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hat knitting pattern with straight needles and with circular needlesToday I’m giving you something special. I’m thinking about colder times and if anything is certain then it’s me and some unique hat. I love distinctive hats.

Why do you even bother to knit something when it’s looking like any other, right?

So, today’s pattern is super king size winter hat.

I personally hate knitting with circular needles and I rather sew, if I need to. But I have thought about you too, if you happen to love circulars. There are two directions – one for knitting back and forth (the first one) and other for knitting in circles (the second one).

Size of the hat:
  • one size for head circumference 53 cm / 20,8 inches
  • you can get a bigger hat if you add purl stitches to every “purl section” – 1 purl stitch per every purl section (there are 4 sections – so 4 additional purl stitches) gives you additional 1 cm / 0,5 inches; [if it’s confusing let me know and I try again]
You’ll need:
  • 200 g / 7,2 oz (328 yds) of DROPS Big Merino Mix (+ maybe more for pom pom)
  • straight or circular needles size 5 mm / US 8
  • cable needle
Abbreviations:
  • sl – slip;
  • k – knit;
  • p – purl;
  • inc – increase;
  • ssk – slip, slip, knit together;
  • k2tog . knit 2 together;
  • sk2p – (double decrease) slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over;
  • p3tog – purl 3 together
  • 10/10 CR – Slip 10 stitches to cable needle and hold in back, knit 10, then knit 10 from cable needle;
  • 10/10 CL – Slip 10 stitches to cable needle and hold in front, knit 10, then knit 10 from cable needle;
  • 5/5 CR – Slip 5 stitches to cable needle and hold in back, knit 5, then knit 5 from cable needle;
  • 5/5 CL – Slip 5 stitches to cable needle and hold in front, knit 5, then knit 5 from cable needle;
  • rnd(s) – round(s)

Pattern for straight needles knitting back and forth:

hat pattern with large cablesCast on 62 stitches so that you have enough yarn left for sewing.

*Always slip 1st stitch purl wise and knit last stitch*

Knit 15 rows of 2:2 ribbing (knit 2, purl 2).

  • sl1, (k2, p2) rep to last stitch, k1;

Knit 1 row.

Prep for pattern:

Row 1: Sl1, p2, (k10, p5) x 3 times total, k10, p3, k1;
Row 2: Sl1, k3, (p10, k5) x 3 times total, p10, k3;
Row 3: Sl1, p2, (k1, [inc1, k1] x 9 times total, p5) x 3 times total, k1, (inc1, k1]) x 9 times total, p3, k1;
Row 4: Sl1, k3, (p19, k5) x 3 times total, p19, k3;
Row 5: Sl1, p2, (inc1, [k1, inc1] x 9 times total, knit 2 stitches into next stitch, inc1, [k1, inc1] x 9 times total, p5) x 3 times total, inc1, [k1, inc1] x 9 times total, knit 2 stitches into next stitch, inc1, [k1, inc1] x 9 times total, p3, k1;
Row 6: Sl1, k3, (p40, k5) x 3 times total, p40, k3;

Start with the cable pattern:

Row 1: Sl1, p2, (k40, p5) x 3 times total, k40, p3, k1;
Row 2: Sl1, k3, (p40, k5) x 3 times total, p40, k3;
Row 3: Sl1, p2, (10/10 CR, 10/10 CL, p5) x 3 times total, 10/10 CR, 10/10 CL, p3, k1;
Row 4: Sl1, k3, (p40, k5) x 3 times total, p40, k3;
Row 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15: as row 1;
Row 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16: as row 2;

Repeat rows 1 to 16 in total of 3 times (2 if you want less chunky top).

Start with decreases:

Row 1: Sl1, p2, (ssk x 10 times, k2tog x 10 times, p5) x 3 times total, ssk x 10 times, k2tog x 10 times, p3, k1;
Row 2: Sl1, k3, (p20, k5) x 3 times total, p20, k3;
Row 3: Sl1, p2, (5/5 CR, 5/5 CL, p5) x 3 times total, 5/5 CR, 5/5 CL, p3, k1;
Row 4: Sl1, k3, (p20, k5) x 3 times total, p20, k3;
Row 5, 7: Sl1, p2, (k20, p5) x 3 times total, k20, p3, k1;
Row 6, 8: Sl1, k3, (p20, k5) x 3 times total, p20, k3;
Row 9: Sl1, p2, (ssk x 5 times, k2tog x 5 times, p5) x 3 times total, ssk x 5 times, k2tog x 5 times, p3, k1;
Row 10: Sl1, k3, (p10, k5) x 3 times total, p10, k3;
Row 11: Sl1, p2, (sk2p, ssk, k2tog, sk2p, p1, p3tog, p1) x 3 times total, sk2p, ssk, k2tog, sk2p, p3tog, k1;
Row 12: Sl1, k3, (p4, k3) x 3 times total, p4, k3;

Cut yarn leaving enough for sewing. Thread yarn end from cast on and sew your hat together from edges. If you arrive to the top, fasten yarn and wave in end. Take the other yarn end and sew the top of the hat. Make a pom pom and sew it on.

Pattern for circular needles for knitting in rounds

Chunky cable hat knitting patternCast on 60 stitches.

Knit 15 rows of 2:2 ribbing (knit 2, purl 2).

Purl 1 row.

Prep for pattern:

Rnds 1 & 2: p2, (k10, p5) x 3 times total, k10, p3;
Rnd 3: p2, (k1, [inc1, k1] x 9 times total, p5) x 3 times total, k1, (inc1, k1]) x 9 times total, p3;
Rnd 4: p2, (k19, p5) x 3 times total, k19, p3;
Rnd 5: p2, (inc1, [k1, inc1] x 9 times total, knit 2 stitches into next stitch, inc1, [k1, inc1] x 9 times total, p5) x 3 times total, inc1, [k1, inc1] x 9 times total, knit 2 stitches into next stitch, inc1, [k1, inc1] x 9 times total, p3;
Rnd 6: p2, (k40, p5) x 3 times total, k40, p3;

Start with the cable pattern:

Rnds 1 & 2: p2, (k40, p5) x 3 times total, k40, p3;
Rnd 3: p2, (10/10 CR, 10/10 CL, p5) x 3 times total, 10/10 CR, 10/10 CL, p3;
Rnds 4 to 16: p2, (k40, p5) x 3 times total, k40, p3;

Repeat rounds 1 to 16 in total of 3 times (2 if you want less chunky back).

Start with decreases:

Rnd 1: p2, (ssk x 10 times, k2tog x 10 times, p5) x 3 times total, ssk x 10 times, k2tog x 10 times, p3;
Rnd 2: p2, (k20, p5) x 3 times total, k20, p3;
Rnd 3: p2, (5/5 CR, 5/5 CL, p5) x 3 times total, 5/5 CR, 5/5 CL, p3;
Rnds 4 to 8: p2, (k20, p5) x 3 times total, k20, p3;
Rnd 9: p2, (ssk x 5 times, k2tog x 5 times, p5) x 3 times total, ssk x 5 times, k2tog x 5 times, p3;
Rnd 10: p2, (k10, p5) x 3 times total, k10, p3;
Rnd 11: p2, (sk2p, ssk, k2tog, sk2p, p1, p3tog, p1) x 3 times total, sk2p, ssk, k2tog, sk2p, p3tog;
Rnd 12: p2, (k4, p3) x 3 times total, k4, p1;

king size winter hat pattern

Cut yarn leaving enough for sewing and sew the top of the hat. Make a pom pom and sew it on.

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