Thursday, February 8, 2007

Spiral Hat Pattern

I also wanted to post this pattern for a little hat I made recently. I really like it and wear it constantly, and thought there might be someone out there who might also like to make it. It's not exactly a huge departure from some hats already out there, but I cooked this one up out of my own noggin, so I like it especially well.

Spiral Knit Hat

Knit Picks Andean Treasure – 1 sk. Mystery Heather (MC) & 1 sk. Lilac Heather (CC)

Double Pointed Needles – Size 4 & 5

Ribbed Band:
Using the smaller needles and main color, evenly cast on 108 stitches onto 3 double pointed needles, being careful not to twist the stitches. Place Marker and join, knitting in a 2x2 rib. Continue in ribbing until band is 1” (or desired length).

Spiral Body:
Switch to the larger needles, and with the CC, knit 2 st, beginning by knitting the first 2 st together (this will establish the spiral because there will now be an uneven number of stitches) continue knitting in a K2MC, K2CC, repeating the entire way around.

Continue in this 2 color pattern until the hat reaches nearly the desired length (about 6.5”). When hat seems long enough, and you are ready to reduce for the crown, with MC only, proceed to K2tog for the entire round. Knit 5 more rounds and repeat the K2tog round. K 3 more rounds and pull tail through remaining stitches to close top of cap.

Weave in ends, and you’re done! The hat will loosen a little bit with washing.

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