Hat No. 5 by Kara McKinley

Hat No. 5

August 2012
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Cable Pattern
US 8 - 5.0 mm
100 - 150 yards (91 - 137 m)
Teen (Small Adult, Large Adult)
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

July 2019 Update: Please note I’m reworking and updating the pattern with a better layout and (hopefully) improved instructions. A new version will be available around August 1, 2019.

Hat No. 5 is (not-so-creatively) named Hat No. 5 because it was the 5th hat I made in 2012 while knitting hats for a great project run by my LYS Lovelyarns, the 500 Hats Project. Since I haven’t had any really great ideas for a better name yet, I’m leaving it as Hat No. 5.

I created a couple of fun, interesting, but not-too-difficult patterns while knitting hats last summer and fall, and this is one of four of those hat patterns that I offer for free. The other free patterns are the Twisted Trellis Hat, the Chevron Stripes Hat, and the Roosevelt Park Hat. My hope is that you’ll consider using these patterns when knitting hats for local causes, but of course, you can use these patterns to create hats for whomever or whatever you want. Happy knitting!
Skill level: Intermediate
Skills needed: knitting in the round, cabling, twisting stitches, and decreasing by SSK and Kt2og

Size: Teen (Small Adult, Large Adult)
Circumference: Stretches to fit 19 ¼” (22”, 27 ½”)
Height: 7 ½”, 8 ½”, 9 ½”


  • US 8 (5.0 mm) 16” circular and double-pointed needles, or size to obtain gauge

  • 100 (120, 150) yards worsted weight wool or wool blend yarn

  • Stitch Marker

  • Cable Needle (if needed)

  • Yarn needle

  • Scissors