Cabled Baby Hat

Not to be knit for sale or resale. 

Please let me know at twiceknit at gmail dot com if you find an error!


Pattern as pdf.


Designed to accompany the Cabled Baby Vest by Whitney Van Nes. It’s designed for a roughly 12-month size but is easily scaled up or down. See Pattern Notes at the end for sizing suggestions. 



Yarn Karabella Aurora 8, 1.5 skeins. Shown in colorway 716 (olive green)
Needles Size US 6, 16” circular and/or dpns
Notions cable needle, tapestry needle

Gauge on size 6 needles, 5.5 sts and 7 rows = 1″ in St st


Stitch Patterns


C4F: Slip next 2 sts purlwise to cable needle (or spare double-point needle) and hold to front of work; k2, k2 from cable needle.


1×1 rib: *k1, p1, rep from * to end.




CO 72 stitches.

Join for working in the round, being careful not to twist stitches. Place a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round. 


Round 1: *k1, p1, rep from * to end. 

Work 1 inch in 1×1 rib.


Switch to cable pattern.

Rounds 1-4: *k4, p2, rep from * to end. 

Round 5: *c4f, p2, rep from * to end.

Round 6: rep round 1.


Repeat rounds 1-6 three more times, until hat is about 4 inches long.


Begin shaping.

If you’ve been using circular needles, you’ll probably have to switch to double pointed needles on your first or second decrease row.


Round 1: *k1, k2tog, k1, p2, rep from * to end. (12 sts dec, 60 sts rem)

Round 2: *k3, p2, rep from * to end.

Round 3: *k2tog, k1, p2, rep from * to end. (12 sts dec, 48 sts rem)

Round 4: *k2, p2, rep from * to end.

Round 5: *k2tog, p2tog, rep from * to end. (24 sts dec, 24 sts rem)

Round 6: *k2tog, rep from * to end. (12 sts dec, 12 sts rem)

Round 7: *k2tog, rep from * to end. (6 sts dec, 6 sts rem)

Cut yarn and pull through remaining 6 sts. Secure and run in ends.  


Pattern Notes


To change sizing:


Hat is cast on in multiples of 6 stitches. To increase size, simply cast on more stitches, in multiples of 6. 


Also, since cables tend to pull in more than simple ribbing, you can also increase the size of the hat by manipulating the number of cables. If your cast on stitches are a multiple of 12 (60, 72, 84, etc), then you can make the hat larger around by doing a cable on every other k4 rib, rather than every one, as the pattern is written.  

4 thoughts on “Cabled Baby Hat

  1. You have great timing! I just finished the vest for a baby shower and was looking for something to do with my leftovers and VOILA! You pattern was perfect and easy to follow – Thank you!

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