The Layla Cable Hat (Crochet)
I’m back at it again with a hat pattern! Are you new here? If you are, hats are frequent on this blog. I won’t deny that I’m addicted to beanies and anything to keep my head cozy, but it could be worse. This hat isn’t just any hat, though. It happens to be named after one of my favorite people, Layla (What’s up, Layla? I know your mom is going to show you this post). I hope she thinks this hat is as cute as she is!
It also holds a special place in my heart for another reason too. Now, I’m not about to openly admit that I’m jealous of knitters (I’m lying. I’ve been working on slowly teaching myself to knit), but they have these beautiful big cable beanies trending all over social media. I’ve honestly been staring at them for the last few months wishing my skill set was strong enough to knit one myself. While I understand the stitches, I’m still struggling to get my tension right. Then, it dawned on me . . . I could totally crochet one! Admittedly, it’s not exactly the same as the knitted beanies, but I’m so in love with the texture and the way the cable turned out. Mostly, I’m just happy to share this crochet alternative with you all! The best part is that this hat whips up in no time! Don’t worry if chunky beanies aren’t exactly you’re thing. I’m working on converting this pattern into a medium weight yarn version as well!
I won’t take up any more of your time because we all know the pattern is what everyone came for! So, as always, you’re free to sell any hats you make using this pattern, but please credit and link back to this post whenever possible! You can find me on Instagram (@i_can_knot_even) and tag me in your creations so I can connect with you all. I also do a little happy dance when I see others enjoying my patterns. Lastly, don’t forget to pin this post to your Pinterest boards so you can easily find it later if you don’t have time to try it out now!
The Layla Beanie Pattern:
- · Size 5 bulky yarn ( I used “I love this yarn chunky”).
- · 8mm OR 9 mm crochet hook ( I tried this pattern using both hooks. The 8mm gave a slightly more fitted hat and the 9 mm gave a slightly slouchier hat. However, I did prefer the look of the cable and the way the hat laid a little bit more using the 9mm hook.)
- · Yarn needle for weaving in ends
- · Scissors
- · CH- chain
- · DC- double crochet
- · FPDC- front post double crochet
- · BPDC- back post double crochet
- · FPTC- front post treble crochet ( Yarn over 2 times before working around the stitch. Then, yarn over and pull through 2 loops 3 times).
- · FPQC- front post quadruple crochet ( Yarn over 3 times before working around the stitch. Then, yarn over and pull through 2 loops 4 times.)
- · SLST- slip stitch
- · 2tog- two together. Specifically, in this pattern, this means grabbing 2 stitches on your crochet hook and working either a BPDC or FPDC around the pair of them to turn them into one stitch.
· CH 1 at the beginning of the round never counts as a stitch. Its purpose is to create a straight seam up the back of the hat.
· You’ll need to be comfortable using BPDC and FPDC for this entire hat. I have tried to be as descriptive as possible throughout the pattern though, so hopefully even beginners can create this hat!
Let’s get started:
CH 42. SLST into the first chain to create a loop.
Round 1: CH 1. In the same stitch, DC. Then place 1 DC in every stitch around. SLST into the top of the first DC to close the round.
Round 2-4: CH 1. FPDC around the first DC from the previous round. Then, BPDC around the next stitch from the previous round. Continue alternating between FPDC and BPDC until you reach the end of the round ( You should end on a BPDC). SLST into the top of the first FPDC to close the round. This will create the “ribbing” for the brim of the hat.
Round 5-7: CH1. BPDC around the first 12 stitches from the previous round. Then, FPDC around the next 6 stitches (these 6 stiches are going to turn into the cable). BPDC around the remaining 24 stitches. SLST into the top of the first BPDC to close the round.
Round 8 (cable round): CH 1. BPDC around the first 12 stitches from the previous round. Skip 3 stitches. FPTC around the next 2 stitches. FPQC around the next stitch. Return to the 3 skipped stiches. FPQC around the first skipped stitch. Then, FPTC around the next 2 skipped stitches ( You have now created the cable “twist”). BPDC around the remaining 24 stitches. SLST into the top of the first BPDC to close the round.
Round 9-11: Repeat rounds 5-7. IMPORTANT NOTE: The first round immediately after the cabling round is the trickiest round of this whole pattern. Since you have created a “twist”, you will have to sort of peel your way to reveal the first 3 stitches that are hidden underneath the others. It is important to work around these hidden 3 stitches first, as it will correctly lengthen the “twist” from the previous round. Then, you will begin to see the cable formed.
Round 12: Repeat round 8
Round 13-15: Repeat rounds 9-11
Round 16: CH 1. BPDC around the first 12 stitches from the previous round. Then, FPDC 2tog. FPDC around each of the next 2 stitches. FPDC 2tog. BPDC around the remaining 24 stitches. SLST into the top of the first BPDC to close the round.
Round 17: CH 1. BPDC around the first 12 stitches from the previous round. Then, FPDC 2tog. FPDC 2tog, again. BPDC in the remaining 24 stitches. SLST into the top of the first BPDC to close the round.
Round 18: CH 1. BPDC 2tog 6 times (you are decreasing the original 12 BPDC to 6 BPDC). FPDC 2tog. Then BPDC 2tog 12 times ( You are decreasing the original 24 remaining BPDC to 12 BPDC.) SLST into the top of the first BPDC to close the round.
Round 19: CH 1. BPDC 2tog 3 times ( You are decreasing the 6 BPDC from the previous round to 3 BPDC). FPDC around the next stitch. BPDC 2tog 6 times ( You are decreasing the 12 BPDC from the previous round to 6 BPDC). SLST into the top of the first BPDC to close the round. Tie of your work. You’re almost done!
To finish the hat: Turn the hat inside out. Use a scrap piece of yarn to weave in and out of the tops of the remaining stitches on the hat. Then, pull it closed like a draw string. Weave in your ends and now, turn your hat right side out. All that is left to do is add a pom pom to the top. You did it!!