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Arctic Sunset Cable Hat

Dazzle your friends and family with the lovely Arctic Sunset Cable Hat. You can stay warm in true knitting style with this fun cabled hat, a modern take on more traditional patterns. This knit hat pattern will take a little bit of attention to finish; it follows a more irregular pattern, unlike most repetitive cable patterns, so you will need to keep an eye on this project as you knit it.


Knitting Needle Size9 or 5.5 mm

Yarn Weight(5) Bulky/Chunky (12-15 stitches for 4 inches)

To fit average lady.


  • Bernat Roving (100 g/3.5 oz; 109 m/120 yds) 1 ball #00071 Plum
  • Sizes 5.5 mm (U.S. 9) and 6.5 mm (U.S. 10½) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Cable needle

12 sts and 16 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] with larger needles in stocking st.


With smaller needles, cast on 63 sts.
Work 1½ ins [4 cm] in (K1. P1) ribbing, ending with a WS row.
Next row: (Inc row). K3. *M1. K2. M1. K3.
Rep from * to end of row. 87 sts.
Change to larger needles and purl 1 row.
1st row: (RS). K1. *P1. Slip next 4 sts onto a cable needle and leave at front of work. K4, then K4 from cable needle – C8F made. Slip next 4 sts onto a cable needle and leave at back of work. K4, then K4 from cable needle – C8B made. Rep from * to last st. K1.
2nd row: P1. (P16. K1) 5 times. P1.
3rd row: K1. (P1. K16) 5 times. K1.
4th to 9th rows: As 2nd and 3rd rows 3 times more.
10th row: P1. (P15. P2tog) 5 times. P1. 82 sts.
11th row: K5. (C8F. C8B) 4 times. C8F. K5.
12th and alt rows: Purl.
13th, 15th, 17th and 19th rows: Knit.
21st row: K1. (C8F. C8B) 5 times. K1.
Work 3 rows in stocking st.
Shape top: 1st row: (RS). (K3. K2tog) 16 times. K2. 66 sts.
2nd and alt rows: Purl.
3rd row: (K2. K2tog) 16 times. K2. 50 sts.
5th row: (K1. K2tog) 16 times. K2. 34 sts.
7th row: (K2tog) 17 times. 17 sts. Break yarn, leaving a long end, draw through all sts tightly. Fasten securely. Sew back seam.



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Wouldn't recommend this one. Knits up very small as another commenter below has mentioned. Would be child-sized. Also as several other people have mentioned the instructions are incorrect for the increase row - ended up with too many stitches following these instructions. Disappointing as the pattern itself is nice.

I also cannot get to 87 stitches on the increase row. I ripped out that row 5 times trying different combinations. Is there an error in the instructions?

Hello fcm1946 7383872! I just verified the pattern from the original source and it is posted correctly on our site. Perhaps you can try directly contacting Bernat, the designer of the pattern, to see if there have been any patterns updates? Hope this helps! -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

I am to make this for a granddaughter for Christmas (this pattern by request). first row is k3, then there are 9 stitches total per set for the increase row. That does not equal 87 - - 3 9 x 9 = 84. Is there a k 3 at the end?

The patterns does work, there is a K3 at the end, since that is the end of the directions, for each set of 5 stitches on the needle you are increasing 2, so that is 12 set increases of 2 stitches equal 24 plus 63 equals 87.

May I ask what do C8F C8B mean??

Hello! C8F means "cable 8 front" and C8B means "cable 8 back." Hope this helps! - Kathryn, Editor of

Started with 63 stitches. Did the M1,K2,M1,K3. Pattern says u end up with 87 stitches. I ended up with 80. What am I doing wrong

For each set of 5 stitches on the needle you are increasing 2, so that is 12 set increases of 2 stitches equal 24 plus 63 equals 87.

I love the pattern, but it has knitted up much too small - better for a child! Any ideas please? Larger needles or more stitches. Can I cast on more, ie. 9 sts (I think) and what about the length? Look forward to your reply. Many thanks.

I need to know what does M1.k2.m1.k3 meant?

M1 means make 1 stitch-an increase, then follow with knitting 2stitches, then M1-do another increase.

I have to use a size 13 needle on this because my knitting is too tight. However, in trying a swatch, the 13 needle doesn't result in a very close knit. My daughter lives in the mountains, and I'm afraid it won't be very warm. Any ideas? Thanks!


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