Noro Spiral Hat – Part II

Sorry knitting people, I didn’t mean to leave you hanging with the spiral hat, but that was as far as I had gotten and I did not plan ahead.  The finish was done as it came.  So today, I can tell you what I did.  I’ll recap the beginning of the hat:

Materials:  1 skein Noro Silk Garden Lite, 2 size 3 20-inch circular needles, or one set of size 3 double points (or size to obtain gauge), a yarn needle, tape measure or ruler. 

Gauge:  5 stitches per inch. 

Cast on 103 stitches (multiple of 10 plus 3).  Join and knit 7 rows in the round.  Then begin knit 5, purl 5, and keep that pattern going around and around the hat, not breaking at the beginning of a round. 


I continued with the knit 5, purl 5 to spiral the hat to a total of 7 inches, measured with the rolled brim unrolled.  At that point, I began to count each round as beginning at the cast on tail.  I continued the alternating knits and purls, and began each decrease at the first appropriate group after the cast on tail.  Whenever your knitting requires a switch to two circulars or double points, make the switch.  These are the decrease rows:

Round 1:  (Knit 2 together, knit 3, purl 5) and continue this around

Round 2:  (Knit 4, purl 2 together, purl 3) and continue around

Round 3:  (Knit 4, purl 4) around

Round 4:  (Knit 2 together, knit 2, purl 4) continue around

Round 5:  (Knit 3, purl 2 together, purl 2) continue around

Round 6:  (Knit 3, purl 3) continue around

Round 7:  (Knit 2 together, knit 1, purl 3) continue this around

Round 8:  (Knit 2, purl 2 together, purl 1) continue this around

Round 9:  (Knit 2, purl 2) continue around

Round 10:  (Knit 2 together, knit 2, knit 2 together, knit 2) continue around

Rounds 11 & 12:  Knit all stitches

Round 13:  (Knit 3, purl 3, knit 3, purl 3) around, ending with purl 4

Round 14:  (Knit 2 together, knit 1, purl 3) around, ending with purl 4

Round 15:  (Knit 2 together, purl 3) around, ending with purl 4

Round 16:  (Knit 2 together, knit 2 together) around

Round 17:  Knit all stitches, then cut yarn to about 8 inches, place end on yarn needle, and thread through the remaining stitches twice.  Pull end of yarn through to underside of hat, weave in.  Weave in cast on tail. 


 It’s difficult to see in this view, but the top has a pretty star-shaped pattern in the middle.  My lovely model’s head is a bit small without her hair, but this will be stretched for optimum view on  normal size head.

Okay.  That’s it. 





2 Responses

  1. Thanks for the specifics. I love the hat – it looks like Christmas candy.

  2. Love the hat!

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