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This free crochet pattern is called the Knit-like Cable Hat. It has some special features that make me so happy that I created it.
When looking at the Knit-like Cable Hat you see right away the waistcoat stitch that is also known as the knit stitch and looks very much knit-like. This stitch is not stretchy and makes sure the hat keep its shape, never stretches ou,t and leave you with a too big to wear hat.
Furthermore, I wanted to have the Knit-like Cable Hat show off the beautiful cable stitch as I am lately creating and loving to use the cable stitch in all kinds of ways.
The Knit-like Cable Hat also has a beautiful faux fur pom-pom to round up the elegance of waistcoat stitch rim of the hat.
Most hats provide a brim that is one colored, but with the Knit-like Cable Hat I wanted to show that you can use multiple colors as well. In fact, I wanted the brim to look similar although not the same as plaid.
Having the Cable stitch be right over the waistcoat stitch that is tight and not stretch, makes the hat look and feel very free but secure. Because the cable stitch provides lots of stretchiness and leaves one with a happy feeling. At least it does for me.
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In addition, I have always loved the color red and the Knit-like Cable Hat sure shows off my favorite color very well. But everyone has another favorite and sometimes neutral color.
In this case, the black represents the neutral but still bold color that some people are too scared to use in a hat unless it will be for a man or boy rather than for women.
But I believe the Knit-like Cable Hat shows and combines those 2 colors very well. I sure hope you love this hat as much as I did create it.
I wrote the pattern such that you can adjust the size easily. The pattern is written for a female adult hat, but due to the repeat, that also can be adjusted, one can make the hat bigger or smaller very easily.
And if you prefer checking out all my other hat or beanie patterns I promise you will not be disappointed.
Also, have you ever tried making a beanie or a hat without using a crochet hook, but still crocheting it using only your hands? Well, I did and made one in under 30 Minutes.
How to crochet the Knit-like Cable Hat
- Premier Yarns Anti-Pilling Everyday Worsted Yarn
- really red
- 5.0mm hook
- tapestry needle
- optional: detachable faux fur pom-poms
Stitches used (US terms):
Click HERE to learn these basic stitches
- sl st = slip stitch
- dc = double crochet
- wst = waistcoat stitch
- fpdc = front post double crochet
- fptr = front post treble crochet
- ch = chain
3 wst x 4 rows = 1 square inch
9.5 inches in diameter and 8.5 inches in height (without pom-pom)
Furthermore, I have a very detailed tutorial on how to crochet the cable stitch in the round which you should also take a look at if you never made this stitch before.
This tutorial was made for an adult head. It is snug and due to the waistcoat stitch will not stretch. Be sure to remember that before starting this hat.
Learn how to adjust any hat pattern to make it into the size you need it to be in HERE.
Test to get the right hat size for the Knit-like Cable Hat
Before you start with the hat itself. Do these steps first to make sure you will make the waistcoat stitch part of the hat correctly.
1. Start with measuring the head circumference.
2. Then make a chain, and make 1 row of single crochet
3. Lastly add one row of waistcoat stitches
4. Now make sure to measure the length of the just created chain plus 2 rows and make sure it equals the head circumference. If it does, you now know how many chains to create in the beginning.
Knit-like Cable Hat Pattern
Round 1: For an adult female sized head, chain 60 with the charcoal heather yarn and connect the first with the last stitch using a slip stitch. Ch 1, 1 sc into each st, sl st to the first st (60 sts).
Round 2 – 11: Ch 1, 1 wst stitch into each st according to the color diagram below. Start with the pixel 1,1 and work towards the pixel 10,1. Then repeat this sequence 5 more times. Do the same technique for all the other color rows 2 thru 9 representing rounds 3 thru 11. Slip stitch to the first st after every round.
You can cut the charcoal heather yarn now, as you do not use it anymore. Continue with the red heather yarn.
Round 12: Ch 2, 1 dc into each st, sl st to the first st
Round 13: Ch 3, *sk 3 sts, 1 fptr in the next 3 sts, 1 fptr into each of the 3 skipped sts, 1 dc in the next 4 sts, repeat from * to the end of the round, sl st to the first st
Round 14: Ch 2, *1 fpdc in the next 6 sts, 1 dc in the next 4 sts, repeat from * to the end of the round, sl st to the first st
Round 15 – 24: repeat rounds 13 and 14
If you like it slouchy, repeat round 13 to 14 one to two more times.
Once you block the hat a bit, the cable stitches should be straight.
Then use a tapestry needle and cut the red yarn about 1-2 feet for sewing. Weave the yarn in and out thru the last round of the hat as shown below.
Now pull the yarn tight to close the hole.
Now you can add a pom-pom or leave it as is. I added a permanent faux fur pom-pom to my Knit-like Cable Hat.
I absolutely love the Knit-like Cable Hat. I like that the rim does not stretch out like most other hats do. It will keep it shape and will look fabulous forever.
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