Tornado Hat by Bev Pilarzyk

Tornado Hat

by Bev Pilarzyk
January 2013
Aran (8 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 8 - 5.0 mm
150 - 180 yards (137 - 165 m)
Child, Adult
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Shaped like a tornado, the Tornado Hat features a foldover garter stitch brim for warmth, with traveling stitches winding around the body of the hat. As you decrease for the crown the traveling stitches evolve into a spiraling braid. The braid hangs like a natural ponytail, making it a great option for a chemo hat.

I made samples in a variety of different Aran weight yarns and had some slight variations to gauge with different yarns, but all yielded hats within the range of average adult hat size. (21” - 23”) The adult size used approximately 180 yards. This is 1 full skein of Classic Shades, slightly more than 1 skein for the other recommended yarns.

Will need Size 8(5mm) dpns in addition to 16” circular needle, stitch marker, scissors, darning needle, and a 4” square of cardboard for making the tassel.