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Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Dreamy Cable Hat | Free Crochet Pattern

The Dreamy Cable Hat is a warm, thick and full of texture crochet hat, featuring a pretty braided cable pattern.

Beautiful crochet braided cable hats

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To make these hats I have used wool yarn from Hobbii, called Dream Colour Yarn, that has very beautiful slow color transitions.

Because the yarn is very thin, a Fingering, Sock yarn, I have crocheted with two yarn strands held together, basically using 2 skeins at the same time. That’s why I have also used a bigger hook size, two times thicker as the recommended hook size written on the yarn label.

If you are allergic to wool yarn, you can replace it with the yarn of your choice, making sure to meet the gauge indicated in the pattern.

Crochet hats with braided cable

Hat Construction: The Hat is worked as one piece from the bottom up in joined rounds, starting with the ribbing, continuing with the hat body, then the top of the hat will be shaped with a few decrease rounds. Finally the stitches on the top edge will be cinched together to close the hole.

Dreamy Cable Hat

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Dreamy Cable Crochet Hat

GAUGE

Gauge for the ribbing using a 5 mm crochet hook: 19 sts = 4" (10cm) in rib pattern stitch: *1 bpdc, 1 fpdc* repeat

Gauge for cable pattern using a 6 mm crochet hook: 2 cable repeats = 18 sts and 10 rounds = 4" x 4" (10cm x 10cm)

The cables are made with a 2 rounds repeat stitch pattern;
the multiple for the stitch pattern is 9!

SIZES:

This hat pattern comes in 2 sizes: child and teen/ adult women.
Child 6-10 years : hat height: 7.87” (20 cm), hat circumference 19”

Teen/Adult Women: hat height 8.66” (22 cm), hat circumference 21”

How to change/adjust hat sizes:
The easiest way to change the size of the hat is to use another yarn and hook size(s)!

I like my hats to have a snug fit, if you prefer them a bit looser on the head, go up with the hook sizes: for the ribbing use a 5.5 mm hook and for the rest of the hat use a 6.5 mm hook. (You might need to adjust the height of the hat!)

You can obtain other sizes by altering the pattern as suggested below:

To change hat circumference, add/subtract sts to start with; the total number of stitches for the ribbing should be a multiple of 2!
For the cable pattern the multiple is 9; so you would need to adjust the number of the stitches of the first round with cables, so that you get a total number of stitches that is a multiple of 9.

To change hat height you can either make more rounds for the ribbing, or make more/ less cable rounds before starting to decrease the top.

Braided cable crochet hat

SUPPLIES:

THE YARN:

You will need 2 skeins of Dream Colour Wool yarn from Hobbii.
You will crochet with both skeins at once, holding the 2 yarn strands together.
You will use approx. half of each skein.

Yarn Content: 100% wool
Yarn Weight: 100 g (3.5 oz) per skein
Yarn Length: 400 m (437 yds)
Yarn Weight: Fingering, Sock

For my hats I have used 2 skeins of the following colorways:
Dream Colour Unicorn (09); Dream Colour Province (21) and Dream Colour Sandy Costline (12)

I'm loving the "Unicorn"colorway!! The child size hat made with Dream Colour "Unicorn" yarn turned out super cute!

Dreamy Cable Crochet Hat, child size

OTHER SUPPLIES:

STITCHES, TERMS (USA terms) AND ABBREVIATIONS:

- ch: chain
- st: stitch
- dc:double crochet
- sk: skip

- fpdc = front post double crochet: Yo, insert your hook from front to back to front around the post of the next stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull thru 2 loops on your hook, yo, pull thru remaining two loops on your hook.

- bpdc = back post double crochet: Yo, insert your hook from back to front to back around the post of the next stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull thru 2 loops on your hook, yo, pull thru remaining two loops on your hook.

- fptr = front post triple crochet: Yo 2 times, insert hook from front to back to front around the post of the next stitch, yo, pull up a loop, (yo, pull thru 2 loops on your hook) 3 times.

- fpdc-dec = Front post double crochet DECREASE: Yo, insert your hook from front to back to front around the post of both next 2 sts at the same time, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull thru 2 loops on your hook, yo, pull thru remaining two loops on your hook.
→ See my Video Tutorial!

- fptr-dec= Front post triple crochet DECREASE: Yo 2 times, insert your hook from front to back to front around the post of both next 2 sts at the same time, yo, pull up a loop, (yo, pull thru 2 loops on your hook) 3 times.

So, to (invisible) decrease the front post double and treble crochet stitches, you will insert the hook around the post of the next 2 indicated stitches and you will continue to complete one fpdc or one fptr as usual. See picture below!

Special Stitch:

Cable: sk next 2 sts, work 1 dc in each of next 2 sts; work 1 fptr around each of the 2 skipped sts going in front of the 2 dc just made; Sk next 2 sts, work 1 fptr around each of next 2 sts; work 1 dc back into each of the 2 skipped sts going behind of the 2 fptr just made

1 Cable will be worked across 8 sts!

NOTES:

  1. The ch1 and ch2 at beg of rounds will not count as a st.
  2. At the end of each round you will slst into the first back post dc st st the beg of the round and not into the ch2.

HAT INSTRUCTIONS

The instructions are written for the child size with changes for the adult women size in the parentheses.

The Ribbing starts here:

With hook size 5 mm, chain 72 sts (80 sts). Being careful not to twist the chains, join with slst to first ch.

Round 1: ch1, work 1 hdc in each st around, join with slst to top of first hdc. Total 72 sts (80 sts)

Note: The first round I have worked into the back bump behind the chains. It's a bit trickier, but it gives a pretty edge.
If you prefer, you can start directly with a row of chainless foundation hdc, then join into round with slst to top of first st. And continued with round 2 below!

Round 2: ch2, work “1bpdc around next hdc, 1 fpdc around next hdc”; repeat from * to * around. Total 72 sts (80 sts)

Rounds 3 - 6: ch2, work “1bpdc around next bpdc, 1 fpdc around next fpdc”; repeat from * to * around.
Total 72 sts (80 sts)
Do not cut yarn! You will continue after the next step with the cable pattern!

Adding stitch markers to last round of the ribbing; preparing for the first cable round!

Take the 8 (9) stitch markers. Insert the first st marker around the post of the first st of the last ribbing round (that's the first bpdc of the round!).
Count 9 stitches from the previous stitch marker and insert the next stitch marker around the post of the 9.st.
Repeat this around, so that in between each 2 stitch markers there are 8 stitches.
(See the picture below!) (For the final repeat of the adult size you will have only 7 stitches in between the last and the first marker at the beginning of the round; this is where you will have to adjust the pattern when working the next round with cables!)

Around the markered stitches you will work the next round 1 bpdc and in between the stitch markers you will work the cable across the 8 sts.

Adding stitch markers to ribbing

Begin Cable Pattern!

Change to hook size 6 mm!!! From now on you will work all the next rounds with the 6 mm hook!
For the adult size you will need an extra stitch from 80 to 81 sts total, so that is a multiple of 9! Add it at the last cable repeat.

Round 1: ch2, *work 1 bpdc around next (marked) st,
sk next 2 sts, work 1 dc in each of next 2 sts;
work 1 fptr around each of the 2 skipped sts going in front of the 2 dc just made;
Sk next 2 sts, work 1 fptr around each of next 2 sts;
work 1 dc back into each of the 2 skipped sts going behind the 2 fptr just made*;
Repeat from * to * around, join with slst to top of the first bpdc.
Total 72 sts (81 sts).

Crochet braided cable first round

You will get 8 cables for the child size and 9 cables for the adult size.

Round 2: ch 2, *work 1 bpdc around next bpdc, 1 fpdc around each 8 sts of the next cable*;
repeat from * to * around, join with slst to top of the first bpdc.
Total 72 sts (81 sts)

Crochet Braided Cable round 2

Rounds 3 - 10 (12): repeat as rounds 1-2 of the cable pattern 5 times (6 times).

Here is how the it should look like after finishing round 12 for the adult size, before starting the decrease round for top shaping. (The hat height is now approx. 6 inches!):

Dreamy Cable Hat Body before decreasing the top

Begin Crown Shaping with Decrease rounds!

Round 1 (decrease each cable from 8 to 6 sts!):
Ch 2, *work 1 bpdc around next bpdc,
sk next 2 fpdc, work 1 dc in each of next 2 fpdc;
going in front of the 2 dc just made, work 1 fptr-dec inserting hook around both 2 skipped sts at the same time;
Sk next 2 fpdc, work 1 fptr-dec inserting hook around both next 2 fpdc at the same time;
going behind the fptr-dec just made, work 1 dc back into each of the 2 skipped sts*;
Repeat from * to * around, join with slst to top of the first bpdc.
Total 56 sts ( 63 sts).
You have decreased 16 sts for the child size and 18 sts for the adult size!

Round 2: ch 2, *work 1 bpdc around next bpdc, 1 fpdc around each 6 sts of the next cable*;
repeat from * to * around, join with slst to top of the first bpdc.
Total 56 sts (63 sts)

Round 3 (decrease each cable from 6 to 4 sts!):
Ch 2, *work 1 bpdc around next bpdc (the marked st)
sk next 2 fpdc, work 1 dc in next fpdc;
going in front of the dc just made, work 1 fptr-dec inserting hook around both 2 skipped sts at the same time;
Sk next fpdc, work 1 fptr-dec inserting hook around both next 2 fpdc at the same time;
going behind the fptr-dec just made, work 1 dc back into the skipped st*;
Repeat from * to * around, join with slst to top of the first bpdc.
Total 40 sts ( 45 sts).
You have decreased 16 sts for the child size and 18 sts for the adult size!

Round 4: ch 2, *work 1 bpdc around next bpdc, 1 fpdc around each 4 sts of the next cable*;
repeat from * to * around, join with slst to top of the first bpdc.
Total 40 sts (45 sts)

Round 5: (Decrease the fpdc sts in between the bpdc sts from 4 to 3):
ch 2, *work 1 bpdc around next bpdc, 1 fpdc around each of next 2 fpdc,
1 fpdc-dec inserting hook around both next 2 sts at the same time*;
repeat from * to * around, join with slst to top of the first bpdc.
Total 32 sts (36 sts).
You have decreased 8 sts for the child size and 9 sts for the adult size!

Round 6: (Decrease the fpdc sts in between the bpdc sts from 3 to 2):
ch 2, *work 1 bpdc around next bpdc, 1 fpdc around next fpdc, 1 fpdc-dec inserting hook around both next 2 sts at the same time*;
repeat from * to * around, join with slst to top of the first bpdc.
Total 24 sts (27 sts).
You have decreased 8 sts for the child size and 9 sts for the adult size!

Round 7: (Decrease the fpdc sts in between the bpdc sts from 2 to 1):
ch 2, *work 1 bpdc around next bpdc, 1 fpdc-dec inserting hook around both next 2 fpdc at the same time*;
repeat from * to * around, join with slst to top of the first bpdc.
Total 16 sts (18 sts).
You have decreased 8 sts for the child size and 9 sts for the adult size!

Cut yarn leaving a long tail that will be used to close the hole on top of the hat and to sew the pom pom onto the hat.

CLOSING THE HOLE ON TOP OF THE HAT

Turn the hat inside out, thread yarn needle with the long yarn tail and weave yarn through ends of last round; pull the yarn tight to close the hole. Secure by weaving the yarn through for a few more times, then fasten off!

closing the hole on top of a crochet hat

ADD A POMPOM

Turn the hat on the right side and sew a faux fur pompom on top of the hat. And you're done!

braided cable crochet hat, women size

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Dreamy Cable Hat
Written Instructions and Pictures COPYRIGHT © Dec.2022 Kinga Erdem.

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Kinga

4 comments:

  1. Is there a pdf I can buy without all the ads???

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    1. Hi, I don't sell pdf's. But here is how to print my patterns:
      Using a PC, take a look at the sharing buttons below the pattern! If you click on the right green sharing button, you will have more sharing options. Between them is "Print Friendly". Click on that and it will transform the pattern into pdf or you can print it out. If you select the unwanted images/text you can delete them and only print what you need.
      I hope this helps!
      Kinga

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