Nautilus Hat by Marnie MacLean

Nautilus Hat

January 2003
Aran (8 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
US 6 - 4.0 mm
110 - 165 yards (101 - 151 m)
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This pattern is available for free.

Pattern Description from

… Year after year beheld the silent toil That spread his lustrous coil; Still, as the spiral grew, He left the past year’s dwelling for the new, Stole with soft step its shining archway through, Built up its idle door, Stretched in his last-found home, and knew the old no more…. “The Chambered Nautilus” Oliver Wendell Holmes

“This hat, in two forms, is worked from the top down. Her version (in gray with eyelets) is worked in the round to avoid an unsightly seam that may migrate to the side or front. The man’s version (in blue with no eyelets) can be worked flat or in the round. Both produce a nifty spiral pattern at the crown. Her version highlights this effect with eyelets that are worked the entire length of the hat. His version has a folded hem, while Hers uses a seed stitch band to keep the hat from rolling.

Maybe more than any other item of clothing other than undergarments, hats require soft yarns that don’t itch and irritate. Paco is a cotton/alpaca mix that is so versatile, you may not be able to stop with a hat.“


  • 1-1.5 skein of PACO in color of choice
  • Several yards of PACO in contrasting color of choice (his version, only)
  • 1 set of #6 double pointed needles (her version)
  • 1 set of #6 12”-16” circular needles (his version, optional for her version)
  • Stitch marker (her version only)
  • Tapestry needle

Yarn Substitution: Paco is a worsted weight cotton/alpaca blend. Any worsted weight yarn for which you are able to obtain gauge, should work well.