Monday, April 8, 2019

Winter Thaw Hat

 A Free Knitting Pattern

I think you saw the hints that there would be a hat to match the Winter Thaw Shawl. It is finally here. Earlier this month I had some health concerns and it slowed me down a little, but it's time to get back on a schedule.

Just like the shawl the hat is made with two sock yarns held together. It gives the hat great definition and texture. It also makes it pretty comfortable. Its one of those hats that I could put on and forget I had it on. The pattern repeats are pretty easy especially if you have already made the dishcloth and shawl That pattern is slightly different since it is worked in the round, but the only difference is that instead of working a purl row you are working a knit round.

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Designer: Julia Schwartz
Yarn: Patons Kroy Sock yarn 2 strands held together. 75% washable wool 25% nylon, 50g/ 152 m. 2 skeins color blue/brown 170-200 grams needed.
Needles: 6 mm needles
Notions: tapestry needle
Size: 21 inch circumference fits most adults
Gauge: 16 sts x 24 rows = 4 inches k st as the gauge
Stitches Used:
  • K: knit
  • P:purl
  • Yo: yarn over
  • Spike stitch: insert your right needle into the stitch 3 rows below the row you are working, yo, and pull the needle back through the stitch (this counts as a knit stitch)
  • K2tog: knit 2 stitches together
  • Sskp: Slip 2 stitches to the right needle one at a time, k the next st, slip the slipped stitches over the knit stitch just made. 

Julia Schwartz. Do not reproduce, copy, distribute, or sell this pattern without permission of the designer. This pattern must not be translated, reproduced, or circulated in another language without prior consent. If you have questions about this pattern please contact

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Pattern Instructions

Cast on 84 sts onto circular needles using the long tail cast on. Complete the circle by putting your first st into the first cast on st.

Optional: Place a stitch marker on first st to keep track and move it with each new round.

Round 1-4: k2, p2,
Round 5-8: k3, p1,
Round 9-12: k
Round 13: (k2, spike st, k2tog) repeat around
Round 14: k
Round 15: (yo, k, yo, sskp) repeat around
Round 16: k
Round 17: (k1, spike st, k2tog, k1) repeat around
Round 18: k
Round 19: (sskp, yo, k, yo)

Repeat rows 12-19 until you reach a length of 7 ½ inches

Crown Decrease

Round 1: k
Round 2: (k5, sskp, k4) repeat around
Round 3: k
Round 4: (k1, sskp, k6) repeat around
Round 5: k
Round 6: (k3, sskp, k2) repeat around
Round 7: k
Round 8: (k, sskp, k2) repeat around
Round 9: k
Round 10: (k, sskp) repeat around
Round 11: k
Round 12: (k2tog) repeat around

Finish off with pulling the long tail through the remaining stitches on the needle. Pull tight and knot. Weave in your ends.

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  1. You also crochet. Where are your crochet patterns?

    1. if you are on your mobile phone you click on the top menu and the different pages file down, Click on the page that says Crochet patterns. If you are on desk top, the menu is across the top of the page. Click on crochet patterns.

  2. Gorgeous! Love the stitch pattern.

  3. Gorgeous! Love the stitch pattern.

  4. Great looking hat. I can't wait to knit it. Thank you.

  5. How many skeins are needed for the hat? 2 or 4? 100g or 200g total

  6. In trying to copy the pattern, it comes up with an awful dark orangey-gold background that is distracting to read. Is there a way to eliminate that background color?
    Thank You!

    1. You can purchase a printer friendly PDF from my shop for $3.00.

  7. Should the gauge swatch be made in garter stitch (all knitted rows) or stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl one row)? I want to make your beautiful hat but I want it to fit when I am done.