Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Swift Swirl Hat: A Free Knit Pattern

A Free Knitting Pattern

My first knit pattern. I'm really excited that I am finally able to share with you. I love that in broadening my horizons and learning something new I can then go share it with others. Five years ago when I started this blog if someone told me I would be adding knit patterns to it also, I would have laughed at them.

 Since moving to Canada, I just fell in love with the culture surrounding knitting and crafting. There is also the thrill of learning and accomplishing something new. It has been so Rewarding learning more about all the different fiber arts.
Enough about me I want to tell you about the pattern.

hat made with 78 stitches cast on
This pattern is thinking outside the box on how we approach certain stitches. The Right and Left Twist stitches are usually used when making cables. I wanted to see what they would be as a layered stitch, and this is the end result.

This pattern is fast (that's why I called it swift). There is essentially only one stitch you are using; the knit stitch. There are no yarn overs or decreases You are just tweaking it a bit with a twist. This is the kind of pattern that you can make while watching t.v. and not have to worry about it to much. You don't even have to worry about where the round ends.  You just keep going till you come the the length you want.  

  Swift Swirl Hat: A Knit Pattern

Needles: 6,0 mm/US 10 circular needles and a set of double point needles US 10 to finish it off.

Yarn:  I used Lion Brand Wool Ease: mushroom 403 for the adult hat, and I used an unlabeled wool for the smaller hat (sorry) I would recommend any worsted wool size 4.   

Notions: tapestry needle

Gauge: 17 k = 4 inches, 20 rows = 4 inches   


Once pattern is established  the pattern will move  to the right by one stitch after every row.

Established pattern is 11 +1 stitches. So if you are wanting to make a smaller or larger hat add or take away 11. Example a baby hat would be 78 stitches.

Stitches used: knit (k), Purl(P), Right twist (RT), knit 2 together(K2tog) , slip stitch knit 2 together pass over(sk2p)

Special stitches:

Right Twist: knit 2 together keeping both stitches on the left needle, knit into the first stitch, then pull both stitches onto the right needle, stitch complete.

Sk2p: slip stitch to the right needle, knit 2 stitches together, pass over slipped st over the k2tog stitches.


Cast on 100 stitches using the German Twist Long Tail Cast On

Round 1 – 8:( p, k), repeat  (to) all the way around. When the 8th round is complete, place a stitch marker on the starting st.

Round 9: k

Round 10 -38: (K 5 st, RT 3 times), Repeat continually till you finish the 38th row. Finish on a k 5 closest to the placed marker.

Round 39: (RT 3 times, k 1, K2tog, k2),repeat all the way around.

Round 40: (RT 3 times, k 1, k2tog, k1), repeat all the way around.

Round 41: (RT 3 times, k1, k2tog), repeat all the way around.

Round 42: (RT 3 times, k2tog), repeat all the way around.

Round 43: (RT 2 times, sk2p),  repeat all the way around

Round 44-45: (k2tog) repeat all the way around

Finish off with a long tail bind off. Pull tight, knot and weave in your ends.

Ravelry Download

Don't forget to find this pattern in Ravelry Here.Be sure to check out the Companion Pattern Swift Chevron Hat. You can purchase the Swift Chevron Hat for $3.00 and you will automatically get the Swift Swirl Hat Pattern for Free. buy now

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  1. hello to your blog...a fine pattern, and especially in-the-round...this is attractive for both male and female...thank you for sharing your work and a big thank you to the two lovely models...take care...sally

  2. Hi Julia, thanks for the cute pattern. I think the RT directions might need an edit. Isn't it k2TOG, leave both sts on left needle, knit into the first stitch, take both off needle?

    1. Your right, I had better add that
      tog, so it makes more sense. <3

  3. Really love the pattern, Miss Julia. But I noticed that somebody made a comment about the RT directions. Is the pattern been edited to the correct pattern to achieve that finish product shown since somebody made that comment?

    1. yes the pattern has been edited, and everything is correct for the RT.

  4. Why is there printing throughout the pattern when printed? This should not be listed as a free pattern.