Necker Cube Hat by Claire Nordlow

Necker Cube Hat

December 2008
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
8 stitches and 8.5 rows = 1 inch
in stranded colorwork pattern
US 2 - 2.75 mm
200 - 400 yards (183 - 366 m)
Adult, Child
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Two Errata:
Both sizes: On the crown decrease chart, there are symbols for decreases in row 3, but decreases don’t start until row #4. Knit row #3 exactly as charted, but ignore the symbols indicating decreases in that row.

Baby: The pattern says to knit two repeats of the main pattern, but you should knit 3.

I will be updating the .pdf file shortly. Thank you!

The yarn pictured is KnitPicks Palette in Eggplant and Cream. One ball (231 yards per 50 grams) of each color is more than enough to make both the adult and child sized hats shown.

The adult hat measures approx. 20 inches in diameter, with nice loose floats the hat fits heads at least 21 to 24 inches (the head in the photo is 22”). The kid’s hat measures 14 inches in diameter. The child in the picture is 9 months old and there is plenty of room to stretch.

The pattern construction is pretty basic for a hat, you cast on, knit the ribbing and the pattern in the round, and decrease for the crown. All colorwork patterns are presented in chart form.

One of my favorite mindless doodles is a series of blocks stacked on top of each other. This hat grew out of many experiments trying to turn that doodle (basically a variation on stacked Necker cubes) into a stranded colorwork pattern. This may not be quite the same as the doodle, but the repetitive geometric feel is still there. Once I finished charting out the pattern I realized it looked a little less like Necker Cubes and a little more like a hatch pattern (if you do a google image search of “Escher Hatch Pattern” you’ll see what I mean).

I am presenting this pattern for personal use. Please do not sell the pattern or items made from the pattern without asking first.