Cable Waves Hat by Kat Zimmermann

Cable Waves Hat

February 2021
Super Bulky (5-6 wpi) ?
10.5 stitches and 18 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 11 - 8.0 mm
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
100 - 150 yards (91 - 137 m)
Toddler, small/child, medium, large
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This pattern is available for $5.00 USD
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A free version is also available.

This pattern came about from two things intersecting: a cold snap with more than 2 feet of snow and the insistence of my dog, Freddie, to continue our daily walks even though temperatures were below freezing. To keep warm, I wanted a thick hat that worked up quick with a matching scarf long enough to go around my neck twice for those absolutely frigid days.

So here it is! Originally worked in the large size and adjusted to fit smaller sizes using the circumference chart from the Craft Yarn Council, the cable pattern goes as far up the hat as possible and continues into the crown shaping rounds.

The hat pattern is worked in the round (scarf is worked flat) on circular needles using the magic loop method or using dpns.

The large size of this pattern is available for free on my blog linked above. All other sizes and the bonus scarf are available in the full pattern for purchase. The blog post also includes some additional photos as well as a description of the design process and some FAQs.


  • Bernat Softee Chunky in rich brick - 1 skein is enough for a hat and long, matching scarf
  • -->The large size uses about 115 meters / 126 yd
  • Knitting needles: US size 11 (8mm) and US size 10.5 (6.5mm)
  • -->Circular needles are recommended throughout using the magic loop method
  • -->Dpns will also work if preferred
  • Tapestry needle
  • Snips