Slouchy Cable Hat with Pom-Pom

As promised, today I’m bringing you the pattern for the hat I debuted in this post.  This was my first time trying cables and they were a lot easier than I expected!  If any of you knitters out there have been intimidated by cables then try out this hat as a simple way to start learning the technique.

Materials:

  • 16″ size US 6 circular needle
  • 16″ size US 8 circular needle
  • Size US 8 double pointed needles
  • About 180 yards chunky weight yarn.  I used Kathmandu Queensland Collection Chunky in Rust (color 103)  and needed just a bit more than one skein
  • Tapestry needle
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Strong thread or string

I will admit that I messed up my count for my pattern repeat when I made this hat.  So I have a bit of an awkward strip of purl stitches down the back.  But luckily I learned from the mistake and can give you the improved pattern!

  1. Using the size 6 needle cast on 92 stitches.  Join ends
  2. Work 2 x 2 rib (K2, P2) for 8 rows
  3. Switch to the size 8 needles
  4. Cable pattern:
    1. Row 1:  *P1, K4, P2, K9, P2, K4, P1* repeat 4 times.
    2. Row 2:  Repeat row 1
    3. Row 3:  *P1, slip 2 stitches on cable needle and hold in back, K2, K2 off cable needle, P2, slip 3 stitches on cable needle and hold in front, K3, K3 off cable needle, K3, P2, slip 2 stitches on cable needle and hold in front, K2, K2 off cable needle, P1* repeat 4 times
    4. Rows 4-6:  Repeat row 1
    5. Row 7:  *P1, slip 2 stitches on cable needle and hold in back, K2, K2 off cable needle, P2, K3, slip 3 stitches on cable needle and hold in back, K3, K3 off cable needle, P2, slip 2 stitches on cable needle and hold in front, K2, K2 off cable needle, P1* repeat 4 times
    6. Rows 8-10:  Repeat row 1
    7. Repeat Rows 3-10 until hat measures 11″.  Make it longer for a slouchier hat
    8. Decrease rounds
      1. *K2, P2, K2 together* repeat to the end of the round
      2. *K2, P1, K2 together* repeat to the end of the round
      3. Work onto double‐pointed needles
      4. *K2, P2 together* repeat to the end of the round
      5. *K1, P2 together* repeat to the end of the round
      6. *K1, P1* repeat to the end of the round
      7. K2 together, repeat to the end of the round
      8. K all stitches
      9. K2 together, repeat to the end of the round.  If you have an extra stitch at the end of the round just knit it.
      10. If you have a hat decrease you prefer, feel free to use it.  It will be covered by the pom-pom anyway

I know the cable rows sound confusing.  The pattern is basically a repeat of cable right, braid cable, cable left.  But I taught myself to do it and you can too!  Below are the links I used to help me learn:

  1. This link explains how to cable left.  Follow the picture under Step 5 using 2 stitches instead of 3 for our pattern.  To cable right simply hold the cable needle in back of the work
  2. This link was what I used to figure out the braided cables.  It’s written for flat work rather than work knitted in the round, but I felt the picture helped me visualize a bit more what I was doing
  3. Practice!  If you’re still a bit nervous about starting out with the cable on your hat just make a practice piece first

Now it’s time to make the pom-pom!  I followed these instructions for a giant pom-pom garland from A Beautiful Mess.  I will warn you that this takes a loooooooong time.  To make it faster, cut a slit in the cardboard circles so you can just slip the yarn in that way rather than pulling a super long piece of yarn through the center hole a million times.  Like I did.  Again, learn from my mistakes, people!  The cardboard circles I used had an outer diameter of 5″ and an inner diameter of 1 1/4″.  You could draw the circles using a protractor if you have one or by finding objects of roughly the same size.  Just try to keep the difference between the inner and outer diameter about the same as mine as this is what determines the size of the pom-pom.  Also, when pulling the center of the pom-pom together use either thread or some extra sturdy string material.  I tried just using the yarn and it broke while I tried pulling it tight.  You have a lot of my mistakes to learn from in this post!  Last, just sew the pom pom to the top of your hat and you’re done!

I hope you enjoy it!  And stay warm my friends, real spring weather is almost here!

– Steph

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4 thoughts on “Slouchy Cable Hat with Pom-Pom

  1. I had to use larger needles….size 8 and 10.5, since the hat was just turning out too small. Also, I found it difficult to knit with chunky yarn and the smaller needles. However, I DO love the hat-made it in red with a furry pompon and I am working on my second one with a tweed:)
    Thanks for the pattern.
    Carol

    • I’m glad you like the pattern! Sorry it was too small, I wrote it before I knew enough about gauge and the fact that different people knit at different sizes. Thanks for letting me know you tried it out, and I’m so happy you liked it enough to make two!

  2. I like your hat very much. I have one question, if I knit it with straight needle will it work? Do I need to change anything in this pattern in this case?

    • The only thing you need to think about when using straight needles is reversing the stitches when you’re on the wrong side of the work. I’m also not sure how you would decrease/close up the top once you’re done. I’ve only ever knit hats on circular needles and think it’s much easier, but if you want to try straight needles then go for it! Let know how how it turns out!

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