Men's Cabled Hat Pattern

With how brutally cold it's been, it's depressing to think we are just a month into winter. It seems like Kansasians have given into the permanence of the cold. Random comments about how 'nice' it is outside can be overheard when the thermometer inches above the 20 degree mark.  It's possible the lack of sun has made us delirious. Needless to say, it is time for heavy duty knit ware. Lace and silk are nice and all, but these balmy 5 degree days demand wool and cables. Designed the below for the fella. I wanted a guy-friendly design that wasn't just ribbing and a rolled up cuff so he can double up on his ears. I really love the outcome, and it was a really fast knit (2 days of fairly regular knitting).

knit hat pattern for men
knit hat pattern for men

A Hat Fit For a Fella Pattern

Size

Adult Women's/Men's

Gauge

18 sts = 4 inches in stockinette

Materials

  • One skein (4 oz, 190 yards) Lamb's Pride Worsted weight. 85% wool, 15% mohair
  • Size 8 (5 mm) 32” circular needles for magic loop method or DPNs, depending upon preference
  • Cable Needle
  • Darning needle

Abbreviations

K – Knit

P – Purl

K2tog – knit 2 together

Ssk – Slip 2 stitches knitwise and knit those two sts tog

Sl, k2tog, psso – Slip on st to the right needle, k2tog, pass slip stitch over

CL – Cable Left – Slip 3 sts to cable needle, hold to front, k3 from left needle, k3 from cable needle

CR – Cable Right – Slip 3 sts to cable needle, hold to back, k3 from left needle, k3 from cable needle

Directions

Cable cast on 80 (90) sts

Ribbing

*P2 (3), k3, p2 (3), k3, p3, k3* Repeat from * to * around until ribbing measures 2.5 (3) inches.

Body of Hat

Work the following pattern three times

  • Work 6 (7) rows of *P2 (3), k3, p2 (3), k9* Repeat from * to * to end of round.
  • *P2 (3), k3, p2 (3), CR, k3* Repeat from * to * to end of round.
  • Work 6 (7) rows of *P2 (3), k3, p2 (3), k9* Repeat from * to * to end of round.
  • *P2 (3), k3, p2 (3), k3, CL* Repeat from * to * to end of round.

Men's only. Replace the final round of the third repeat with:

  • *P2, ssk, k1, k2tog, p2, k3, CL* Repeat from * to * to end of round.

Please note - this line has been discussed multiple times in the comments. Please read those if you have questions. I am unable to provide more assistance on this free pattern, so if you have more questions, I recommend the forums at Ravelry.com. 

Cable hat for men
Cable hat for men

Crown

*P2, k3, p2, ssk, k5, k2tog* Repeat from * to * to end of round.

*P2, k3, p2, k7* Repeat from * to * to end of round.

*P2, k3, p2, ssk, k3, k2tog* Repeat from * to * to end of round.

*P2, k3, p2, k5* Repeat from * to * to end of round.

*P1, ssk, k1, k2tog, p1, k5* Repeat from * to * to end of round.

*P1, k3, p1, k5* Repeat from * to * to end of round.

*P1, k3, p1, ssk, k1, k2tog* Repeat from * to * to end of round.

*P1, k3* Repeat from * to * to end of round.

*P1, k3, p1, sl1, k2tog, psso* Repeat from * to * to end of round.

*P1, k3, p1, k1* Repeat from * to * to end of round.

*P1, sl1, k2tog, psso, p1, k1* Repeat from * to * to end of round.

*P1, k1* Repeat from * to * to end of round.

Ssk around.

Cut yarn and pull end through remaining sts.

Weave in ends.

free knit hat pattern
free knit hat pattern

Edited 1/24/11 to correct ribbing and final round before crown. Edited 3/28/11 to change k3 to k1 on 7th round of crown. Edited 4/11 to add note about magic loop