How to Knit a Cabled Baby Hat With Double-Point Needles: Free Pattern

Updated on August 29, 2018
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Pink Cabled Baby Hat
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How to Knit a Hat With Double-Point Needles

This pink baby hat is knitted with double-point needles (DPN). I put cables, a little fun far yarn, and a pom-pom to decorate the hat. Some beginners are afraid of using double-point needles, as it's a challenge to hold many needles instead of two simple single-point needles.

I'm happy to say that it's not difficult and very interesting to do. Knitting small things by using DPNs is a very basic and old method for knitting in the round. There are no wrong sides, which means it's easier to knit because you're always facing the right side. One thing you have to take care to do is knit the first stitch on every needle tightly to avoid the uneven stitches.

I thoroughly show how to do this in the video below. If you know how to knit with a circular needle and the magic loop method, you can also use it for this pattern. Happy knitting!

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Pattern Instruction

Size: (0~3 month, 3~6 month, 6~18 month)

Actual baby head circumference: (13”~14”, 14”~17”, 16”~19”)

Hat circumference: Approx. (11.5”-14.5”-17”)

Hat height: Approx. (5.25”-6”-7”)

Gauge: 22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches in stockinette

Materials: Approx. 1 to 2.4 oz (approx. 80 to 120 yds) of Category 4 medium worsted weight baby yarn, (approx. 5 yds) of Fun Fur yarn, a set of US #6 (4mm) double pointed needles, cable needle and yarn needle.

Yarn I used: Caron Simply Soft Yarn, Soft Pink 9719 and Lion Brand Fun Far Yarn Soft Pink

Abbreviations: K = knit, P = purl, K2tog = knit two together, P2tog = Purl two together, C4F = slip 2 onto cable needle and hold in front of work, K2 from left-hand needle, K2 from cable needle.

Start here.

Cast on (64-80-96) sts on US#6 (4mm) three double pointed needles. [For 64 sts, cast on 24,16,24 on 3 dpns. For 80 sts, cast on 24, 32, 24 on 3 dpns. For 96 sts, cast on 32, 32, 32 on 3 dpns.]

Join to knit in the round.

Rounds 1-8: *(K1, P1), repeat * to end.

Round 9: Add fun far and *(P2, K4, P2), repeat * to end.

Round 10: *(P2, K4, P2), repeat * to end. Drop and cut fun far yarn about 5”.

Round 11: *(P2, K4, P2), repeat * to end.

Round 12: *(P2, K4, P2), repeat * to end.

Round 13: *(P2, C4F, P2), repeat * to end.

Round 14: *(P2, K4, P2), repeat * to end.

Repeat Rounds 9 to 14 (2-3-4) more times to reach Round (26-32-38) and the hat measures approx. (3.25”-4”-5.5”) including the ribbing. (Do not add fun far yarn again.)

Shape top.

Round 1: *(P1, K2, P2, K2, P1), repeat * to end.

Round 2: *(P1, K2, P2, K2, P1), repeat * to end.

Round 3: *(K3, P2, K3), repeat * to end.

Round 4: *(K2, P4, K2), repeat * to end.

Round 5: *(K1, P6, K1), repeat * to end.

Round 6: *(K1, P6, K1), repeat * to end.

Round 7: *(K1, P2, P2tog, P2, K1), repeat * to end. (56-70-84) sts

Round 8: *(K1, P5, K1), repeat * to end.

Round 9: *(K1, P1, P2tog, P2, K1), repeat * to end. (48-60-72) sts

Round 10: *(K1, P4, K1), repeat * to end.

Round 11: *(K1, P1, P2tog, P1, K1), repeat * to end. (40-50-60) sts

Round 12: *(K1, P3, K1), repeat * to end.

Round 13: *(K1, P2tog, P1, K1), repeat * to end. (31-40-48) sts

Round 14: *(K1, P2, K1), repeat * to end.

Round 15: *(K1, P2tog, K1), repeat * to end. (24-30-36) sts

Round 16: *(K1, P1, K1), repeat * to end.

Round 17: *(K2tog, K1), repeat * to end. (16-20-24) sts

Round 18: K through to end.

Round 19: *(K2tog), repeat * to end. (8-10-12) sts

Cut the yarn about 10 inches to work with. With a yarn needle, pull the yarn through all the remaining loops, draw up firmly, fasten securely and weave in the end. Make a pom pom and fix it on the top of the hat.

This pattern is for personal use only and not for commercial sale.

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Watch How to Knit This Pattern

How to Make a Pom-Pom

How to Knit C4F (Clear Version)

© 2012 Christy Hills


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      3 years ago

      I knitted the beanie, and I am really happy with it.

      Do you have a pattern for a 3 - 6 months pattern.

      I just need to know how many stitches to cast on and when to decrease for the top on the beanie etc.

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      6 years ago

      I am trying to make this into a Toddler hat, how many stitches do you need to add to make it larger

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      Christy Hills 

      7 years ago

      Hi creporter22, After you drop the fun far yarn, no need to add the yarn again in repeated rounds. I also made the correction in the pattern instructions. Thank you for pointed this. Enjoy!

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      7 years ago

      I am working on this adorable hat right now. It is so cute. But there is one part I am finding confusing. It says Round 9, add fun fur. After Round 10, drop it. Then you go up to Round 14 and repeat Rounds 9-14 three more times. Are you really supposed to repeat Round 9 and 10 three times? I have a lot of fun fur at my hat and no visible cable stitch. Could this be a misprint? Any help would be so appreciated! Thank you!


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