Thundertwist by Knitting Daddy Greg


September 2017
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
150 yards (137 m)
One size: Adult
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Like thunderbolts flashing from the sky, slender cables zig-zag down from the crown of this hat — but they have a twist! Not only do you knit these thunderbolts from the bottom up, but their stitch definition is as sharp as a lightning flash thanks to the use of twisted stitches. Worked in worsted-weight yarn, this fast and fun-to-knit hat is a great introduction to Bavarian twisted stitches and would be a perfect use for handspun yarns.

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Skills Required

  • Knit & purl, cast-on
  • Decreases (knit 2 together, slip slip knit)
  • Cables (instructions included)
  • Working from charts (optional)


  • 4 stitch markers
  • Cable needle
  • Yarn needle for weaving in ends
  • Balloon (optional)

Finished Measurements

Circumference: 19 inches (48.5cm)
Height: 8.5 inches (21.5cm)

Photographer: Katie Drew
Tech editor: Ellen M. Silva
Test knitters: Ashley Giddens (dejesus25), Laura Gorton (LauraKnitsPA), Mary Sue Moore (msuem), Sarah Clark (socksrocks), Tara Fiebach (tarafiebach)