Free Pattern: Gail’s Easy Cable Ski Cap

Free Pattern: Gail's Easy Cable Ski Cap 1

Free Matching Scarf Pattern

Here’s an easy cable ski cap that is dedicated to Gail, the former listmom of Knit-U and Knit Design. Gail was a very generous soul who gave of her time voluntarily on both lists, and she also was a strong supporter of charity knitter. She passed away recently after an illness and she will be missed by many knitters around the globe.

Ususally I make hats in the round but I knit this one back and forth for those of you who don’t like circular and double-pointed needles. It knits up quickly in chunky yarn on size 10 needles. Check back next month for a matching scarf.

Adult, fits heads up to 22″ (56cm) in circumference

16″ (41cm) circumference, unstretched

One 11-st repeat of Cable & Rib patt = 2 1/2″ (6.35cm) wide unstretched, cap stretches a lot as shown in the photos.

Yarn: 123 yards (112m) of chunky weight yarn. I used 1 ball of Plymouth Galway Chunky (100% wool, 100 grams = 123 yards per ball). For a machine washable hat, Plymouth Encore Chunky or Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky would work well.

Knitting needles: Size 10 (6mm) needles

Cable needle and tapestry needle

Cable & Rib Pattern (multiple of 11+1)
If you’ve never knitted cables before, check out this quick lesson.

Rows 1 and 5 (RS): *P1, k4, (p1, k1) 3 times; rep from * to last st, p last st.

Rows 2, 4 and 6: Work in patt as est, knitting the knits and purling the purls.

Row 3: *P1, sl 2 sts to cable needle and hold to back, k2, k2 from cable needle, (p1, k1) 3 times; rep from * to last st, p last st.

Repeat rows 1 – 6 for patt.


CO 67 sts.

Work in Cable & Rib patt until cap measures approx 6 3/4″ (17cm) long, end after working row 6 of Cable & Rib patt.


Next row (RS): *P1, k1, k2tog, k1, p1, k1, slip 2 kw, k1, p2sso, k1; rep from * to last st, p last st.

Work 3 rows in patt as est (k3, p1 ribbing).

Next row (RS): *P1, slip 2 kw, k1, p2sso; rep from * to last st, p last st.

Work 3 rows in patt as est (k1, p1 ribbing).

Next row (RS): K2tog across to last st, k1.


Cut yarn leaving a 6″ (15cm) tail. Run tail through rem sts and pull tight to draw the top of the hat together.

Sew side seam. Weave in ends.

If desired, make pom-pom and sew to top of hat.


Want more patterns? Check out Donna’s knitting books at

Creative Commons License
Free Pattern: Gail’s Easy Cable Ski Cap by Donna Druchunas is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at