I made this hat pattern for a lady that I met at the trade show. She was asking me for a bulky slouchy hat knit in cables. She tried to describe it so much in details, so I understood she had something very specific in her mind. When I got back home, she e-mailed me a picture of the hat she was trying to describe me. It was so pretty! So by looking at her picture this pattern was born. I want to share it as a free pattern as it is great to master cables.

Pom-pom beanie

It will fit an average person. Approx. head circumferrence – 55 cm.

Gauge: 15 sts and 20 rows = 4“ using larger needles in stocking stitch

Yarn: 2 balls (100g each ball) Bernat Alpaca in stone colour. (bulky weight)

Cast on 90 sts on 5.0 mm knitting needles. Work 2 x 2 rib 8 rows (4 cm).

Inc. row: (WS) K3. *M1 (make one), K2, M1 (make one), K3, Rep from * to end of row. 126 sts. Change to 6 mm knitting needles.

1st row: (RS): P3, *k6, p8, Rep from * till last 11 sts, k6, p5.

2nd row: K5, *p6, k8, rep from * till last 9 sts, k6, p3.

Rep rows 1-2 one more time.

5th row: (RS): cable begins. * C6B, C6F, p2, rep from * 8 more times.

6th row: *K2, p12, rep from * 8 more times.

7th row: *K12, p2, rep from * 8 more times.

Rep rows 6-7 two more times.

Rep rows 1-11 one more time.

Rep rows 1-6 one more time.

Shape top:

Row 1: k1, *k2tog, k3, rep from * to end of row. 101 sts.

Row 2 all alt rows: purl.

Row 3: k1, *k2tog, k2, rep from * to end of row. 76 sts.

Row 5: k1, *k2tog, k2, rep from * to end of row. 57 sts.

Row 7: k1, *k2tog, k2, rep from * to end of row. 43 sts.

Row 9: k1, * k2tog, k2, rep from * to last 2 st, k2tog. 32 sts.

Row 11: k1, *k2tog, k1, rep from * to end, k1. 22 sts.

Row 12: purl.

Thread yarn through remaining sts and fasten securely. Sew back seam.

Make or buy a pompom and attach it to the top of the hat.

Hope you enjoyed this free hat pattern. I appreciate your feedback.