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Free knitting pattern: The Hilla Beanie

Hi everyone, I’ve missed you guys SOOO much and man does it feel good to be back writing and sharing a new pattern! It’s been a while and after a busy autumn I’m so glad to have been able to design yet another cable beanie – this time using medium weight yarn! So without further ado, let me introduce to you The Hilla Beanie. Hilla is one of the Finnish words for cloudberry which was definitely one of my favorite berries while growing up (and still is!) and I have a bunch of wonderful memories of picking them up with my grandmother. Also, a little fun fact: Hilla is a first name, just like Onni (if you haven’t yet, check out the free pattern for my Onni Beanie and the matching Onni Mittens!) so I guess I’ll just keep giving my beanies actual names!

hilla beanie

But anyway, back to today’s beanie! This classic cable beanie is an intermediate design combining two types of cables, and it’s knit with medium weight yarn. I’m usually a bulky yarn girl, so this was definitely the perfect project to change things up a little! In this free pattern you’ll find full written instructions on how to knit the beanie from start to finish. Once you get through the double brim it only takes you 6 cable turns + the decreases and voilà, your beanie will be all ready to go!

hilla beanie

If at any point you have any questions don’t hesitate to leave a comment on this post or send me an email at kati@katimaaria.com!

Also if you share a picture of the beanie on Instagram, please tag me @katimaariaknits and use the hashtag #hillabeanie – I can’t wait to see your designs! You may also sell the finished product but please give credit to the designer.

Find this pattern on Ravelry by clicking here!

So get your yarn and needles ready and let’s get to it!

hilla beanie


One size (adults): height with the brim folded 25 cm/9.8 inches, circumference approximately 55-57 cm/21-22.5 inches


  • 6mm/US 10 circular needles (Ø 40cm/16”) OR any needles to obtain the gauge
  • Approximately 155 meters/169 yards of medium weight (#4) yarn
    • I used one skein of Merino Aran by Katia for the beanies in the pictures, click here for the yarn!
  • Gauge: 10×10 cm/4×4” of stockinette stitch with 6mm/US 10 needles = 16 stitches, 20 rows
  • Cable needle or extra DPN
  • Tapestry needle
  • 6mm / US 10 DPNs for decreasing
  • Optional:
    • Extra yarn for pompom + pompom maker


K = Knit
P = Purl
C4B = Slip 4 stitches onto cable needle and leave in back of work. Knit 2 stitches, then knit 4 stitches from cable needle
C2F = Slip 2 stitches onto cable needle and leave in front of work. Knit 4 stitches, then knit 2 stitches from cable needle
K2Tog = Knit 2 stitches together


Cast on 72 stitches on your 6mm/US 10 circular needles.

*K2, P2* all around (round 1) and repeat for another 27 times, knitting a total of 28 rounds for the brim or until brim measures 15 cm/5.9 inches.


Round 1: *K1, P2, K6, P1, K6, P2* repeat all around
Round 2: *K1, P2, K6, P1, K6, P2* repeat all around
Round 3: *K1, P2, K6, P1, K6, P2* repeat all around
Round 4: *K1, P2, K6, P1, K6, P2* repeat all around
Round 5: *K1, P2, K6, P1, K6, P2* repeat all around
Round 6: *K1, P2, C4B, P1, C2F, P2* repeat all around

Repeat rounds 1-6 for another 5 times, knitting them a total of 6 times before starting the decreases (this way, you’ll knit 6 cable turns).


Round 1: *K2, K2Tog* repeat all around (stitch count after round: 54 sts)

  • Change to 6mm / US 10 DPNs after the first decrease round and divide the stitches evenly onto 3 needles (18     sts/needle)

Round 2: Knit all stitches
Round 3: *K1, K2Tog* repeat all around (stitch count after round: 36 sts)
Round 4: Knit all stitches
Round 5: *K2Tog* repeat all around (stitch count after round: 18 sts)
Round 6: Knit all stitches
Round 7: *K2Tog* (stitch count after round: 9 sts)

Cut yarn and pull through remaining 9 stitches, tighten and secure the end well by weaving in on the wrong side of the work.

And as simple as that, your Hilla Beanie is ready!

I hope you’ve enjoyed the pattern and will be returning to the design in the future as well!

xx, Kati

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Hilla Beanie tulostettava versio

xx, Kati

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