Richly textured cable hat

Everyone needs a cabled hat and this one combines classic looks with fun to work crown shaping and bobbles.

Ilo is worked in the round from the bottom up. Instructions are given for the neat beanie style or watch-cap with folded brim. The ribbing on both versions is deep enough to cover the ears, and flows into the cable pattern in a pleasing way. Bobbles not your thing? Try taking them out and working the diamonds in a textured pattern such as moss stitch. Shown in De Rerum Natura Gilliatt in Nuit, the rounded 3-ply structure is our favourite for thick 3 dimensional cables. Ilo was originally knit in Julie Asselin’s Nurtured, a rounded, puffy yarn that gives an incredible three dimensional effect to the cables.


Skills for knitting this project

Build your skills by following the links to our clear step-by-step tutorials.

  • knitting, purling
  • casting on, binding off
  • working in the round
  • cabling (using a chart)
  • make one increases
  • k2tog decreases
  • ssk decreases

Optional Techniques


17 sts and 22 rnds = 4" / 10cm in st st in the rnd with size A needles


2 styles available, a neat beanie style or a watch-cap with folded brim.

Finished circumference 19½” / 48cm Finished length: 8½ [11½]” / 21[29]cm



Shown in De Rerum Natura Gilliatt (100% Merino, 273 yds / 250m, 100g) in Nuit
Shown in Julie Asselin Nurtured (100% fine Wool, 130yds / 118m, 56g) in Homme Fort [Irma]

Needles and notions

Size A: US 8 / 5mm 16" / 40cm circular and dpns or preferred needles for working small circumferences in the rnd,
Size B: US 6 / 4mm 16" / 40cm circular
For watchcap only: Size C: US 7 / 4.5mm 16" / 40cm circular

Version information