The Convolution Hat is a spiraling hat, knit at a tight tension to create a very tight, windproof hat, perfect for cold winter days, defeating the winter winds and snow; and it will keep your head warm in all but the coldest weather! The brim can be folded up or left down, as both weather and personal style demand.
Cascade 220 Superwash in “Pigeon Heather” (100% Superwash Wool, 220 yds [200 m]/100 gr): 2 balls
Size US 6 (4mm) 16” [40cm] circular needles, DPNs, or longer circulars for magic loop for the crown of the hat.
Or size needed to obtain gauge
34 sts and 42 rows = 4″ [10cm] in patt after blocking
S (M, L): 21 (23, 25)” [55.5, (58.5, 63.5)cm] Hat Circumference
Tapestry needle, 1 stitch marker
|m1l||with left needle, pick up strand between needles from front to back, and knit it through the back loop|
|p2tog||purl 2 stitches together; 1 st dec’d|
|ssk||Sl 2 stitches as if to knit, pass the stitches to the left needle, knit both stitches together through the back loop; 1 st dec’d|
|2/1 LPC||Sl2 sts onto cn and hold at front, p1, k2 from cn|
|2/2 LPC||Sl2 sts onto cn and hold at front, p2, k2 from cn|
|2/2 LPC Dec||Sl2 sts onto cn and hold at front, p2tog, k2 from cn|
- This hat is knit from the brim up, with a flared brim that can either be left down or folded up for additional warmth.
- The position of the beginning/end of round marker moves 2 sts every other rnd to allow the spiral to move consistently around the hat.
- For a larger hat increase the cast on in multiples of 5 stitches.
- The ribbing can be worked on smaller needles for a tighter brim.
Using a Long Tail cast on, CO 144 (156, 172) sts, PM, and join to work in rnd. Do not twist.
Rnd 1: *K2, p2; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rep Rnd 1 until work measures 2.5 (3, 3”) [6.5, 7.5, 7.5 cm].
Rnd 1: *K2, p1, m1l, p1; rep from * to end of rnd. 36 (39, 43) sts inc’d. (180, 195, 215 sts)
Work Convolution Cable Pattern as follows:
Rnd 1: *2/2 LPC, p1; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 2: *P2, k2, p1; rep from * to end of rnd, rm, p2, pm.
Work Rnds [1-2] until hat measures 8.25 (9, 9.25”) [21, 23, 23.5 cm] from edge of ribbing, or, desired length; ending after working rnd 2.
Rnd 1: *2/2 LPC Dec, p1; rep from * to end of rnd, rm, p1, k2, pm. 36 (39, 43) sts dec’d. (144, 156, 172 sts)
Rnd 2: *P2tog k2; rep from * to end of rnd, rm, p2tog, pm. 36 (39, 43) sts de’d. (108, 117, 129 sts)
Rnd 3: *2/1 LPC; rep from * to end of rnd, rm, k1, pm.
Rnd 4: *Ssk, p1; rep from * to end of rnd. 36 (39, 43) sts dec’d. (72, 78, 90 sts)
Rnd 5: *K1, p1; rep from * to end of rnd.
Small size Only
Rnd 6-8: *Ssk; rep from * to end of rnd. 63 sts dec’d (9 sts).
Medium and Large Sizes:
Rnd 6: *Ssk; rep from * to end of rnd 39 (45) sts dec’’d (39, 45 sts)
Rnd 7: *Ssk; rep to 1 st before end of rnd, k1. 19, (22) sts dec’d (20, 23 sts)
Medium size Only
Rnd 8: *Ssk; rep from * to end of rnd. 11 sts dec’d, 11 sts.
Large Size Only
Rnd 8: *Ssk; rep from * to 1 st before end of rnd, k1. 12 sts dec’d, 13 sts.Finishing
Cut yarn leaving a long tail, and pull through remaining stitches on needles.
Weave in ends. Wash and block to measurements.
About the Designer: Sarah Dawn
Sarah Dawn has been fascinated by knitting since first learning how to knit at the age of 5, and loving (almost all of) it. When she’s not knitting or crocheting, she’s (re)teaching herself to crochet and spin. Beyond yarn, her other vices include earl grey tea, and curling up with a good book.
She’s been published in several books and magazines (including previous designs in Knotions!), and you can find her designs online here: https://www.sarahdawnsdesigns.com/pattern-gallery
Currently, she lives in the Toronto, Ontario, Canada, area, along with her roommate and two cats. She finds this whole ‘write about yourself in the third person’ thing rather awkward, but it seems to work out alright!