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Lucky Horseshoe Cable Knit Hat

This free knit hat pattern features lovely cables and fluffy yarn. It's an unexpectedly lovely combination!

Lucky Horseshoe Cable Knit Hat
Lucky Horseshoe Cable Knit Hat
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Self-striping yarn has been sweeping the knitting nation, and patterns like the Lucky Horseshoe Cable Knit Hat are the reason why. These skeins feature pleasing-to-the-eye color combinations that make a finished piece look so much more put-together. We love the tan and pink color scheme of this hat, and the traveling cables make it look like a luxury accessory. The soft halo of the yarn is sure to keep you cozy all winter long, and it's a quick enough knit that you can easily whip up two or three in a week.


Knitting Needle Size10 or 6 mm, 10.5 or 6.5 mm, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

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

Gauge15 sts and 20 rows = 4" [10 cm] with larger needles in stocking stitch.

Finished SizeOne size to fit adult.

Materials List

  • Caron® Latte Cakes™ (8.8 oz/250 g; 530 yds/485 m): Olive Peppercorn (22031) - 1 ball

    Note: 1 ball will make 2 hats.
  • Set of 4 sizes U.S. 10 [6 mm] and U.S. 10½ [6.5 mm] double-pointed knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Cable needle. Stitch marker.



With set of smaller needles, cast on 72 sts. Join in rnd, placing marker on first st.

1st rnd: *P1. K1tbl. Rep from * around.

Rep last rnd for ribbing for 2" [5 cm].

Next rnd: M1. *Rib 3 sts. M1. Rib 2 sts. M1. Rep from * to last 7 sts. (Rib 2 sts. M1) 3 times. K1tbl. 102 sts.

Change to set of larger needles and proceed in pat as follows:

1st to 3rd rnds: *K12. P2. K1tbl. P2. Rep from * around.
4th rnd: *C6B. C6F. P2. K1tbl. P2. Rep from * around.
5th and 6th rnds: *K12. P2. K1tbl. P2. Rep from * around.

Rep last 6 rnds 4 times more.

  1. Shape top:

    1st rnd: *ssk. K8. K2tog. P2. K1tbl. P2. Rep from * around. 90 sts.
    2nd rnd: *K10. P2. K1tbl. P2. Rep from * around.
    3rd rnd: *ssk. K6. K2tog. P2. K1tbl. P2. Rep from * around. 78 sts.
    4th rnd:*C4B. C4F. P2. K1tbl. P2. Rep from * around.
    5th rnd: *ssk. K4. K2tog. P2. K1tbl. P2. Rep from * around. 66 sts.
    6th rnd: *K6. P2. K1tbl. P2. Rep from * around.
    7th rnd: *ssk. K2. K2tog. P2. K1tbl. P2. Rep from * around. 54 sts.
    8th rnd: *C2B. C2F. P2tog. K1tbl. P2togtbl. Rep from * around. 42 sts.
    9th rnd: *ssk. K2tog. P1. K1tbl. P1. Rep from* around. 30 sts.
    10th rnd: *ssk. K2tog. K1tbl. Rep from * around. 18 sts.

    Break yarn, leaving a long end. Thread yarn through rem sts and fasten securely.

    Pompom: Wind yarn around 4  ngers approx 120 times. Remove from  ngers and tie tightly in center. Cut through both side of loops. Trim to a smooth round shape. Sew to top of Hat.


Slip next (2-3) stitches onto cable needle and leave at back of work. K1(2-3) then K1(2-3) from cable needle.
Slip next 1(2-3) stitches onto cable needle and leave at front of work. K1(2-3), then K1(2-3) from cable needle
Make 1 stitch by picking up horizontal loop lying before next stitch and knitting into back of loop
Knit next 2 stitches together
Knit next stitch through the back loop
Purl next 2 stitches together throughthe backloop
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