Simple Cable Hat by Miles Riley

Simple Cable Hat

October 2015
DK (11 wpi) ?
12 stitches and 14 rows = 2 inches
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
140 - 200 yards (128 - 183 m)
Adult Small, Medium, and Large
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This hat is knit from the bottom up on double pointed needles, with a 12 stitch pattern repeat. Suitable for a beginning cabler looking for a simple first project, or a more advanced knitter looking for something that knits up quick.

This is my first attempt at writing a pattern, so feedback is very much appreciated.


One set of double pointed needles for the main body of the hat (I used US #7’s, use whatever you’re comfortable with and gives you a gauge you’re happy with)

One set of slightly smaller double pointed needles for the ribbing at the brim and finishing the decreasing on top (I used a US #5, but it doesn’t matter too much what size you use as long as they’re a little smaller)

One significantly larger needle for casting on (I used a US #10.5, alternately you could use two of your double pointed needles held together)


I used Jo Sharp Classic DK Wool for this project but any DK weight should be fine, if you have sensitive skin you would probably want to go with something much softer than regular 100% wool. You might be able to just squeak by with one ball of yarn for the small, but I’d recommend two to be on the safe side and for the larger sizes.


I would recommend knitting a test swatch of one pattern repeat with at least a little extra fabric on each side. The 12 stitch pattern segment should measure about 1 ½ inches across unstretched, and about 2 inches gently stretched to get the hat sizes Small (20 inch), Medium (22 inch), and Large (24 inch). With that said, this is a “one size fits most” type of pattern so chances are you’ll be all right if you’d prefer to just start right in.