I am super excited to start off this next series of patterns for you all. Cables are something I have loved for a long time. When I first started knitting around 7ish years ago, cables were something I aspired too, but never got far enough into the knitting world to learn. I'll be honest, they daunted me slightly! But when I found out crochet also have cables I started to use them. To be honest, a crochet cable just doesn't have the same effect as a knitted one, so when I saw Tunisian cables were a thing (and given how nicely Tunisian crochet can imitate knitting) I knew I had to learn them. It took around an hour, a youtube video and a swatch to get the hang of them and I love them so much!
Cables are such a classic look and bring so much texture to a piece. You can have the most boring coloured plain hat that just comes alive by adding cables and so thats exactly what I wanted to do with this series. Today I am introducing you to my Tunisian Cable Hat. It is worked in the round with some nice chunky yarn and has 5 cable bands around it and a nice traditional RIB band at the bottom.
Since I didn't have any chunky yarn at home, I actually held two strands of some aran cakes together which creates a lovely mixed colour effect. I have also made them in a solid colour, as have my testers, which also works really nicely. Whilst the hat is mostly written for one size, (and I tested the stretch size against average head sizes for men and women) it should fit most heads, but I have also included instructions for customizing the size of the hat within the pattern and turning it into a slouchy hat too if you prefer that look. I haven't added a pom pom to this one either, but that is also an option.
I haven't made a video tutorial for working cables yet, that's in the works for a couple of weeks when both kids are settled in school full time (Lily only goes 2 hours a day at the moment), but the pdf version of this hat does come with a nice photo tutorial to help with cables. The photos are quite detailed and isn't really something that will work well on a blog post, so if you want that help, then I would definitely recommend you purchase the pattern from my Etsy store here. The free version however, can be found below.
Over the next few weeks, I will be releasing the patterns for the fingerless gloves, scarf and headband in the series. Plus there will be a Cable Barrel bag coming soon too.
See you next week,
Chunky Cable Hat (adult sized)
- Materials and Resources
Below is a list of everything you will need to make this hat;
- Chunky Yarn (or 2 strands of aran held together if you want to have a varied colour effect) 105m (120g when using Aldi rainbow cakes – I used a purple cake)
- 8mm double ended Tunisian hook
- Additional hook (as close to 8mm as possible, and it is easier if it has no end)
- Stitch marker
- Tapestry needle
2. Stitch List
Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this pattern. All terms used are American.
- Ch- chain
- TSS – Tunisian simple stitch
- TPS – Tunisian purl stitch
- TKS – Tunisian Knit Stitch
- TKS dec – 2 Tunisian Knit stitches together – insert hook like a TSS through first stitch, then through second stitch like a Knit stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop through both loops on hook
- TPS dec – pull yarn to the front then insert hook through next 2 stitches, yarn over and pull through both loops as you would for a purl stitch.
- RP – return pass, always yarn over and pull 2 loops
- 6 cable – this is where the cable crosses, see photo tutorial
- sl st – slip stitch
Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.
- The gauge for this pattern is 12 rows and 10 stitches in a 10cm square of Tunisian purl stitch using an 8mm hook.
- The finished hat measures 20cm tall and 60cm around but has quite a lot of stretch around the band so should fit most adult heads. (My head is 55cm around and it fits nicely.)
- Varying the thickness of the yarn used and hook size will slightly alter the hats size. (thicker yarn and a bigger hook will make a bigger hat and a smaller hook and thinner yarn will make a smaller hat.
- If you prefer a tighter Ribbed band at the base of the hat, then start with a 7mm hook and change back to the 8mm at row 5.
- Make sure when carrying the yarn both ways on the cables to keep the yarn loose so the cables don’t become too tight. See cable instructions for more information.
- This video will help you getting started with an alternative method for getting your starting chain into the round if you are having trouble with the chain twisting. https://youtu.be/1vN3KdVB7u4#
|1||56 TSS, RP||56|
|2||(TKS, TPS) x 28, RP||56|
|3-4||Rep row 2||56|
|5||TPS dec, 4 TPS, 6 TKS, (5 TPS, 6 TKS) x 4, RP||55|
|6||(5 TPS, 6 TKS) x 5, RP||55|
|7-8||Rep row 6||55|
|9||(5 TPS, 6 Cable) x 5, RP||55|
|10-17||Rep rounds 6-9||55|
|If you want a taller hat, or slouchy hat rep rounds 6-9 again for as many repeats as you like (this will use more yarn than stated)|
|18||(TPS dec, TPS, TPS dec, 6 TKS) x 5, RP||45|
|19||(TPS, TPS dec, TKS dec, TKS dec, TKS dec) x 5, RP||25|
|20||(TPS dec, TKS, TKS dec) x 5, RP||15|
|21||(TKS dec) x 7, TKS, NO RP||7|
|Cut yarn with around a 20cm tail and thread the end through the loops left on your hook. Pull the ends tight to close the circle, then sew shut.|
Sew in all ends.
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