I LOVE cables. Knitted cables are my absolute favorite. But there's no reason that crocheters can't get in on the cable party too! I knew that I wanted to include cables in my next hat design, but I didn't want to just use vertical cables. Been there, done that. Instead, I decided to place the cables horizontally around the brim, almost like a crown. With one of these hats, you're basically the (subtle) Queen of Crochet.
Unlike most beanies, which are made either from the top down or from the bottom up, this beanie uses a horizontal construction. Essentially, you'll be making the beanie from side to side and then you'll seam it up at the end. So you'll have to do a bit of sewing, but as a tradeoff, the brim and the body are all one piece, so you won't have to attach those.
I designed mine to be just slightly slouchy, but if you want yours slouchier, you can just extend the number of dc stitches at the end of the hat or add more repeats of the pattern. Or if you want it to be a tighter fitting beanie, you can decrease the number of dc stitches at the end of the hat. As written, following the gauge, the hat is about 10" tall and 20.5" around.
Most of the stitches are pretty standard, but the brim of the hat consists of hdc worked in the 3rd loop. This gives a stretchy, ribbed look. If you're not familiar with working in the 3rd loop, I recommend checking out this quick tutorial I put together. And if you want the brim to be wider but don't want the body of the hat to be wider, I would recommend using short rows. Feel free to ask questions about this if you're not sure what that means. Now on to the pattern!
If you'd like a printable, PDF version of this pattern, you can find one on Ravelry.
st(s) = stitch(es)
ch = chain
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
fpdc = front post double crochet
bpdc = back post double crochet
fptr = front post treble (triple) crochet
RS = right side
WS = wrong side
4" = 14 dc, 4" = 8 rows
Row 1: hdc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in the next 6 sts, dc in the last 29 sts, turn (36)
Row 2: (RS) ch 2, dc in the next 20 sts, fpdc in the next st, dc in the next st, fpdc in the next 4 sts, dc in the next st, fpdc in the next st, dc in the next st, hdc in the 3rd loop for the last 7 sts, turn (36)
Row 3: (WS) ch 1, hdc in the 3rd loop for the next 7 sts, dc in the next st, bpdc in the next st, dc in the next st, bpdc in the next 4 sts, dc in the next st, bpdc in the next st, dc in the last 20 sts, turn (36)
Row 4: (RS) ch 2, dc in the next 20 sts, fpdc in the next st, dc in the next st, skip the next 2 sts, fptr in the next 2 sts, then fptr in the previous 2 sts that you skipped, then dc in the next unworked st, fpdc in the next st, dc in the next st, hdc in the 3rd loop for the last 7 sts, turn (36)
Row 5: Repeat row 3
Row 6: Repeat row 2
Row 7: Repeat row 3
Rows 8-35: Repeat rows 4-7 nine times
Row 36: Repeat row 4
***Note: Some people have reported issues with sizing, even after matching gauge. I'll revisit this pattern after the Christmas-crazy is over and see what I can figure out, but for now, I would recommend just increasing the number of pattern repeats until the hat is the size you want.***
Fasten off, leaving an extra long yarn tail.
Using a tapestry needle and the long tail, sew up the side of the hat to form a tube.
Weave the yarn through the stitches at the top of the hat and pull taut to close (similar to a drawstring bag). I find that a small hole still remains after doing this, so I use the remaining yarn to stitch the hole shut. I prefer to turn the hat inside out and stitch the hole shut on the wrong side to help keep things neat.
Optional: Stitch on faux fur pompom (I recommend using the remaining yarn tail to do this, since thread can have a tendency to tear when used with yarn).
Weave in ends.
Ta-dah! Now you have your own Cabled Horizon Beanie. If you like this pattern and want a printable PDF version (or if you just want to help support my blog), you can find one on Ravelry. If you come across any questions or have any comments, you can reach me in the comments section below or on social media. Happy hooking!
***You're welcome to do whatever you'd like to with finished products made from this pattern but if you do sell them, I ask that you link back to my page. You may not copy this pattern, repost it anywhere (either altered or in its original form), or claim it as your own. You may not use any photos on this site for your own use. ***
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