Niamh cabled beanie - knitting pattern

Niamh is a Hat that will take you on a journey through sideways cables, and along the way you’ll explore short rows and button bands too. This pretty and practical Hat won’t disappoint either in its construction or its wearing.

Skills required:
 Knit & purl sts, short rows (w&t), cables, picking up sts, buttonholes, stretchy bind-off

Gauge : 22 sts x 32 rows to 4in/10cm on 3.75mm needles over St.St. 
 28 sts x 32 rows to 4in/10cm on 3.75mm needles over Cable pattern


  • Illustrated knitting pattern
  • Metric and imperial measurements
  • Sizes to fit 18 (21, 24) in/45.75 (53.25, 61) cm (Finished size 15 (18, 21) in/38 (45.75, 53.25) cm)
  • Written & charted instructions; illustrated tutorial for Short Rows

Materials you need at home:

  • 130 (178, 233) yd/118 (162, 212) m DK weight, plied yarn (Sample shown in Biggan Design First Cross Merino DK (115yd/105m per 50g; 100% Merino)) , 
* 36yd/33m yarn for a 6x6in/15x15cm swatch in St.St.

  • Pair 3.75mm/UK9/US5 straight needles or size needed to obtain gauge

  • 5 x 0.75in/2cm buttons

  • Stitch marker as necessary

  • Cable needle

  • Tapestry needle
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