Monday, 16 May 2011

Twisted Reversible Hat

Knitted this one up for my mum's birthday. It's a less girly version of my Pirouette Hat in that it has one too few stitches in the round, which makes the pattern spiral as you work it up. The pattern itself is incredibly simple, until you get to the decreases, you're just working knit 2 purl 2. The fact that the number of stitches in a round isn't divisible by 4 means you don't get 2x2 rib, but a lovely spiral pattern. It's reversible too, in fact, I reckon the wrong side is the nicer of the two. This yarn is really gorgeous too, the soy fibre gives it a lovely sheen and I love the gradual colour changes. Hope you enjoy the pattern!

Yarn : Rowan Tapestry, one ball (=120m)

Needles : Four 4mm/US 6 dpns

Gauge:  22 stitches =4'' with 4mm/US6 needles in stocking stitch.
Size: To fit an average 22'' head.
k = knit
p = purl
ssk = slip two stitches knitwise, then knit the together with the left-hand needle
CO = cast on


Spiral Pattern
Just keep working *k2p2* !! The number of stitches in a row isn't divisible by four, so you won't end every row with "p2", but just keep going and you'll get the lovely textured spiral pattern shown. If you have any questions about this please either leave a comment below or email me at d.j.winn "at" hotmail "dot" co "dot" uk. 

 CO 87 stitches. Work in k2 p1 rib for 1 1/2 inches (or around 10 rows). Now work spiral pattern until your hat measures around 7 1/2 inches, ending with a row that ends "k2 p2". Now work decreases as follows:

After knitting a row that ends "k2 p2":
Row 1: *ssk p2 k2 p2* to last 7 stitches, ssk p2 k2 p1.
Row 2: *k2 p2 k2 p1* to last 6 stitches, k2 p2 k2.
Row 3: *ssk k1 p2 k2* to last 6 stitches, ssk k1 p2 k1.
Row 4:  k3 *p2 k4* to last  2 stitches, p2.
Row 5: *ssk k2 p2* to last 5 stitches, ssk k2 p1.
Row 6: *k1 p1 k2 p1* to last 4 stitches, k1 p1 k2.
Row 7: *ssk p1 k2* to last 4 stitches, ssk p1 k1.
Row 8:  k1 *p2 k2* to last 2 stitches, p2.
Row 9: *ssk p2* to last 3 stitches, ssk p1.
Row 10:  *k2 p1* to last 2 stitches, k2.
Row 11: *ssk k1* to last 2 stitches, ssk.
Row 12:  *ssk* to last stitch, k1.

Cut the yarn leaving a 10'' tail. Thread this through the remaining stitches and pull tight. Sew over the hole a couple of times (keeping it neat on both sides since this is a reversible hat), and weave in the loose end (on right or wrong side, but keep it hidden!). I wove the end of the yarn in and out of the stitches in the line of  ssks, this kept things pretty neat. 


  1. is it possible to get the instruction for this hat in German as well? As you can see, I CAN speak and understand English but unfortunately not that good to understand knitting instruction. But I'd really like to knit this hat, so I hope someone can help with a German instruction :)

    1. Sag Bescheid, wenn Du Hilfe brauchst, ich übersetz Dir gerne die Anleitung!!!

  2. Hi! Thanks for your comment. There is a German translation of the pattern now available as a free pdf download on Ravelry here:

  3. I love this pattern. Can you tell me the weight of the yarn so I can substitute something else?Thanks

    1. Hi, thanks for yor question. It's a dk weight yarn. If you need any more info please let me know!

  4. Hi! Can I work this on circular needles or do I need to use 5 DPNs.