What a Twist by Lee Meredith

What a Twist

June 2013
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
13 stitches and 18 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
100 - 140 yards (91 - 128 m)
22" circumference and 8" tall
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Bulky cabled hat, worked sideways, then in the round, then sideways again, then in the round again.

This pattern was originally published in Knitscene Accessories 2013 as Pink Squish Hat. It was re-released as a self-published pattern in December 2014.

This hat uses what I call sideways edge cast-on and bind- off techniques to work in opposite directions with no picked up stitches or seaming. Combine that with the cables and garter stitch texture throughout, and the surface of this hat seems to twist and turn all over itself, in and out of the different sections.

The buttons serve two purposes: they are decorative, of course, and they prevent the need to seam or graft any edges together on the sideways sections.

This hat may not move along quite as speedily as other bulky knits, with the tight gauge and all those cables and turns, but it is still a quick knit in this squishy yarn, and with the unique construction saving you finishing steps, you will surely be satisfied with this cozy cloche when the knitting is done!

The Twist on a Classic fingerless mitts were designed to match - they are also in bulky yarn with matching squishy cables, and can use up yarn left over after making the hat.

You need
‣ approx 120 yards / 110 meters bulky weight yarn ‣ size US 10 1/2 (6.5mm) needles
-- 16”/40cm circular needle
-- set of double pointed needles (DPNs)
‣ a cable needle
‣ 1 stitch marker
‣ a yarn needle
‣ 2 buttons (approx 1”/2.5cm wide)

Sized to fit a 22 inch / 56 cm head circumference, but it’s stretchy and will fit slightly smaller/larger heads just fine. To adjust size more than a little, work at a smaller or larger gauge to get a smaller/larger hat.