Knitting

Chunky Braided Beanie

Welcome to my free pattern for this chunky braided cable beanie!

What you’ll need:

  • Approximately 300 meters or 330 yards of aran weight yarn. Two strands of aran weight yarn are used together for this project (chunky weight yarn could be substituted instead) I’m using Women’s Institute Pink Soft and Smooth Tweed Aran Yarn.
  • US Size 10.5 (6.5mm) 16″ circular knitting needles.
  • US Size 13 (9mm) 16″ circular knitting needles
  • US Size 13 (9mm) Double Pointed Knitting needles (optional)
  • Stitch marker(s)
  • Large sewing needle
  • Scissors
  • 6 inch faux fur pom pom – I get mine here (optional)

Abbreviations:

  • K – Knit
  • P – Purl
  • M1 – Make 1 stitch
  • SSK – Slip Slip Knit
  • K2tog – Knit two stitches together
  • CO – cast on
  • 6/6 RC – Slip 6 stitches onto the cable needle and hold in back, knit 6 stitches from working needle and then knit the 6 stitches from the cable needle
  • 6/6 LC – Slip 6 stitches onto the cable needle and hold in front, knit 6 stitches from the working needle and then knit the 6 stitches from the cable needle
  • Sts – Stitches
  • (pm) – Place marker
  • * – Repeat sequence

Notes:

Approximate time to knit this Beanie: 2 hours.

Difficulty: intermediate/ experienced – knowledge of increases, cables, decreases and knitting in the round required

Gauge: 12 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches or 10 cm

This pattern uses a long tail cast on.

The cable design of this pattern is knit over an 8 row repeat.

Each cable is separated by a stitch marker to make the pattern easy to follow – I would suggest using a different marker for the start of the round.

The stitches made in the increase round are highlighted in bold to make this part easier to read.

The pattern

CO 60 sts using 6.5mm circular needles on join in the round being careful not to twist the stitches, Place a stitch marker to mark the beginning/ end of each round.

Ribbing

K2,P2 until piece measures 5cm/2inches from CO edge.

Increase round: *M1, K1, M1, K1, M1, P2, M1, K2, M1, P2, M1, K1, M1, K1, M1, P2 until end of round (100)

Chart as below:

Key:

  = Purl

 = Make 1

 = Knit

Body

Change to 9mm needles

Cable pattern:

Round 1: *K18, P2 (pm) until end of round

Round 2: *K18, P2 (pm) until end of round

Round 3: *K6, 6/6 RC, P2 (pm) until end of round

Round 4: *K18, P2 (pm) until end of round

Round 5: *K18, P2 (pm) until end of round

Round 6: *K18, P2 (pm) until end of round

Round 7: *6/6 LC, K6, P2 (pm) until end of round

Round 8: *K18, P2 (pm) until end of round

Repeat cable pattern twice more (three times total) or until desired length.

Decrease

(Change to DPN if necessary)

Round 1: *K18, P2tog until end of round (95)

Round 2: *SSK,K14, K2tog, P1 until end of round (85)

Round 3: *K5, Slip 5 sts onto cable needle and hold in back, K6, K5 off of cable needle, P1 until end of round(85)

Round 4: *SSK, SSK, K8, K2tog, K2tog, P1 until end of round (65)

Round 5: *K12, P1 until end of round (65)

Round 6: *SSK, SSK, SSK, K2tog K2tog, K2tog, P1 until end of round (35)

Round 7: *SSK, K2tog, K2tog, P1 until end of round (20)

Cut yarn and thread end through remaining stitches. Pull tight to close and weave in ends.

To finish your beanie secure faux fur pom pom to top!

I also made one in my favourite mustard colour!

If you make your own chunky cable beanie with this pattern, I would love to see it! You can share your photos on my Facebook page, tag me on Twitter (@zocreates) or Instagram (@zoe.creates) and you can use the hashtag #zoecreates.

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Happy Making!

Zoe

 

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