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Cable Newsboy Hat Knitting Pattern

This knit newsboy hat pattern is a serious blast from the past!

Knit an adorable newsboy cap with crochet button strap and cable detailing. This cable hat knitting pattern from Red Heart Yarn is stylish and fun, and allows intermediate knitters to practice cabling.

Knit Cable Newsboy Cap


  • Yarn: RED HEART® “Designer Sport™”: 1 ball 3825 Pool.
  • Knitting Needles: 3.5mm [US 4] circular, 24” long.
  • Crochet Hook: 3.75mm (US F-5).
  • Cable needle
  • stitch marker
  • yarn needle
  • Two buttons
  • 1” diameter

Size: One size fits most; circumference is 22”.

Gauge: 20 sts = 4”; 28 rows = 4” in Stockinette stitch.

Note: Cap is knit in rounds on circular needle. Band and brim are crocheted.


Cast on 120 sts. Join to work in rounds, being careful not to twist sts. Place a marker for beginning of round.
Rounds 1-8: [P4, k8] 10 times.
Round 9: [P4, slip 4 sts to cable needle and hold in front, k4, k4 from cable needle] 10 times.
Rounds 10-20: [P4, k8] 10 times.
Repeat last 12 rounds once.
Round 33: [P2tog, p2, slip 4 sts to cable needle and hold in front, k4, k4 from cable needle] 10 times – 110 sts.
Rounds 34-38: [P3, k8] 10 times.
Round 35: [P2tog, p1, k8] 10 times – 100 sts.
Rounds 36-40: [P2, k8] 10 times.
Round 41: [P2tog, slip 4 sts to cable needle and hold in front, k4, k4 from cable needle] 10 times – 90 sts.
Rounds 42-46: [P1, k8] 10 times.
Bind off.
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail.

With crochet hook and holding 2 strands of yarn together, join yarn to cast-on edge to right of a cable.
Round 1: *Work sc in each st of cable (8 sc), skip 1 st, sc in next st, skip 1 st, sc in next st; repeat from * 9 more times – 100 sc.
Rounds 2-5: Sc in each sc around.

Row 1: Working in front loops only, sc in next 36 sc, leaving remaining sts unworked.
Rows 2-6: Ch 1, turn, skip 2 sts, sc in each sc across.
Round 1: Slip st in each st and each row of Brim around Band, slip st to first st to join.
Fasten off.

Holding 2 strands of yarn together, ch 36.
Round 1: Work 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across to last ch, 3 sc in last ch, turn to work along opposite side of ch, sc between each sc, work last sc in same space as beginning of rnd.
Round 2: Work 2 sc in first st, sc in each sc to center sc of 3 sc, 2 sc in next st, sc in each sc to first sc, slip st in first sc to join.
Fasten off.

Weave tail through bound-off row and pull to close. Knot to secure. Position Strap over Brim. Sew buttons through both layers to secure Strap in place. Weave in ends.

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this is the link to a proper pattern for this hat:

Found this at aStitch Nation by Debbie Stoller and no mistakes in the pattern. Making the hat now and looks cute.

@jneely0426 0911076, We suggest contacting the pattern designer directly for help. The designer is specified in the byline. You can also try posting a message on our Facebook site: --Editor of FaveCrafts

The numberings on these rounds confuse me greatly: Rounds 34-38: [P3, k8] 10 times. wouldn't this include rounds 34, 35, 36, 37 and 38? Round 35: [P2tog, p1, k8] 10 times 100 sts. but then you say this is round 35? isn't this included above? Rounds 36-40:[P2, k8] 10 times. 36-38 aren't included in the 34-38 directions above? Please help! Thanks!!

Help! I don't understand the bind off....usually there are far less stitches than 90 to close up with a needle. Is this right? Or is there a different technique that I should be using. I'd appreciate any help on this.

Is any one else having trouble with the brim? My cables turned out just fine, but I had to decrease the band more than the instructions to make it fit my head. The bottom of the band is uneven which make the finishing look messy and my brim just looks stupid! I've tried following this pattern exactly 3 or 4 times. Anyone have any tips for me? Am I missing something?


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