cascade 220 superwash wool

Hunting for the Perfect Cabled Beanie Pattern

Surprise – a friend is coming to visit for his birthday. So I’m on the hunt for the perfect cabled beanie pattern.
I don’t knit for everyone’s birthday, but our friend’s grandmother is a knitter and crocheter, so he knows the value of the work. Plus, he admired Jesse’s beanie when we saw him last. That’s knitworthy.

I already have the yarn – grey Cascade 220. It’s got a nice round profile, so cables will stand out beautifully. Plus, superwash! That’s best for gifts.

cascade 220 superwash wool

(Check out my knitting tattoo – that might be a post in its own right!)

All I need now is the right cabled beanie pattern… Here’s the shortlist.

Cúram Beanie – Ysolda

Curam beanie by Ysolda

The shaping on this beanie reminds me of mountains – mountains are very special to my friend, which would be a nice touch. But it looks a little yarn-hungry for my single skien.

Habitat Hat – Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed 

Habitat Hat by Brooklyn Tweed
I love the dense cabling on this hat, and how it merges into the shaping.

Traveling Cable Hat – Purl Soho

 Purl Soho beanie Knitting pattern
Enough cables for you? I can’t decide if I like how the different cable patterns work together or not!

Men’s Ski Hat – Irina Dmitrieva

Men's ski hat

I like the interlocking look of these cables. In fact, the indie designer has a ton of amazing patterns – lots of cabled watchcaps and lace berets.
Heavily cabled hat by Impeccable Knits
Click through and have a look at this pattern – this hat with backstory about whiskey! (Whiskey – that would be a good birthday gift if I don’t get the hat knit!)

The Natural – Homero Luna

Simple cables for a quick-to-knit boyfriend hat

Nice simple cables. This is a classic cabled beanie pattern!

Close Cables Hat – Anna and Heidi Pickles

Close cabelled hat with pom pom

This one has been in my list to make you for a while: I love the plumb, snug look of the cables.

Father Cables – Veronika Jobe

Cable beanie pattern with interlocking cables.
This is one of the most elaborate hats on the list. It’s very densely cabled: and I love how the cables interlock! Despite the complexity of the pattern, it is free – something I always appreciate!

It’s in Your DNA Hat – Frannie Whelan

Hat with DNA cable
Love the DNA pattern! I think I need to use that cable pattern on something for my niece – but I’m not sure if it’s right for my friend?

Winter Femme Cabled Beanie Pattern – Diana Gates 

Free cabled beanie pattern
I’ve knit this hat before… but I have got to get better about my rav projects! It’s an easy, fast knit and I love how the cables flow from the ribbing. I also like this lattice cable hat from the same designer.

Knotty But Nice – Natalie Larson

free cable beanie pattern
This pattern is from an old issue of Knitty, so you know it’s been knit a lot! I like the interlocking cable lattice, and the way it comes together at the crown. This issue of Knitty was a good one – it also contains the eternal Citron.
So those are the patterns… now all I have to do is cast on.

As I wrote this post, I have been listening to news of the earthquakes in New Zealand. As far as I know, all my friends and whānau are safe, but it is a worrying time. Knitting can help with stress, so I’m going to cast on a beanie.

 If you want to help, the best thing to do at this stage is to sign the petition to assure Radio New Zealand’s future. It’s a life saver.

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