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Mock Cable Newborn Baby Hat Free Knitting Pattern

The mock cable stitch on this little hat for a newborn baby looks stunning, and is worked from only knit and purl stitches. It is a lovely stitch which sits flat and is perfect for hats and scarves.


  • Pair of 5mm knitting needles 
  • Pair of 6mm knitting needles 
  • Crochet hook suitable for chunky yarn (for tassles – optional) 
  • 50g any chunky yarn suitable for 6mm needles. The hat in the photo was made with Rowan Cocoon.
  • Needle for sewing up 


With 5mm needles, cast on 40 stitches. 

Work k1,p1 rib for 4 rows. 

Switch to 6mm needles. 

Commence pattern as follows – 

Row 1) *p4,k1,p1,k4 ; repeat from * to end of row 

Row 2) *p3,k2.p2.k3 ; repeat from * to end of row 

Row 3) *p2,k2.p1,k1,p2,k2 ; repeat from * to end of row 

Row 4) *p1,k2,p2,k2,p2,k1 ; repeat from * to end of row 

Row 5) *k2,p3,k3,p2 ; repeat from * to end of row 

Row 6) *k1,p4,k4,p1 ; repeat from * to end of row 

Repeat these 6 rows 3 times more (so there is a total of 4 pattern blocks). 

Now cast off knitwise. Cut yarn and thread through remaining one stitch, and secure. 

Sew up back seam and then the top seam. You will need to arrange the hat so it looks correct at the front before sewing up. 

Lastly, add tassles or pompoms. I used a crochet hook to pull 12 strands of yarn through the fabric of the hat to make tassles but you can make regular tassles if desired and then sew them on. 

Photograph of hat in use as photo prop, with thanks to Patricia Stranska Photography

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