Vortex Hat by Laura Cunitz

Vortex Hat

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November 2013
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 7 - 4.5 mm
70 - 110 yards (64 - 101 m)
Infant, Baby, Child, Adult Small, Adult large
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Knitting Nuance patterns are designed to introduce new or modified knitting techniques and the Vortex Hat has three. Take a closer look and you’ll notice the spiral design sits up on the front of the smooth stockinette. That’s because they use our new Showy Decrease, a modification of the k2tog decrease that adds height and texture to stockinette. These raised diagonal lines continue right tot the top where a two-tier hat closure adds texture where there’s been none before. This Double Decker hat top adds real interest to the top of hats. And let’s not forget the horizontal contrast created by the Duality Cast On. The pattern includes separate tutorials for all three of these straight forward modifications of existing techniques.

The Vortex Hat it the first in a trio of hat patterns highlighting the Showy & Subtle Decreases. The second, the Rip Cord Hat works with vertical Showy Decreases and the third, the Yosemite Dome Hat, uses Subtle Decreases to update the simple rib hat. This is the easiest of the three.

More information on Gauge and Yarn

  • The pattern includes details for five different examples of the hat.
  • 4 gauges and 5 cast on options are included which provide lots of flexibility.
  • Almost any smooth yarn will work, but you want one with some structure (merino, cotton blends) or some loft to highlight the raised spiral design.

What’s different about this hat pattern?

  • the raised Showy Decreases
  • the 2-direction Duality Cast On
  • the Double Decker Hat Top

There’s more information available on the KnittingNuances.com web site where you can download free sample pages of the pattern and find links to our Photobucket site which has more detailed pictures of the project and skills used.

Yarn Shops: We have a free class plan available when you sell this pattern. KnittingNuances.com/knitting-retailers