Free Knitting Pattern: Cable-ish Hat

Posted by Jenn

With the holidays approaching much more quickly than I'd like, it's not often I get to sit down and experiment with different knitting stitch patterns. Instead, I'm working up gifts and custom orders like a fiber fiend, and right now, there's no end in sight.

But with most things in life, it's important to take a break and do something for yourself. So the other day, I sat down, flipped through one of my pattern books, found a stitch I loved, and altered it into a beautiful hat using one of my favorite stash yarns from Blitsy: Red Heart Shimmer. It's a favorite of mine because it's so incredibly soft for an acrylic and has a wonderful little halo effect, making it appear like more of a natural fiber. The shimmer is just that - a shimmer - as opposed to a sparkle, so the effect is more subtle. I can't get enough of it.

The hat looks beautiful as-is (if I do say so myself), but a coordinating pom-pom on top adds an extra special touch. Of course, that's up to you!

Craft: Knitting

Level: Easy


  • Light worsted weight yarn (I used Red Heart Shimmer in the Cherry colorway, purchased at a great price [as always!] from Blitsy)
  • Size US 7 circular needles and DPNs (you can use the DPNs for the entire hat if you'd like; otherwise, you'll just need them for decreasing at the top)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch marker


  • TBL: Knit your next stitch “Through Back Loop”
  • PM: “Place Marker”
  • K2tog: “Knit 2 Together”: Knit the next two stitches together (right-slanting decrease)
  • CDD: “Centered Double Decrease”: Slip next two stitches as if to knit, knit the next stitch, pass the two slipped stitches over the knitted stitch


  • Slip stitch marker at the end of each round so you know where the next row begins


CO 85 sts

Ribbing Pattern:

*P1, K1 TBL, P1, K2* around, PM

Repeat Ribbing Pattern for 1"

Row 1:

*P1, K1 TBL, P1, K2* around

Row 2:

*P1, K1 TBL, P1, K1, yo, K1* around

Row 3:

*P1, K1 TBL, P1, K3* around

Row 4:

*P1, K1 TBL, P1, K3, pass third stitch on right needle over first two stitches on right needle* around

Repeat rows 1-4 until hat measures 7.5", ending with Row 1

Decreasing for

top of hat


Switch to DPNs once hat is too small to fit on your circulars.

Row 1:

*P1, K1 TBL, P1, K2tog* around

Row 2:

*P1, K1 TBL, P1, K1* around

Row 3:

*P1, CDD* around

Row 4:

*P1, K1* around

Row 5:

*K2tog* around

Row 6:

Knit around

Row 7:

*K2tog* around


Using a tapestry needle, thread yarn through remaining stitches and tug. Weave in ends and enjoy!


Let us know in the comments below if you'll be giving this a whirl or if you need any support!