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Handmade Christmas Presents: Knit Cabled Hat

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These knit cable hats make great gifts for the teens and tweens on your list! They are quick and easy to make if you have basic knitting experience.

Knit Cabled Hat


I actually made several of these knit cabled hats a few years ago as gifts for the teen and tween girls on my list.  They are still pretty popular!  This is an easy and quick project if you have basic knitting experience.  Cables are not hard – I promise! They are super easy and they look very impressive.  Don’t be afraid to try them out if you’ve never done them.  You basically just move stitches off your knitting needle on to a cable needle.  Then you knit the next so many stitches, putting the cable needle either behind or in front of your needle depending on the pattern.  Next, you knit the needles off the cable needle and voila – a cable! You are simply twisting and knitting stitches to create the cable.

The hats are knit based on Debbie Stoller’s Cabled Chapeau pattern, but I didn’t make the straps.  I knit the hats out of a worsted weight wool acrylic blend so they’d be washable, but a superwash wool would be nice as well. I used a size 8 needle and the hats fit 10-11 year old girls just right! I did knit these in the round using the Magic Loop method.  I used 2 liter soda pop bottles to make the brim of the hat stiff. I like that it already had a bend to it.

Don’t knit? I have some other ideas for handmade gifts including handprint Christmas trees for the grandparents, a Family Memory Jar, and easy to sew children’s aprons!

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  • NiCaam
    December 6, 2012

    Love the idea for the brim! I have a beautiful pink wool and a 4yr old daughter I can resize this for. Cables are ez and fun, thanks for sharing Camille.

    • Camille
      December 7, 2012

      My youngest won’t wear hats! 🙁 I hope she loves it!

  • Amy
    December 3, 2012

    These are super cute! I loom knit and I think I could make this on the loom. I made a cable hat on the loom a couple of years ago. I really need to get back into knitting!