Rhode Trip Hat by Kara McKinley

Rhode Trip Hat

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August 2012
Aran (8 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Cable Pattern
US 8 - 5.0 mm
100 - 150 yards (91 - 137 m)
Preemie (0-3 months, 18 months) and Teen (Small Adult, Large Adult)
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This pattern is available for free.

Update March 2021Baby sizes are now available! Visit TheKnitMcKinley.com to download the pdf with instructions for the preemie (0-3 months, 18 month) sizes.

The Rhode Trip Hat (formerly Hat No. 5) is the fifth hat I designed in 2012 while knitting hats for a great project run by a local yarn store (Lovelyarns), called the 500 Hats Project. This hat has become a staple and I love knitting it as gifts and I have made at least four for myself. The pattern deserved an update and a better name than hat no. 5!

This hat is knit in the round and uses basic cabling. This is a great project for an adventurous beginner ready to take on a cabled hat or an experienced knitter looking for an easy to remember, quick cabled hat pattern. There is a companion cowl, the Rhode Trip Cowl, also available as a free download on Ravelry.

Skill level: Intermediate
Skills needed: knitting in the round, cabling, twisting stitches, and decreasing by SSK and Kt2og

Size: Preemie (0-3months, 18 months) and Teen (Small Adult, Large Adult)
Circumference: Stretches to fit 14” (17”, 19”) and 19 ¼” (22”, 27 ½”)
Height: 5 3/4” (6”, 6 1/2”) and 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