND THOUGHTS AT THE END. HOW CAN I GET PATTERN ONLY. .??? Thank you!

    • editor

      Hello Gail, unfortunately you can read all my patterns from this site only.

  55. Katia

    I would like to make this hat for my 8 year old daughter. Her head circumference is 54cm. What would be the suggested amount of cast on stitches? and then what would I increase to? Thank you!

    • editor

      Hi Katia. Just take 4-4.5 cm knitting needles and follow the pattern. You dont need to change anything in this case and take similar bulky yarn.

      • Katia

        Thank you! Did you mean 4 or 4.5 mm (not cm)? And would that be US size 6 or 7? If so, I can will try that, thank you!

        • editor

          yeah I meant mm 🙂 you are right US 6 or 7. Let me know if it worked well. Good luck!

  56. Trudie Thompson

    I have a big head! Please can you advise how I can make the hat bigger please?

  57. Trudie

    I’ve just measured my head and it is a whopping 59cm!!!! How could I adjust the pattern please as I would really like to make it?

    Many thanks for any help you are able to give.

    • editor

      Hello Trudie, I would suggest you to take bulky or super bulky yarn and US knitting needles in size 6 or 7 for ribbing part and 8, 9 or 10 for the main part. Dont change anything and follow the pattern. Of course everything depends on how tight you knit. I did the same hat for my mam (58 cm) and it suited well. Let me know if it worked or we can slightly rewrite the pattern specially for you. Have a good day, Ann.

      • Trudie

        Ooh thank you! I’ll give it a go!

  58. Betty Lou

    I could not get yarn you used so got another with same characteristics. Gauge does not seem right for bulky yarn. Need to use size 10 needles to get gauge with the bulky yarn I bought (Katie from Peru). Will I have to alter pattern for Winter Cable Hat or similar Sandy Winter Cable Hat?

    • Crazy Hands Knitting Editor

      Hi Betty. Your gauge may differ from mine. Use size 10 needles if it gives more or less the same gauge as in the pattern. Follow the pattern and dont change anything.

  59. Michelle Forbes

    Hi your patterns are just beautiful. On looking at your photos your rib appears to be other than standard K2 P2 are you knitting into the backs of your stitches ? Also could these hats be made up in Double Knitting weight yarn (uk)? and if so what guage would you suggest for 3.5 mm needles.

    Thank you so much for sharing these gorgeous Hats and Mitts.

    Michelle (UK).

    • Crazy Hands Knitting Editor

      Hi Michelle. Thank you for your comment and questions. Usually I knit into the fronts of the stitches, but exactly this hat’s rib I knit into the backs. It is just a matter of taste, so choose any method you like. Regarding DK weight yarn I would recommend to knit in 2 strands of yarn to get more or less the same gauge as in the pattern. Otherwise, I don’t know what will be the right gauge for 3.5 mm needles as I have never done Winter cable hat using DK yarns. Moreover, I afraid you will need to change the pattern a bit. Let me know if I could help you. Ann

  60. Micheline

    Thé patron it’s english, do you have a french patron?

    • Crazy Hands Knitting Editor

      Sorry Micheline, I dont speak any french

  61. nikki

    hiya ive just made the hat it looks brilliant not showing off mind, i used Arron wool with size 3 3/4 needles (English) the only problem is its a tiny bit small my tension is fine, i could do with the rib being about another inch bigger how many stitches would i need to cast on plus i will use size 4 needles to see if its abit better my head measures 58cm look forward to hearing from you nikki

    • Crazy Hands Knitting Editor

      Hi Nikki. Could you please write characteristics of Arron wool – how many grams and meters in one skein? If you use almost the same yarn as I am then you dont need to change pattern just use 4-4.5 mm for ribbing part and 5mm for the body part.

  62. Kelly

    This is a beautiful hat that I hope I can do justice to. I was hoping I could use the 4.5mm circular needles that I have and after searching, the best yarn of the colour I wanted, turned out to be a Bulky (5) Patons Classic Wool 100% pure new wool, BUT I just realized it is Roving…will that work? I can exchange if not. There is approx. 120 yards/109m, is that enough? I also, I wanted your thoughts on it having a cuff…I look horrible in hats but find a cuff takes away from the hat looking so snug on my head and long face. I was thinking of just making the ribbing 9-10cm instead of the 5-6cm so I could fold it up. What do you think? Thanks in advance.

    • Crazy Hands Knitting Editor

      Hello kelly, yeah you can make longer ribbing part I am sure it will be perfect. Check this pattern where I am showing how to make folded brim, who knows maybe you like my variant. Roving? I think it will be even better but I afraid if you use 4.5 mm knitting needles for Patons Classic Wool you might finish with a bigger hat’s size. Cast on about 76-80 stitches for the ribbing part and if it works increase after till 108 stitches. Please let me know if I helped.

      • Kelly

        Yes I like your folded brim idea to give it more of a flat fold…funny I saw that on a hat in the store the other day and thought “smart idea”. I think I will take the easy route (newbie) and go and get some 3.5mm circ needles so I can just stick to your pattern!

  63. Kelly

    Hi wondering if my last message went through.

  64. Kathy

    Your hats are beautiful! Question on the needles…the size used for this pattern is 3.5mm, but the Sandy Cable is US 6. The same yarn is used. I just knitted up to the first cable and had to stop because it is too small. I even tried again with looser tension. I am using 2 strands of Lion Brand Wool Ease which has the same gauge with the smaller needles as the wool used in this pattern. I suppose I should use US 6.

    • Crazy Hands Knitting Editor

      Yes, please, use then larger knitting needles and don change the pattern. The pattern of Sandy Cable is a bit different that is why I suggested using US 6.

      • Kathy

        Thank you! I love the designs here and am committed to keep trying.

  65. Carol

    How much does a skein weigh in grams?

    • Crazy Hands Knitting Editor

      6-7 wraps per inch that corresponds to bulky yarn, 100 grams-130 meters

  66. Bonnie

    I have two questions when you start decreasing the hat, how many stitches remain after the first round? Also how many stitches after finishing round seven?

    • Crazy Hands Knitting Editor

      After first decreasing round – 100 stitches, after 7th – 90 stitches. Hope it will help you.

  67. Ettamae Jones

    Hi i really love all your cable hat patterns. My problem is increasing to get the 120 stitches. I’m a beginners who is trying cable for the first time. Do I increase in the first stitch and then knit 4and after the 4th knit stitch increasein the 5th stitch?

  68. Ettamae Jones

    Thank you so much for your instant response. I live all of your cable hat patterns. I live in the Bahamas not any classes available so i depend solely on the internet for instructions. Thanks again.

  69. Karen

    I want to make this for a newborn..Baby shower coming up Feb 10…How many would i cast on for a newborn..Baby due in May..But would like for the baby to be able to wear in the following winter…Do you have a size chart>…Thank you…Love all your patterns

    • Crazy Hands Knitting Editor

      Hi Karen. Please check this link for a baby size. If you use smaller needles you can receive even smaller size. Everything depends on your gauge. Size chart with head circumference you can find easily in the internet. Thanks for you kind feedback and wish you luck 🙂

  70. Karen

    Thank you…I will check it out…She will love her gift…beautiful patterns…

  71. Amy

    Hey ! I’ve made a french translation of your beanie for my mom do you want it ?

    • Crazy Hands Knitting Editor

      Hi, that is great.
      Would be nice if we share it with others. Do you have Ravelry page? We can also post it on FB.

  72. Barbara

    boy ! you are a patient person answering all those repeat ques. lol for half of them you can ans. see above comment . heh . Gd. Jesus bless you my dear. i will try this hat you are a blessing to offer it for free . may He make his face shine upon you . Shalom from Winnipeg Canada . we get – 50 celcius with wind sometim es so a tight fabric would be good . what size are you fake pom poms ? i bought some from hershners or somewhere on sale and they are not big like i like them . thx again . boy people should be thankful of you !!!

    • CH Knitting

      Hi Barbara,

      It’s a pleasure for me to share my patterns and I truly appreciate such an awesome feedback. Our faux fur pom poms are ranging in size between 14cm and 16cm depending on the color. Take a look at our shop and you will definitely find a pom that meets your expectations.


  73. Amber

    I am sorry if this has already been answered but this is my first attempt knitting cables and I think I am doing it wrong!! Is the pattern multiples of 12 or multiples of 8? I have started in multiples of 8 but have just realised that maybe I misinterpreted the pattern.

    • Crazy Hands Knitting Editor

      Hi Amber, after ribbing part (main body) pattern is multiple of 12. Ribbing part (2*2) is multiple of 4. Hope it helps! Ann

      • Amber

        Very much thank you. It was so tight to knit and had huge holes so I figured I was doing something wrong! ?

  74. Diane

    I am planning to make these hats in gradient colors for my local hospital to give to the children who are patients there. I’m going to try to reduce the pattern to make baby hats. Thanks …. the cables look so soft, I’ll most likely include cancer patients who are going through chemo.

    • Crazy Hands Knitting Editor

      Diane, may God bless you. Let me know if you need my support, I will be happy to help you with knit hat pattern adjustment.

  75. Kathy S.

    Hi Ann
    Thx for publishing this pattern.
    I just worked the increase round and came up 5 stitches short. Your directions say to knit I increase then knit 4, then repeat. I took that to mean the increase would be on every 5th stitch.
    Rather than frog this last row (my yarn choice is very ‘fuzzy’,) I will increase another 5 evenly spaced stitches in the next round.

    • Crazy Hands Knitting Editor

      Hello Kathy, I see what you are doing wrong. Please check this small video how to increase from the previous round In your case you increase and then knit first stitch, then you knit next 3 stitches and repeat again. You have 1 increase every 4 stitches.

      But don’t worry you can add 5 stitches you lack in the next round as you wanted.


      • Kathy S

        Thx Ann for your quick reply.. I’ll look u up on Facebook and post a pic of my hat 🙂

  76. crochetknitfan

    Hi I was wondering if you can help me understand this patterns round 1 after the cast on 96 sts

    It’s the first round with the increase .It’s the knit one st from previous round,4k,repeat from the knit one?you are suppose to get 120 sts after this round but how does a person get the 120 sts? also what does 4k mean does it mean knit 4 or increase 4?

    I tried to add a bunch of numbers together but can’t get 120 sts

    • Crazy Hands Knitting Editor

      Hi there,

      – You should increase every 4 stitches. 96/4=24 stitches to add. At the end you will have 96+24 = 120 stitches in total. Please let me know if you still have any questions I will be more than happy to help;
      – 4k means knit 4 stitches;
      – Check also my Youtube video of how to increase from the previous round

  77. Rachelle

    Hi Ann, I’m interested in buying a pom pom like the one on the white hat. Is it the black and white silver fox fur pom pom in your shop in 15-16cm? Do you have more in stock? Is the size the diameter of the pom pom or the circumference? Would a 17-18cm look too big for this hat?

    • CH Knitting

      Hi Rachel, yes, the pom you see on the hat is made of silver fox fur (white & black in the store). We don’t have 15-16 cm size at the moment, but we have a bunch of 17-18 cm. The size is specified for diameter, not circumference, and measured by the last fur hair. If you’re making a hat for a child, then I’d recommend buying 13-14cm, for adults – 17-18 cm is going to look gorgeous.

  78. crochetknitfan

    Hi.I was wondering how would a person do the gauge on the cable part on raverly for this pattern ?What rows do you repeat for the cable pattern?What is the cable pattern in the pattern?

    • Crazy Hands Knitting Editor

      Hi, I dont have a cable gauge. Most important is to use yarn with length 120-130 meters in 100 grams. For the cable part you repeat Rounds 2-13 twice or 3 times depends on the hat’s length. The cable pattern changes from Round to Round, once it is *С4В, 4k and other time it is 4k, C4F.

  79. Crochetknitfan

    Hi.I was wondering if you could please help me understand this.
    The c4b has 8 sets and round 7 the beginning for c4b ,4k but if you repeat this on one needle which has 30 sets each needles you cannot to c4b,4 k on the last repeat because you don’t have enough sets on one dpn?
    What do you get st numbers wise on last last repeat on one dpn in the cable part?
    Thanks .

    • Crazy Hands Knitting Editor

      Hi. You don’t need to count sts on 1 dpn. When you knit c4b you take 4 sts from 1 dpn and another 4 sts from another dpn. Knit till the end of the round and you will see that you have enough stitches. I hope it is clear now. 🙂

  80. Crochetknitfan

    Hi.oops I meant sts not sets.

  81. jasmina

    Thank you very much for this pattern
    I am realy delighted
    As soon as possible I m going to make a hat like this
    wish you all the best, and thank you for existing

  82. crochetknitfan

    Hi.Thanks for the amazing help.One more question on rnd 7 the beginning of c4b.4k.Do you use 30 sts on each needles for the rnd or do you have to adjust the sts for the repeats so that they are the same order Like needle 1 24 sts 2 repeats of pattern ?

  83. crochetknitfan

    Hi Ann.I was wondering what this means when it says keep repeating 13-15 rounds until ribbing measures 5-6 cm from the edge. What does ribbing measures 5-6 cm from edge mean Does it mean measure across the cuff of the hat or up and down?

    • Crazy Hands Knitting Editor

      Hi, It means up to down

  84. Sarah

    Hi, I’m new to cables and love your pattern. I’m having trouble understanding the beginning of the round when cables start on that stitch, like in round 7, C4B. Does the last stitch slipped on to the cable needle (right most stitch), still remain the first stitch of the round, when four stitches are then knit before it (in front of it from the left hand needle)? Does the beginning of the round change because of this crossing? I’m not sure if my question makes sense, but I want to make sure my cables align as they should in your pattern. Thank you.

    • Crazy Hands Knitting Editor

      Hi Sarah, sorry for my late respond. Yes. the beginning of the round has changed. Firstly, you knit 4 stitches from the left needle, then 4 stitches from the extra needle and then again knit 4 stitches – C4B, k4. Let me know if it is still unclear.

  85. TRACEY

    thank you for your tutorial….and my hat turn up so beautiful by following step by step.

  86. Julie

    Hi, this a beautiful hat and I would like to make it for my adult granddaughter. If I use two strands of size four medium and a size 4mm needle (I knit tight) would that come out close to pattern size for adult. I am still learning and don’t understand all the math yet ha ha. Thanks for your help

    • Knitting Guru

      Hi Julie. Yes try. It should work. You can also try after 4.5 mm needles if you really knit tight

  87. Julie

    Thanks for responding would the pattern work with one strand of worsted yarn and 4.5 needles ? Would I use the same number of stitches?

    • Knitting Guru

      Hi. Yes try but I can not guarantee 100% as i dont know your gauge. Could you tell me how many meters in your yarn skein and its weight?

  88. Julie

    Hi, it’s 156m and it’s 4-medium. Thank you!

  89. Julie

    Hi, it’s 156m and it’s 4-medium. Thank you! I tried a gauge test I casted on 13 stitches and knit garter stitch for 6 rows, it measured 3 “ across. I appreciate your time.

    • Knitting Guru

      Hi. 13 stitches -3 inches, It should be perfect. Try and let me know. You can also use a bit smaller needles for the ribbing part. But it is up to you.

  90. Julie

    Thank you so much. Here goes!

  91. Julie

    I am having trouble with row 13. I followed the directions on the abbreviations. “Slip 4 onto extra needle knit next 4, etc. That made the hat come out wrong. So I re read the pattern says to knit 4 then slip4 , etc. However at the end of the row the last 4 stitches end up being knit so I have 8 knit stitches without a tunnel. What am I doing wrong. Thank you

    • Knitting Guru

      Hi Julie. Right you k4 and then C4F cable. At the end of the round you will have a cable but not a simple ķ4. If you knit Round 7 correctly then you can knit 13th as well. Check the pattern one more time and let me know if you manage to do it. Good luck

  92. Jean

    I would love to make this for someone for Christmas – do you have a printable pdf of the pattern available? Thank you 🙂

    • Knitting Guru

      Sorry Jean I dont have

  93. KG

    I tried your pattern using a 4.5mm circular needle and a Paton’s Classic Wool Roving (100% wool). The ribbing was fine (I only casted on 80 stitches so it wouldn’t be too big), but I can’t do the cabling without cursing because it is sooooo tight. I think I want to start over again anyway because I had to buy a new winter coat and want it to match so, it I go down to a 3.5mm circular needle and just want to just an acrylic yarn, will it work so I can actually do the cabling? Any idea what happen with my first try?

    • Knitting Guru

      Hi. I dont think if you change yarn your tension will be better. I have got many questions about cabling but still can not figure out why people get some problems with it. Please check my Marshmallow hat when I use C10B and C10F instead of C4B and C4F. Down in the comments I explain to Jackie how she can knit C10F and C10B without cursing as you said. The idea is the same for C4B and C4F. Please read it and let me know if you understand it. I will try to help you again. Do not change wool to acrylic if you want to wear your hat during the winter

  94. Kelly

    Would using a 3.5mm as you originally suggest work better? Is the wool I am using comparable to what you used? My yarn definitely looks fluffier. I understand the wider cabling C10B and C10F, maybe that would give me more room to work…I just really like the look of this one.

    • Knitting Guru

      You are right. Your yarn is heavier a bit. You said you casted on 80 sts with 4,5 mm needles. Go on then. After ribbing part you can increase till 96sts and if you feel that you knit too tight i would suggest to take 5 mm needles or even 5.5 mm. Let me know how it worked

    • Knitting Guru

      I meant 5 mm after ribbing part.Just to clarify

  95. Julie

    Hi, it’s Julie again. I have started the hat three different times. I finally think I understand the pattern. My problem is that my cables don’t look like your hat. Am I reading the pattern wrong, starting with row 2-6 stockinette and then row C4B, 4 k, then rows 8-12 stockinet, Row 13 4k, C4F to end of round, I end up with C4B so I move marker over and 4k then do the C4B from next round. Then I start over with row 2 and repeat it over again, but my hat doesn’t look like the cables on your hat. Am I reading this wrong. My hat starts to look like yours the first rows 2-13, but when starting the second round of row 2 again my cable looks different, then round 3 looks like the first round of 2-13. I am writing my rows down as I go and I feel like I am following the pattern correctly. I hope you can guide me not being able to see what is happening. Thanks!

    • Knitting Guru

      Hi. Does your body part is multiple of 12? Each round you have cable and k4 or ķ4 and cable that in total 12 stitches. Mb it is better you send me pic of your knit hat?

  96. Julie

    I have 144 stitches, I believe that is a multiple of 12. I will be happy to take a picture but where do I send it to? Thanks for your time and patience.

  97. Julie

    Where can I send the picture.

    • Knitting Guru

      I have sent you a letter

  98. Julie

    Thank you I sent the picture.

  99. KG

    Hello again, I too will be starting your hat again…I don’t know why, but I was using a (5) bulky yarn instead of a (4) medium, so that may be why my cables were so ridiculously tight…I am hoping that is why anyway! Question, you show the two pictures of the hat, one with the ribbing folded up. Is the hat slouchy when you don’t fold up the ribbed portion? I ask because I find a folded up brim looks better on me but I want to make sure it will be big enough and not too high up on my forehead…if that makes sense. Just want to know if I should be doubling the ribbing to fold it up on itself. Thanks.

    • Knitting Guru

      Hi. Yeah double it. Knit instead of 5-6cm about 13-14cm.

  100. jen

    Hi.I was wondering what i am doing wrong because i keep getting ladders when i do the first c4b and also,the slipping the sts to the cables and going back to knit from the cable needle because of the wide spaces?

    Anyone had that happen to them or am i the only one ?

    • Knitting Guru

      Hi. Can you send me a picture?

  101. Chantal Soleil

    Where can I have this pattern in french? thank you

    • Knitting Guru

      Hi. Sorry i don’t speak french but you can translate main abbreviations into french and try to knit

  102. Kelly

    So my cabling is not looking correct and I went over it again and again, looked at tutorials online, read all the above comments where you have guided others…do you have an email address that I can send you a picture?

    • Knitting Guru

      yes, sent you a letter

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