The Willow Beanie

The Willow Beanie

Whether you’re a cable pro with your knitting or you’ve been too scared to try them, this pattern is for you! This pattern moves at lightening speed and requires ZERO cable needles. That’s right, the knit faux cable Willow Beanie makes beautiful cables without fiddling with a cable needle! If you know how to knit two stitches together you can do this! One of my favorite things is using something simple and making it look complex. When you’re finished you have a beautiful, classic hat. Trust me, all skill levels are going to be able to work with this hat.


The name “Willow” was appealing to me for this hat. The willow tree has been a long time favorite of mine. The little cables on this hat remind me of the curly branches of a willow tree or the variety of the Corkscrew Willow tree.  Either way, I felt like this was fitting. The Willow tree has a long symbolic history. It is known to be able to bend in all sorts of ways without breaking. Over the last few years I too have felt that I have had to bend in all sorts of ways without breaking. Two miscarriages were my worst losses. The worst bends. The Willow tree represents surrendering to the position; surrendering to the process. I surrendered. I let go. I went through the motions. I found parts of myself that I didn’t know were there. I got to know other people better through the process. Who will be there when you need them. Who to let go of.

Life can be hard and I know I'm not done facing hard things. I thank God for the gift I have been given with this craft. Being able to knit and crochet has truly gotten me through some pretty hard times.

I hope you enjoy making this hat.

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Supplies Needed

Needles: US 11/8mm 16" circular needles for the brim and US 13/9mm 16" circular needles for the body. US 13/9mm dpns for decrease (or magic loop method). 

Yarn: Super Bulky/Weight 6 



Please be sure to check your gauge. This will ensure that you are getting the right height for this hat. If you knit more on the loose side you should expect to get a longer hat than indicated.

With US 13/9mm

2×2 in swatch = 5 sts/6 rows

Stitch abbreviations

  • K – knit
  • P – purl
  • Mock Cable Stitch: K2Tog but do not remove stitches from needle. Come back and knit into the first stitch. Slip both stitches off needle.
  • P2tog – purl 2 together
  • SSK – slip, slip, knit
  • SM – stitch marker
  • DPN  – double point needles

Sizing: This hat is intended to fit in a more skull cap type of way. You will not see much for slouch unless you happen to knit more on the loose end of things. Hat should be approximately 8 ½” – 9 ½” long depending on your tension (if your hat is longer than this you are probably  knitting a bit loose and your hat may have a slight slouch).



With US 11’s CO 44 stitches. Add SM, and join in the round, being careful not to twist your stitches.

K2, P2 around for 9 rounds.

Switch to US 13’s

Row 1: *Mock Cable Stitch, P2* repeat around

Row 2 – 4: *K2, P2* repeat around

Repeat rows 1-4 three more times (for a total of 16 rows). You will have 4 braids.

Row 17: Repeat row 1.

Decrease rows for the Knit Faux Cable Willow Beanie

Row 18: *K2, p2tog* repeat around

Row 19: *K2, P1* repeat around

Row 20: *ssk, P1* repeat around

Row 21: *ssk* repeat around

Cut yarn and weave ends through stitches. Pull tight and fasten off.

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