Twisted Rope Hat by Talena Winters

Twisted Rope Hat

November 2010
Aran (8 wpi) ?
5 stitches and 7 rows = 1 inch
in stockinette stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
78 - 200 yards (71 - 183 m)
0 to 6 months, 3 to 12 months, 12 to 24 months, 2 to 5 years, Youth & Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large
low vision format available
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This pattern is available for free.

A chullo that’s classic, cute, and quick-to-knit.

One of my first and most popular designs, this classic earflap hat was inspired by a traditional chullo. With two lengths of earflaps to choose from and a back that is slightly longer than the front to cover the neck, this cozy toque will become your go-to winter beanie pattern for everyone in the family.

The hat is constructed in heavy worsted (aran)-weight yarn by first making the cabled headband, then picking up stitches for the crown and knitting in the round, then adding the earflaps. With so many choices, the Twisted Rope Hat is a winner for boys, girls, men, and women alike. Cast on today!


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Cabled hatband is cast on with Provisional Cast On and knit back and forth, then ends are grafted. Crown stitches are picked up and knit in the round on one side of hatband. Earflap stitches are picked up and knit in the round on other side of hatband, with ear flaps being completed knit back and forth. Finishing trim is added.

VARIANTS: Two different lengths of earflaps.


Measurements given are head circumference, not finished garment measurements. Age ranges are approximate.

  1. Infant (0 to 6 months): 14 to 16 inches (35.5 to 40.5 cm)
  2. Baby (3 to 12 months): 15.4 to 17 inches (39 to 43 cm)
  3. Toddler (12 to 24 months): 16.8 to 19 inches (42.5 to 48.5 cm)
  4. Child (2 to 5 years): 18.2 to 20 inches (46 to 51 cm)
  5. Youth & Adult Small: 19.6 to 22 inches (50 to 56 cm)
  6. Adult Medium: 21 to 24 inches (53.5 to 61 cm)
  7. Adult Large: 22.4 to 25 inches (57 to 63.5 cm)

Alteration instructions are included.



2 (2, 2, 2)(2, 3, 3) balls of plied aran-weight yarn with 70 metres in 50 grams (or 77 yards in 1.76 ounces)
Approximate yardages: 72 (82, 93, 118)(136, 166, 203) metres or 78 (89, 101, 128)(148, 180, 222) yards


  • Set of five eight-inch (20-cm) 4.0 mm (US 6) double-pointed needles OR one or two 24-inch (60-cm) circular needles of same size (or one long circular; see Tutorials)
  • Cable needle
  • Approximately 3.5 mm (US E4) crochet hook (for Provisional Cast On and picking up stitches)


  • Yarn needle
  • Long scrap of yarn for Provisional Cast On
  • Stitch holder
  • Five stitch markers to place on needles
  • Four rigid or pin-style stitch markers, two in each colour


20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) over stockinette stitch knit flat OR
22 stitches and 33 rounds = 4 inches (10 cm) over stockinette stitch in the round.


  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Make a gauge swatch in stockinette stitch

All other required stitches are explained.


  • Knitting cables back-and-forth (flat)
  • Knitting in the round using one or two circular needles or double-pointed needles
  • Basic increases and decreases
  • Provisional Cast On
  • Kitchener Stitch (or Grafting)
  • Picking up stitches


  • A comprehensive list of links to online tutorials on my website for necessary skills. Tutorials are screen-reader accessible, with instructions relayed fully in text, and also include videos and downloadable photo tutorials.
  • Full glossary
  • Schematic
  • Charts and written instructions for cables
  • Instructions for alterations



  • Homespun aran-weight wool yarn from Bloomin’ Acres Farms
  • Colourway: Undyed brown wool
  • Size: 5 (Adult Small)


  • Phildar Giboulées (80% acrylic), a thick-and-thin aran-weight yarn containing 80% acrylic and 20% wool with 70 metres in 50 grams (or 77 yards in1.76 ounces) that knits up to 17 stitches in 4 inches (10 cm) with size 4.5 mm (US size 7) needles.
  • Colourways: Natural Undyed and Brown
  • Size: 4 (Child)


  • Knit Picks Andes del Campo (100% wool), a plied aran-weight yarn with 150 metres in 100 grams (or 164 yards in 3.53 ounces) that knits up to 16 to 18 stitches per 4 inches (10 cm) on size 4.5 to 5.5 mm (US size 7 to 9) needles.
  • Colourway: Bare Natural
  • Size: 6 (Adult Medium)

Release Date: November 10, 2010
Most recent revision: July 2023
Publisher: My Secret Wish Publishing
Knitting pattern type: Multiple Design Options
Project type: Earflap Hat, Chullo Hat, Beanie, Toque
Page Count: 8
Page Count (Large Print): 43
ISBN (eBook): 978-1-998164-02-8
ISBN (Bookmarked PDF): 978-1-998164-03-5
ISBN (Large Print SRA PDF): 978-1-998164-04-2

COPYRIGHT AND LICENSING NOTICE: This pattern is copyright My Secret Wish by Talena. Your purchase of this pattern gives you the right to use it for personal, non-profit use only. To license the pattern to use for profit, please e-mail me for permission. You do NOT have the right to print the pattern for other people (unless they reside in your household) or to transfer the digital file to any other person. This pattern may not be sold, copied, or distributed in any way.

Update History:

  • 2016: Tweaked language and formatting.

July 25, 2023:

  • Revised formatting of PDF to align with current template style.
  • Clarified and simplified language where necessary.
  • Updated to use markers for simpler tracking while constructing different sections.
  • Added cable chart and schematic.
  • Reduced abbreviations to minimal amount.
  • Converted PDF to be screen reader accessible.
  • Updated URLs for new store and social links.
  • Added a Men’s Large size.
  • Adjusted pick-up stitch counts for crown and brim to 72 (80, 88, 96)(104, 112, 120). On Crown Decreases, decrease until 32 (40, 48, 56)(64, 72, 80) remain before decreasing every round.
  • Adjusted crown heights for sizes 2 through 6 to be a little more generous.
  • Created Large Print and ePUB versions


Pattern Accessibility (all formats):

Colour Blind Accessible – all text is black or very high-contrast, and no colour is used to relay pattern instructions.
Left-Handed Inclusive – instructions are given in terms of hand dominance and working needles, not right and left hands.

Bookmarked PDF:

This document can be navigated using bookmarks that link directly to various sections.
All images have ALT-text descriptions.
Fonts are embedded in the document, and it retains its original formatting.
Any charts are also fully written out.
Text uses minimal abbreviations to make the pattern easier to understand, and is written in plain language.
Best for printing or sighted knitters.

Screen Reader Accessible Large-Print PDF:

This document is a screen-reader-accessible PDF which can be read aloud using text-to-speech options and navigated via document headers. However, fonts may not be embedded and may display improperly. The document uses Verdana font minimum 24 points. All text is in a single column and left-justified with no italics. Text uses plain language with no abbreviations.

All images have ALT-text descriptions. Any charts are also fully written out. If this pattern contains charts, they are at an appropriate scale for Large Print. If the chart is large and will need to be pieced from several pages, the chart will be available separately.

The document was tested using Adobe Reader on a PC and an Android phone.

Plain-Language EPUB:

This document has been edited so text makes sense and flows smoothly when read aloud, and no abbreviations are used. Each section is bookmarked as a chapter. It can be read aloud by an eReader or the font can be resized using eReader settings. The pattern sections can be read straight through without having to return to earlier sections unless you need to refer to something such as a note, technique, or stitch explanation. All images have captions to explain context, but they are not necessary to understand the pattern. If the pattern includes charts, large-scale charts are also available in a separate Large-Print PDF, and all charted instructions are also written out.

This eBook was tested on a Windows PC (using the free Calibre e-reader, which you can get on their website) and an Android phone using the Google Play Books app.

Your file will be available for download as soon as you complete purchase. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns, or for pattern support.

COPYRIGHT AND LICENSING NOTICE: Your purchase of this pattern gives you the right to use it for personal, non-profit use only. To licence the pattern to use for profit, please e-mail me for permission. You do NOT have the right to print the pattern for other people (unless they reside in your household) or to transfer the digital file to any other person. This pattern may not be sold, copied, or distributed in any way.