spirale by alfa knits
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spirale

Knitting
January 2018
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 41 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch (see also notes on gauge and size)
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
175 - 252 yards (160 - 230 m)
S, M and L (see notes)
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Spirale is a hat worked back and forth at a very tight gauge. It starts at the top with only four stitches gradually getting wider and forming a strip. The strip is spiraling down joining as you go with a special technique. It can be worn as is - a long hat - or the brim can be folded back and the top spirals pushed down.

It is a a very fun and addictive project. I made four of them and some of the testers made several too. It has been known that finished hats often disappear…

Tech edited by Sue-Cat

Sizes
S, M and L: head circumference: 52-56 / 55-59 / 58-63 cm (20½-22” / 21½-23¼” / 23-25” /
finished measurements (brim): 50.5 / 52.5 / 55 cm (19¾” / 20½” / 22”)

What you’ll need
The heavier the yarn weight, the better it keeps its shape.
minimum aran weight / 10 ply (200 m / 220 yards per 100 gr)
to bulky weight (120 m / 130 yards per 100 gr)
± 165 to 230 m / 180 to 250 yards
3 mm (US 2½) circular needle (60 or 80 cm / 24 to 31½ “)
4 removable markers
tapestry needle
Don’t try to make this hat in a DK-weight yarn, unless you pair it with a fingering weight held together - sport or DK weight held double should also work. It really should be a very dense and stiff fabric to keep its shape.

Gauge
23 sts and 22 ridges (= 44 rows) in garter stitch, unblocked
= 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)