Basic Cable Hat by Christine Quirion

Basic Cable Hat

November 2004
Aran (8 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in 2x2 rib, on larger needles
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
176 - 760 yards (161 - 695 m)
Finished circumference: 21½"
low vision format available
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Pattern description from Stitch ‘N Bitch Nation: “In the dead of winter, I had trekked north from Boston to Vermont, armed with a cable needle and some really wonderful yarn. Mittens were the original plan, but things weren’t working out. My inner Girl Scout encouraged me to be experimental and try something else with my circular needles. I’d seen a few smartly cabled hats on the morning T train, and I thought I might be able to come up with a design of my own. I wanted a hat that would fit me snugly, without riding up my hair to the top of my head or stretching out to the size of a purse. Even on my very round head, this hat has stayed true to its shape, thanks to the cables and ribbing. The pattern is very versatile and with a change of colors looks great on both sexes.”

Size Finished circumference: 21½“

Special Skill: Cables


  • Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted (85% wool, 15% mohair; 113g/190yds)
  • A: 1 skein #M69 Old Sage
  • B: 1 skein #M105 RPM Pink
  • C: 1 skein #M155 Lemon Drop
  • D: 1 skein #M110 Orange You Glad BLACK LICORICE HAT
  • Brown Sheep Prairie Silk (72% wool, 18% mohair, 10% silk; 50g/88yds), 2 skeins #PS150 Obsidian
  • US 7 (4.5mm) 16” circular needle
  • US 8 (5mm) 16” circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • US 8 (5mm) double-pointed needles (set of 4)
  • Cable needle
  • 1 stitch marker
  • Jellybean hat only: 3” pom-pom maker or template

Low Vision: This book is available from the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled in a digital audio format.