Cabled Watchcap & Beanie

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Link is an apt name for this modern take on the classic cabled beanie, which features bold columns of paired rope cables interconnected by branching diagonal twists. Thoughtful details — seamless transitions from the brim ribbing to the cables, hidden crown decreases, and optional tubular edges — also combine for an overall polished effect. Choose between two brim styles and top off with a jaunty pom-pom, or leave unadorned to showcase the vanishing cable motifs.



  • 2 (2) skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 140 yards/50 grams)
  • Photographed in colors Pumice (Beanie) and Yellowstone (Watchcap)


  • Beanie: 170 yards of worsted weight wool yarn
  • Watchcap: 216 yards of worsted weight wool yarn (plus 40 yards for optional pom-pom)

Please note: the stitch patterns for this garment are charted only.

  • 25 stitches & 30 rounds = 4″ in Link Chart pattern with Size A needle(s), after blocking
  • One 30-stitch motif from Link Chart measures 4½” wide with Size A needle(s), after blocking

Size A (for Main Fabric)

  • One 16″ circular needle and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs)* in size needed to obtain gauge listed
  • Suggested Size: 4.5 mm (US 7)

Size B (for Ribbing)

  • One 16″ circular needle*, two sizes smaller than Size A
  • Suggested Size: 3.75 mm (US 5)

Size C (for Tubular Cast On and Turning Rounds only)

  • One 16″ circular needle*, one size smaller than Size A
  • Suggested Size: 3.5 mm (US 4)

*32″ circular needle can be used instead of 16″ circular and DPNs if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round.

Finished dimensions
  • 19¼” [49 cm] circumference (to comfortably fit average adult head sizes 20-23″ [51-58.5 cm])
  • 8½ (9¾)” [21.5 (25) cm] length, (Watchcap length measured with brim folded up)

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern: 

  • 2×2 Tubular Cast On
Emily Greene
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