I decided to get a head start on my fall patterns this year since August and September are my busiest times at work. I love the look of cables, but I hate knitting cables in the round because there are just too many needles involved! Really, who can knit with 5 needles and actually enjoy it and not get frustrated?!! Knitting is my passion and it has to be fun to be worth the time spent, so I came up with this pattern for a cute and simple cable knit pixie hat for my daughter Leanna. This hat is knit with straight needles, so its a perfect project for anyone who is just learning to knit cables.
Free Cable Knit Pixie Hat Pattern
What you will need
Here is what you will need to make this pixie hat:
- Straight size 9 (5.5 mm) knitting needles
- Cable needle
- Worsted weight yarn. I used one 100g skein (211 yards) of Berocco Comfort in Pretty Pink
- Yarn needle
18 stitches, 24 rows = 4 Inches
C4B: Cable 4 Back (slip 2 stitches onto your cable needle to the back of your work, knit the next two stitches, then knit the two stitches off of the cable needle).
C4F: Cable 4 Front (slip 2 stitches onto your cable needle to the front of your work, knit the next two stitches, then knit the two stitches off of the cable needle).
Cast on 68(88, 108) Stitches.
Rows 1-5: K1, P1 (repeat until end of row) to make 1 X 1 rib stitch for the front of the hat.
Row 6: *P8, K2, P8, K2, Repeat from * 2(3, 4) more times, P8.
Row 7: *K8, P2, (C4B) twice, P2, Repeat from * 2(3, 4) more timesK8.
Row 8: *P8, K2, P8, K2, Repeat from * 2(3, 4) more times, P8.
Row 9: *K8, P2, K2, C4F, K2, P2, Repeat from * 2(3, 4) more timesK8.
Repeat rows 6 to 9 until work measures 6(7.5, 9.5) inches.
Cast off work: Knit two, slip first stitch over second. Repeat until the last stitch is on the hook. Cut yarn and pull through the last stitch (leave a long tail to sew up the seam).
Fold the hat in half and sew up the back seam along the cast off end.
To make the ties, cut 6 long strands of yarn and pass through one of the front corners (I like to use a crochet hook to pull the yarn through). Pull half way through so that there are 12 strands for braiding. Split into even sections of 4 and braid to desired length. Tie a knot to secure. Repeat for the other corner.