James's Hat

Nov 26, 2009
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Kelley Poteat


I wanted to crochet a sort of manly looking hat for my boyfriend, but I was unsatisfied with most of the patterns I found that included the "cabled look" I was aiming for. So, I made this one! This pattern could easily be altered and many different types of hats could be made- get creative!

NOTE-There seems to be some confusion when it comes to the creation of the cables, how many there are, and how increases are made. There are six cables. They are created during row 2, by doing the FPDC stitches. Increases are made in each round by dc in the top of the first FPDC. If you have any questions, you can reach me quickly by emailing me-kpoteat@bellsouth.net.

PS- This is the first pattern I've written, so if you spot any mistakes or have any suggestions, let me know. Thanks! Send me pictures of your finished products, I'd love to see!

Materials List

  • US 5.50 MM hook (I)
  • Worsted weight yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver in Grey Heather)

Finished Size

Fits average adult sized head. Hat is stretchy, so no worries if your head is big :) The pattern could easily be altered to fit a bigger head, child's head, or baby's head.


Not important


FPDC-front post double crochet
BPDC-back post double crochet
dc-double crochet
sl st- slip stitch


The Pattern

Row 1: Ch 3, 11 dc in 3rd ch from hook, join with sl st to beginning ch 3.
Row 2: Ch 2, 1 dc in same st as join, *1 FPDC in next 2sts, 2 dc in next st* around, join.
Row 3: Ch 2, 1 dc in next 2 sts, *1 FPDC in next 2 sts, 1 dc in next 3 sts* around, join.
Row 4: Ch 2, 1 dc in next 3 sts, *1 FPDC in next 2 sts, 1 dc in next 4 sts* around, join.
Row 5: Ch 2, 1 dc in next 4 sts, *1 FPDC in next 2 sts, 1 dc in next 5 sts* around, join.
Row 6: Ch 2, 1 dc in next 5 sts, *1 FPDC in next 2 sts, 1 dc in next 6 sts* around, join.
Row 7: Ch 2, 1 dc in next 6 sts, *1 FPDC in next 2 sts, 1 dc in next 7 sts* around, join.
Row 8: Ch 2, 1 dc in next 7 sts, *1 FPDC in next 2 sts, 1 dc in next 8 sts* around, join.
Rows 9-12: Ch 2, 1 dc in next 8 sts, *1 FPDC in next 2 sts, 1 dc in next 9 sts* around, join.
Rows 13-19: Ch 2, 1 dc in next 9 sts, *1 FPDC in next 2 sts, 1 dc in next 10 sts* around, join.
Rows 20-21: Ch 2, 1 BPDC in same st as join, 1 BPDC in next st, *1 FPDC in next 2 sts, 1 BPDC in next 2 sts* around, join.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

That is my boyfriend with me, wearing the finished product:

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normaag wrote
on Jan 19, 2010 8:04 AM

Oh I've been wanting a guy hat pattern and this one looks good!  I'll be trying it.  Thanks for sharing~ norma

anjalabd wrote
on Jan 21, 2010 6:40 PM

I don't know if you know this, but this hat is very similar to the one worn by Bella in "Twilight"

kelleybelly wrote
on Jan 30, 2010 9:49 AM

anjalabd, you are right, it does! The only difference is Bella's hat had vertical "cables" as well as the horizontal ones. Good observation.

crystal2435 wrote
on Feb 1, 2010 8:31 PM

That pattern doesnt seem to make sense. The pictures you show have 5-6 cables. But if you do the patteren as stated you only get 4 cables and a very funny looking pointed hat. Please help.

kelleybelly wrote
on Feb 5, 2010 7:23 PM

The finished hat has six cables. The six cables are formed in the second row and on. I'm not sure how to help you without a photo or anything... could you send me a picture of what you're getting so I could troubleshoot? Thanks.

kelleybelly wrote
on Feb 5, 2010 7:24 PM

I have checked the pattern over multiple times for errors and made three additional hats with it. The pattern isn't wrong.

tipton wrote
on Feb 6, 2010 12:12 PM

I love this pattern for men but had trouble like Crystal12345 did. In Rnd 2,  I worked my first FPDC in the same st as the ch2 and 1 dc in row 2, FPDC in next st, 2dc in next st, FPDC  in st NEXT to last FPDC,  FPDC  in next st, all the way around. By doing this I ended up with 12 FPDC  and 12 dc when I was done. I also think she works  her increase in the top of her FPDC. It looks just like the picture. I hope this helps; it is rather difficult to explain in words.

Mcn285 wrote
on Feb 22, 2010 7:08 PM



I absolutely love this pattern! But I think I'm having a few issues.


I'm on row 14 and I was curious as to if I'm doing this the right way. I was doing fine and didn't think I had any problems but I realized that my Beanie isn't  coming out straight but rather "angular".  The best way to describe it is at the bottom when I'm working my rounds it kind of looks like ocean waves when you draw them.  I have six cables so that isn't the issue.  Does the hat work itself out at the end? Or should I save time and just turn back now and try to fix it up? 

kelleybelly wrote
on Feb 22, 2010 7:37 PM

Mcn285- Because of the cables, it will look slightly wavy on the ends. The final two rounds of ribbing should straighten that right up. :) Good luck!

Mcn285 wrote
on Feb 22, 2010 8:24 PM

Oh man, thank you!!! I figured that was the case but I didn't want to wait until the very end to find out! lol. I love this pattern.  I am currently making one for my friend, then one for my boyfriend, and then so on and so forth! 


Thanks again !

kelleybelly wrote
on Feb 23, 2010 7:33 PM

Tell me how it turns out! I'd love to see a pic of it.

Mcn285 wrote
on Feb 24, 2010 9:00 AM








kelleybelly wrote
on Feb 25, 2010 7:27 PM

It looks great! I'm so glad the pattern worked out for you. Thanks for sharing :)

irlsgirl wrote
on Mar 8, 2010 11:34 PM

Thanks for sharing! ^_^

polo897 wrote
on May 26, 2010 6:46 AM

in fact, I guess that kelleybelly means : "2 dc in next st" when she writes "1 dc in next 2 dc",  "3 dc in next st" when she writes "1 dc in next 3 dc", etc, because it's an increase ; besides in Rnd 2, you have to make 2 FPDC in the same st from Rnd 1, so you have finally 24 sts (12 FPDC and 12 dc) and you've got 6 cables.

Yes, men can crochet too !

kelleybelly wrote
on May 29, 2010 8:28 PM

No, it's just 1 dc in next 2 sts (and so on)... that keeps the amount of dcs between the beginning cable and the other cables the same. In this pattern, you work your dc increases in the top of the first stitch of the fpdc, and then fpdc around the posts of the previous fpdc.

polo897 wrote
on May 30, 2010 4:04 AM

thanks, I think I understand.

chainlink wrote
on Aug 19, 2010 3:37 PM

I am new at this and im a guy so can anyone tell me how to do a front post double crochet?

chainlink wrote
on Aug 19, 2010 3:45 PM

I sure appreciate these free patterns, i'm just learning how to crochet I like to knit to but I love to crochet.  my wife is pretty cool about it , im 6'1"  and  my kids and wife think its pretty cool tht i like to do this.  thanks again for the free patters I hope to put my own on there one day

chainlink wrote
on Aug 19, 2010 3:56 PM

I found the stitch I was asking about in the glossary of crochet me web site thanks

becca1600 wrote
on Dec 28, 2010 4:52 PM

I love the look of this hat and am excited to make it, however, I'm a little stuck. I've reached rows 9-12 but I noticed once I reached that point, my stitches weren't lining up with the cables anymore. Is that supposed to happen? How do I keep them even?