Techniques used

  • Cast on stitches
  • Cast off stitches
  • Knit in the round
  • Purl in the round
  • Stitch decreases
  • Cables – chart provided

Twisted Hat - English


Twisted Hat is knit from the bottom up in the round as a single piece. The edge is worked in twisted rib and the hat is then worked in a twisted stitch pattern using 2 cable needles. The crown is shaped with carefully placed decreases that allow the twisted stitch pattern to continue right to the top of the hat.


To fit head circumference 49-51 (52-54) 55-57 (58-60) cm [19.25-20 (20.5-21.25) 21.75-22.5 (22.75-23.5) inches]

Finished measurements

Hat circumference: approx. 40 (42.5) 45 (47.5) cm [15.75 (16.75) 17.75 (18.5) inches]

Length: approx. 19 (21) 23 (23) cm [7.5 (8.25) 9 (9) inches]


Stocking stitch: 22 stitches x 28 rows = 10 x 10 cm [4 x 4 inches] in stocking stitch on a 4.00 mm [US6] needle, measured after washing and blocking of a swatch.

Gauge in Twisted stitch pattern according to Chart 1: 25-26 stitches x 37 rows = 10 x 10 cm [4 x 4 inches] on a 4.00 mm [US6] needle, measured after washing and blocking of a swatch that is worked in the round. Note that in most cases, a swatch that meets the right gauge in stocking stitch should be sufficient if using a stretchy yarn. See note about choosing size at the end of this page.

Suggested needle size

4.00 mm [US6] circular needle, 3.50 mm [US4] circular needle for ribbed edge, and 4.00 mm [US6] double-pointed needles to shape the crown of the hat if not using magic loop method.


Recommended yarn: 50-75 (50-75) 75-100 (75-100) g Drops Merino Extra Fine (DK, 50 g = 105 m [115yds]).

Additional: stitch marker, 2 cable needles, tapestry needle.

Note about choosing the right size:

Twisted Hat is designed as a snug fitting hat that hugs the head without sitting too tight. I recommend using a merino wool or another yarn type that has elastic properties as the twisted stitch pattern forms a compact knitted fabric that benefits from elasticity. As a rule of thumb, if you can stretch your swatch so that it is about 25 % bigger while you stretch it, then you should choose the hat size that matches your head circumference. If you choose a less elastic yarn, I recommend knitting the next size up.