One of the big crochet trends I am seeing this fall is texture. Whether it is on a hat, scarf, sweater, cowl, mittens, blanket, it is all about that texture. Playing with textures in crochet is one of my favorite things about designing.
When it comes to crochet textures, cables are the ultimate. I was first introduced to cables a couple years ago when I made this Cabled Slouchy Beanie by Stephanie from All About Ami. Ever since I made that hat, I have had a love affair with all things crochet cables and textures. It opened a whole new world to me.
I mean really look at all that awesome texture in the pic above (but please excuse my wild and crazy hair, it does what it wants LOL).
If you’ve never tried anything like this hat before, don’t worry, the only special stitch you need to know is the Front Post Treble Crochet. If you are unfamiliar with making post stitches Tamara over at Moogly has a fantastic video tutorial showing you where exactly to insert your hook.
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- 1 skein of #4/Worsted Weight Big Twist Yarns: Premium 3.5 ounces/137 yds per skein I used the color called Ocean.
- 6mm/J Clover Amour Crochet Hook *(aff link)
- Needle to weave in ends
Gauge and Sizing
- Gauge: 8 BLO sc x 6 rows = 2 inches
- Finished Hat Measures: 9 in wide x 9 inches tall
- I use US Terminology
- Ch(s): chain(s)
- Dc: double crochet
- Sl st: slip stitch
- FpTr: Front Post Treble Crochet
- St(s): stitch(es)
- Sc2tog: Single crochet 2 together, single crochet decrease
- Sc: single crochet
- BLO: back loop only
Ch 2 does not count as a dc.
I have also made this with Red Heart Super Saver (the gold hat below) with very close to the same results. It was a teensy bit smaller though. I think a better yarn substitution would be something like Red Heart with Love, as its a little thicker yarn.
If you want to make this hat in a bigger or smaller size modify the length of your band accordingly and be sure your stitches in Round 1 end up being a multiple of 8. Then just add more or less rounds until you get the desired size.
HoneyComb Cabled Beanie Pattern
Row 1: Ch 9, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each across. Turn (8)
Row 2-56: Ch 1, Working in BLO, sc in same st as ch 1 and in each across. (8)
At the end of last row join your band together at the corner with a sl st. We will come back later and whip stitch the rest of the band closed.
Rnd 1: Ch 2, dc evenly around. Join to top of 1st dc with sl st. (56)
Rnd 2: Ch 2, Dc in same st as ch 2 and in next st. Skip 1 st. Dc in next 2 sts. Working in front of the 2 dc you just made, FpTc around skipped st. Skip 2 sts FpTc around next. Working behind the FpTc, dc in the 2 skipped sts. *Dc in next 2 sts. Skip 1 st. dc in next 2 sts. Working in front of the 2 dc you just made, FpTc around skipped st. Skip 2 sts FpTc around next. Working behind the FpTc, dc in the 2 skipped sts. Repeat from * around. Join to top of 1st dc with sl st. (56 sts/7 groups of cables)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, Dc in same st as ch 2 and in next st. Skip 2 sts, FpTc around the FpTc from previous round. Working behind the FpTc, dc in the 2 skipped sts. Skip 1 st. Dc in next 2. Working in front of the 2 dc you just made, FpTc around skipped st. *Dc in next 2 sts. Skip 2 sts, FpTc around the FpTc from previous round. Working behind the FpTc, dc in the 2 skipped sts. Skip 1 st. Dc in next 2. Working in front of the 2 dc you just made, FpTc around skipped st. Repeat from * around. Join to top of 1st dc with sl st. (56 stst/ 7 groups of cables)
Rnd 4-11: repeat rnds 2 and 3
Rnd 12-14: ch 1, sc2tog starting in same st as ch 1, Sc2tog around. Join to top of 1st sc2tog with sl st.
Counting is not necessary for these last 3 rounds, since we are just using the sc2tog as a means of cinching the hat together. If your stitches don’t end up exact that’s ok, just fudge it and move on to the next round.
At the end of round 14, finish off and cut your yarn, thread it through your tapestry needle and weave the yarn in and out around the small remaining hole, cinch it and put a couple stitches in it to secure.
Moving back down to the band of the hat, use your tapestry needle to whip stitch the band closed.
Weave in all ends.
Honeycomb Cable Photo Tutorial
I have had a lot of requests for a tutorial showing how to do the cable portion of this hat. So here we go, I am going to show you how to do 1 cable section in rounds 2 and 3.
Picture 1 shows the 2 dc, skip 1, 2 dc. Moving on to Picture 2, you are going to work back across the front of the last 2 dc you just made and FpTc around the skipped dc. Your FpTc will lay across your 2 dc. Then you will skip 2 dc and FpTc around the next dc like in Picture 3. Then go back and dc in each skipped dc like in Picture 4.
After that your cable should be looking like the picture above. Continue around the hat and lets move to Round 3.
Picture 5 and 6 show 2 dc, skip 2 dc and FpTc around the FpTc from the previous round. Then working behind the FpTc you just made (picture 7) make a dc in each of the 2 skipped stitches. At this point it should look like picture 8.
Then not counting the 1st FpTc from the previous round because we filled that stitch with a FpTc, skip 1 stitch (which is a FpTc) and dc in next 2 stitches (which are the 2 dc’s from the previous round), it should look like picture 9. Then working across the front of the 2 dc you just made, go back and make a FpTc around the skipped FpTc from the previous round (picture 10). Continue around the hat.