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Free Knitting Pattern: Cable Pattern Hat

Lion Brand® Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Merino
Pattern #: L10165
Rating: ***2.7 (based on 6 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate (Level 3)

SIZE: One Size
Finished Circumference 19 in. (48.5 cm)
Note: Hat will stretch to fit a range of sizes


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Just in time for winter, this beautiful hat has an unusual, braided-looking twist to its cables.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 5300-598: Martha Stewart Crafts TM/MC Merino Yarn: Buttermilk
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*Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Merino (Article #5300). 100% Merino Wool; package size: 1.75oz/50.00 gr. (120yds/110m) pull skeins

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Cable Pattern Hat

Lion Brand® Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Merino


16 sts and 28 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in with size 9 (5.5 mm) needles over St st (k on RS, p on WS). When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch


M1 (make 1) An increase worked by lifting the horizontal thread lying between needles and placing it onto left needle. Knit this new stitch through the back loop.
kfb (inc 1 st) Knit next st without removing it from left needle, then k through back of same st.
ssk (slip, slip, knit) Sl next 2 sts as if to knit, one at a time, to right needle; insert left needle into fronts of these 2 sts and knit them tog.
sk2p Slip 1 st to right needle, k2tog, pass sl st over – 2 sts decreased.
sk3p Slip 1 st to right needle, k3tog, pass sl st over – 3 sts decreased.

K2, p2 Rib worked in the rnd (multiple of 4 sts)
Rnd 1: *K2, p2; rep from * around.
Rep Rnd 1 for K2, p2 Rib worked in the rnd.
LT (Left Twist) (worked in the rnd ¬– over 2 sts)
Rnd 1: K2.
Rnd 2: Sl 1 st to cable needle (cn) and hold in front, k1, k1 from cn.
Rep Rnds 1 and 2 for LT.
B6 (Braid 6) (worked in the rnd – over 6 sts)
Rnds 1 and 3: K6.
Rnd 2: Sl 2 sts to cn and hold in front, k2, k2 from cn, k2.
Rnd 4: K2, sl 2 sts to cn and hold in back, k2, k2 from cn.
Rep Rnds 1–4 for B6.


1. When you see 'as established' in the instructions, this means to continue in the current pattern st.

With size 6 (4.25 mm) circular needle, cast on 92 sts. Join, being careful not to twist sts. Place marker for beg of rnd.
Rnds 1–9: Work in K2, p2 Rib.
Rnd 10: *K2, M1; rep from * to end – 138 sts at end of rnd.
Change to size 9 (5.5 mm) circular needle.
Rnd 11 (Pattern Set Up): Work Rnd 1 of patterns as follows, LT, p4, k1, p1, B6, kfb, p4, *LT, p4, k1, p1, B6, p1, k1, p4; rep from * 2 more times; LT, p4, kfb, B6, p1, k1, p4; *LT, p4, k1, p1, B6, p1, k1, p4; rep from * 1 more time –140 sts at end of rnd.
Rnd 12: Work Rnd 2 of patterns as follows, *LT, p4, k1, p1, B6, p1, k1, p4; rep from * 6 more times.
Work 25 more rnds in patterns as established.

Shape Crownbr> Note: Change to double-pointed needles when sts have been sufficiently decreased.
Next (Dec) Rnd: *LT, p3, k2tog, p1, B6, p1, ssk, p3; rep from * around – 126 sts remaining at end of rnd.
Next Rnd: Work even in patterns as established.
Next (Dec) Rnd: *LT, p2, k2tog, p1, B6, p1, ssk, p2; rep from * around – 112 sts.
Next Rnd: Work even in patterns as established.
Next (Dec) Rnd: *LT, p1, k2tog, p1, B6, p1, ssk, p1; rep from * around – 98 sts.
Next Rnd: Work even in patterns as established.
Next (Dec) Rnd: *LT, k2tog, p1, B6, p1, ssk; rep from * around – 84 sts.
Next Rnd: Work even in patterns as established.

Note: For every following dec rnd, the first dec on the rnd uses the last st of the previous rnd; therefore, use last st of previous rnd as first slipped st for first dec of rnd.

Next (Dec) Rnd: *Sk3p, p1, B6, p1; rep from * to end – 63 sts.
Next (Dec) Rnd: *Sk2p, B6; rep from * to end – 49 sts.
Next (Dec) Rnd: *Sk2p, k4; rep from * to end – 35 sts.
Next (Dec) Rnd: *Sk2p, k2; rep from * to end – 21 sts.
Next (Dec) Rnd: *Sk2p; rep from * to end – 7 sts.
Cut yarn and draw through remaining sts.

Following package directions, make a medium pom-pom. Tie pom-pom to top of Hat.
Weave in ends.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
k = knit k2tog = knit 2 together
k3tog = knit 3 together p = purl
rep = repeat(s)(ing) rnd(s) = round(s)
sl = slip st(s) = stitch(es)

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Pattern Average Rating: ***2.7 (based on 6 reviews)
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Cable Pattern Hat Reviewed by Beverly on 2014-11-19 *****
My young adult daughter LOVES this pattern. I am going to give it my best shot using size 5 and size 8 needles. I will let you all know how I make out. Wish me luck. :)

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