Spiral Hat Pattern

Spiral Hat

Easy Knit Hat!

US6, 16″ circular needle
Mochi Plus Color Intense Rainbow

Cast on 60 stitches (for a baby hat)
Join in the round…you know the drill…make sure the stitches aren’t twisted.
Knit 4 rows (this will make the edge will roll up)

Here comes the trick.   Don’t bother marking the start of the round.  Just Yarn Over, Knit 2 Together…until the hat is the height you want, then k2tog until you have about 7 or 8 stitches left, cut the yarn and weave through the last remaining stitches.  Cinch up and weave in ends.

Easy peasy!

So, this technique works for ANY yarn, here it is in Cascade Magnum.  I just added a ribbed edge.

Magnum Hat Up Close

Magnum Spiral Hat

Here it is in with a strand of KPPPM from Koigu held together with a strand of Blue Sky Alpacas Brushed Suri!

Maggie's Spiral Hat

Maggie's Spiral Hat

Here is the same basic idea…with a few variations in Malabrigo Rasta!

Rasta Spiral Hat

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13 Responses to “Spiral Hat Pattern”

  1. Janet says:

    Wondering when you used the magnum if you still cast on 60 and what needle size you used? Love this pattern! Can’t wait to try it. Starting a charity baby hat today!

  2. admin says:

    Hi Janet! I cast on 40 stitches for the magnum hat. Glad you like it!

  3. Vanessa says:

    I’m thinking of doing the Rasta variation of the hat for a friend of mine. Do you know approximately how many CO stitches there would be for an adult? Thanks!

  4. maria says:


    do you have an adult version of this cap? If you do may I have the link.

    Thank you,

  5. admin says:

    We don’t have an adult version, but I’d just add 8 – 10 stitches and see what happens…

  6. swapna says:

    When you say baby size, how old a baby are we talking?

  7. admin says:

    This hat will fit ages from 3-6 months old all the way to youth sizes. My daughter is 9 and the hat fits her around the head (the stitch pattern makes the hat very elastic) but you’ll probably want to add a few inches in height.

  8. Lisa says:

    Is there photos or a video that shows how to finish this off. I’m just not getting it from the directions alone. Thank you.

  9. Ana says:

    Can this effect be created flat? Have a hard time knitting in the round….still learning….:)

  10. Virginia says:

    This is the pattern I have been looking for for many years – I knitted three of these then didn’t knit again for 40 years – I LOVE this pattern and all the styles – and it was so easy to knit – I even knitted one while attending a workshop on how to build a fall out shelter!!!( a bit of history for you!).

  11. Virginia says:

    WAIT a minute – doesn’t Yarn Over, Knit 2 Together make a lacy pattern??? It is the spiral pattern I was lookiing at and want – but when I lookeed up how to do Yarn Over, Knit 2 Together it shows that a hole is left with each set of stitches. What am I missing here? Groan – I already bought the yarn and everyting and ready to go!! Baby due in April and I am SLOW slow knitter and not too good either!

  12. Denise says:

    Virginia, yes it is a lacy pattern but in this pattern it makes a nice stretchy hat, and if you want less of a lacy look, knit it with a fuzzy thick yarn. I am using Encore with a fun fur and the effect is lovely. I was gonna give it to my daughter but I like it too much. I cast on 76 sts to make an adult size on a size 8 or 10. I knit loose too but I got the gauge I wanted. Thanks so much for this lovely pattern!

  13. Judy Hinman says:

    I would like to make this for a newborn in a thinner yarn. Can you suggest how many stitches I should cast on? Thank you!

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