Although cables look complicated, they’re only slightly more difficult than putting one foot in front of the other! These Traveling Cable Hats present the perfect opportunity to hone your cabling skills. Where an Aran sweater is the marathon of cable knitting, these hats are the 100-meter dash, every bit as beautiful but with the finish line in sight!

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And with its remarkable stitch definition and undefeated softness, Purl Soho’s Alpaca Pure is the ideal yarn to show off the hard work (and beauty!) of cable knitting. Pick up a skein or two here and you’re off! -Gina

Update: November 2014

We now have a Traveling Cable Hat for Kids! Rather than casting on 3 repeats, like I did for the Alpaca Pure Baby size, I cast 2 repeats onto some big ol’ needles in our Super Soft Merino! For more photos and the full pattern, click here!

Materials

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Gauge

Ribbing: 22 stitches = 3 inches in rib pattern (unstretched), using the smaller needles

Body: 30 stitches and 14 rows = 3 ½ inches by 2 1/8 inches in cable stitch pattern, using the larger needles

Sizes

Baby (Adult); to fit head circumference 14–16 (20–23) inches

  • Finished Circumference at Widest Point of Body: 10 1/2 inches (13 1/2 inches)
  • Finished Circumference at Ribbing: 9 inches (12 inches)
  • Finished Length: 8 ½ inches (12 inches)

Notes

When knitting the body of the hat, I found it helpful to separate each repeat (30 stitches) of the cable pattern with a stitch marker. (Just be sure to use a different color marker for the end of the round!) Alternatively, you could knit the whole hat on double pointed needles and put each repeat on its own double pointed needle.

Abbreviations

Left Cross (LC): Slip 3 knit stitches to cable stitch holder and hold in front of work,  p1 from left hand needle, k3 from cable stitch holder.

Right Cross (RC): Slip 1 purl stitch to cable stitch holder and hold in back of work, k3 from left hand needle, p1 from cable stitch holder.

Cable 6 Front (C6F): Slip 3 knit stitches to cable stitch holder and hold in front of work, k3 from left hand needle, k3 from cable stitch holder.

Cable 6 Back (C6B): Slip 3 knit stitches to cable stitch holder and hold in back of work, k3 from left hand needle, k3 from cable stitch holder.

Cable 4 Front (C4F): Slip 2 knit stitches to cable stitch holder and hold in front of work, k2 from left hand needle, k2 from cable stitch holder.

How to Make a Left Cross (LC)

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When you get to a Left Cross (LC), you will have 3 knit stitches on the left hand needle.

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Slip these three knit stitches purlwise to a cable stitch holder. (“Purlwise” means to insert the right needle into each stitch as if you were purling it.)

Keep the cable stitch holder at the front of the work.

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Purl one stitch from the left hand needle.

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Slide the slipped stitches to the other end of the cable needle. (Do not spin the cable needle or try to knit the stitches from the same end that you used to slip the stitches.) Now knit the 3 stitches from the cable stitch holder.

How to Make a Right Cross (RC)

Making the Right Cross is like making a Left Cross in reverse.

When you get to a Right Cross, you will have 1 purl stitch followed by 3 knit stitches on the left hand needle. You will…

Slip the purl stitch from the left hand needle onto a cable stitch holder; hold the cable stitch holder to the back of your work; knit the 3 stitches from the left hand needle; purl the stitch from the cable stitch holder.

Pattern

Ribbing

With smaller needle, cast on 63 (84) stitches.

Place a marker and join to work in the round, being careful to not twist the stitches.

Round 1: *P1, [k2, p2] 4 times, k3, p1, repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat Round 1 until ribbing measures 3 (4) inches from cast on edge.

Round 2: *Purl into front and back (pfb), [k1, make 1 right (m1r), k1, p2]  3 times, k1, m1r, k1, pfb, p1, k1, m1r, k1, m1r, k1, m1r, p1, repeat from * to end of round. [90 (120) stitches]

Body

Continuing with larger circular needle…

Round 1: *[P2, k3]  4 times, p3, k6, p1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 2: *[P2, LC, RC] 2 times,  p3, C6F, p1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 3: *P3, [k6, p4] 2 times, k6, p1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 4: *P3, [C6F, p4] 2 times, k6, p1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 5: *P3, [k6, p4] 2 times, k6, p1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 6: *[P2, RC, LC] 2 times, p3, k6, p1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 7: *[P2, k3] 4 times, p3, k6, p1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 8: *P1, RC, p2, LC, RC, p2, LC, p2, C6F, p1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 9: *P1, k3, p4, k6, p4, k3, p2, k6, p1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 10: *P1, k3, p4, C6B, p4, k3, p2, k6, p1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 11: *P1, k3, p4, k6, p4, k3, p2, k6, p1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 12: *P1, [LC, p2, RC] 2 times, p2, k6, p1, repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat Rounds 1–12 one (three) more time(s).

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 one more time.

The hat should now measure approximately 6 ¾ inches (10 ½ inches) from the cast on edge.

Crown Decreases

NOTE: Change to double pointed needles when the work becomes too tight to fit around the circular needle.

Round 1: *P3, k2, ssk, k2, p4, k2, ssk, k2, p2tog, p2, k6, p1, repeat from * to end of round. [81 (108) stitches]

Round 2: *P3, k2, ssk, k1, p4, k2, ssk, k1, p3, k6, p1, repeat from * to end of round. [75 (100) stitches]

Round 3: *P3, k2, ssk, p4, k2, ssk, p3, k6, p1, repeat from * to end of round. [69 (92) stitches]

Round 4: *P1, p2tog, k2, ssk, p2, k2tog, k2, p2tog, p1, k6, p1, repeat from * to end of round. [57 (76) stitches]

Round 5: *P2, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, p2, k6, p1, repeat from * to end of round. [51 (68) stitches]

Round 6: *P2, k2, k2tog, k2, p2, C6F, p1, repeat from * to end of round. [48 (64) stitches]

Round 7: *P2tog, k1, k2tog, k2, p2, k1, [k2tog] 2 times, k1, p1, repeat from * to end of round. [36 (48) stitches]

Round 8: *P1, k2tog, k2, p2, k4, p1, repeat from * to end of round. [33 (44) stitches]

Round 9: *P1, k2tog, k1, p2, k4, p1, repeat from * to end of round. [30 (40) stitches]

Round 10: *K2tog, k1, p2, C4F, p1, repeat from * to end of round. [27 (36) stitches]

Round 11: *K1, ssk, k2tog, k2, ssk, repeat from * to end of round. [18 (24) stitches]

Round 12: [K2tog] 9 (12) times. [9 (12) stitches]

Cut yarn, leaving an 8-inch tail. Thread the tail onto a tapestry needle and sew it through the remaining stitches twice. Pull tight to close the hole at the crown. Bring the tail to the inside of the hat and weave it in. Weave in any remaining ends and enjoy your Traveling Cable Hat!

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