Caramel Cable Hat

The thick cables on this hat will keep your ears extra warm during cold winter days. The hat is knit at a fairly tight gauge, so please check the notes about gauge and size in order to get the right length.

Caramel Cable: Mütze mit Zopfmuster

deutsch German pattern (deutsche Anleitung)


Yardage Information: I did not use up the whole two balls of yarn, but only 70g total. That’s about 184 yards, if you want to substitute a different worsted weight yarn.

Finished size

The finished hat fits me and my 56cm (women’s medium) head snugly. If you want a bigger hat, you can knit this pattern with 4mm (US 6) needles.

The original hat is 22 cm (8.5″) long and fits a head with a circumference of approx. 54-56 cm (21-22″). The original yarn has a standard gauge of 19 sts/10 cm (4″), but is knit up tightly here on small needles. My gauge over 10 cm (4″) of stockinette stitch with this yarn and the 3.5 mm needles is 22 stitches.

Some people have told me that their hat came out too long, so if you’re using a different yarn, larger needles, or your row gauge is off, you might consider leaving out one of the pattern repeats of chart B.


In stockinette stitch, knit with 3.5mm (US 4) needles, 22 stitches and 30 rows equal 10cm (4″).

Measured over the main cable pattern, 32 stitches equal 10cm (4″).


k: knit
p: purl

k2tog: knit two stitches together
p2tog: purl two stitches together

SSK: slip, slip, knit (slip two stitches indivudually as if to knit, then insert the left needle from the left through both stitches and knit them through the back.

Right Twist
For the small cable, only two stitches are crossed, like this:

K2tog, but do not slip the stitches from the left needel; insert right needle tip betwwen the two stitches just worked and knit the first stitch again, slip both stitches off the left needle.

In the pattern, Right Twist is abbreviated as „RT„.

For the large cable, slip 4 stitches onto a cable needle and keep it in the back of your work. Knit the following 4 stitches. Now knit the 4 stitches from the cable needle.

In the pattern, this is abbreviated as „C4B„.

In the decrease section, the cable will gradually become smaller. If the pattern states C3B, put only 3 stitches on the cable needle, knit the next 3 stitches, then the 3 stitches from the cable needle. For the C2B, do the same with 2 stitches on the cable needle.


Cast on 126 stitches with 3.5 mm needles (US 4). Divide stitches onto three or four needles (whichever you prefer) and join to knit in the round. Mark the beginning of the round.

round 1: *k2, p1*
(repeat the part between the two * until you reach the end of round 1. This applies to the instruction for the following rounds as well.)

round 2: *4x(k2, p1), RT, p1, k2, p1*

Repeat rounds 1 and 2 four more times. (=10 rounds)

Chart A

Diagramm A
The chart legend can be found at the bottom of this page.

round 11, 13, 15 and 17: *k8, p4, k2, p4*

round 12: *C4B, p4, RT, p4*

round 14, 16 and 18: *k8, p4, RT, p4*

Repeat rounds 11 through 18 three more times (=42 rounds total)

Chart B

Diagramm B

round 43: *k8 , p2tog , p2, k2, p2, p2tog* (=112 stitches)

round 44: *C4B, p3, RT, p3*

round 45, 47 and 49: *k8, p3, k2; p3*

round 46, 48 and 50: *k8, p3, RT, p3*

round 51: *k2 , SSK, k2tog , k2, p3, k2, p3* (=98 stitches)

round 52: *C3B, p3, RT, p3*

round 53 and 55: *k6, p3, k2, p3*

round 54 and 56: *k6, p3, RT, p3*

round 57: *k6, p2tog , p1, k2, p1, p2tog* (=84 stitches)

round 58: *C3B, p2, RT, p2*

round 59 and 61: *k6, p2, k2, p2*

round 60 and 62: *k6, p2, RT, p2*

round 63: *k1 , SSK, k2tog, k1, p2, k2, p2* (=70 stitches)

round 64: *C2B, p2, RT, p2*

round 65: *k4, p2, k2, p2*

round 66: *k4, p2, RT , p2*

round 67: *k4, p2tog , k2tog , p2tog* (=49 stitches)

round 68: *C2B, p1, k1, p1*

round 69: *k4, p1, k1, p1*

round 70: k1, *k2tog* (=25 stitches)

round 71: k1, *k2tog* (=13 stitches)

Chart C

Diagramm C


Break the yarn, leaving a tail of approx. 8 inches. Thread the yarn through the remaining 13 stitches. Pull the yarn tightly, and weave in the end on the inside of the hat.

Weave in all other ends.

Caramel Cable von oben

Chart Legend

Chart Legend
The black boxes represent decreased stitches that are no longer there. Rounds with black boxes have fewer stitches then the previous rounds.