Traveling Cable Hat by Purl Soho
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Traveling Cable Hat

September 2014
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
8.5 stitches and 4 rows = 1 inch
in cable stitch pattern
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
109 - 218 yards (100 - 199 m)
Baby + Adult
This pattern is available for free.


  • 1 (2) skein(s) of Purl Soho’s Alpaca Pure, 100% alpaca. I used the color Heirloom White for the Baby Hat and Artemisia for the Adult Hat.
  • A US #5, 20-inch circular needle
  • A US #6, 20-inch circular needle
  • A set of US #6 double pointed needles


  • Ribbing: 22 stitches = 3 inches in rib pattern (unstretched), using the smaller needles
  • Body: 30 stitches and 14 rows = 3 ½ inches by 2 1/8 inches in cable stitch pattern, using the larger needles

Baby (Adult)
To fit head circumference 14–16 (20–23) inches

When knitting the body of the hat, I found it helpful to separate each repeat (30 stitches) of the cable pattern with a stitch marker. (Just be sure to use a different color marker for the end of the round!) Alternatively, you could knit the whole hat on double pointed needles and put each repeat on its own double pointed needle.