Helical beanie - knitting pattern

Slipped stitches whirl around the head to break up pooling and create flattering lines in this quick-knitting slouch Hat. Grab a skein of heavy DK or worsted yarn and take this opportunity to practise cabling without a needle – a tutorial is provided.

Skills required
: Knit & purl sts, knitting in the round, increases & decreases, slipped stitches, specialist cast-on, cables

22 sts x 31 rows to 4in/10cm on 3.75mm needles over St. St. 
 21 sts x 42 rows to 4in/10cm on 3.75mm needles over Garter St.
 21 sts x 32 rows to 4in/10cm on 3.75mm needles over Twisted Rib, lightly stretched


  • Illustrated knitting pattern
  • Metric and imperial measurements
  • Sizes to fit 20 (22, 24) in/50.75 (56, 61) cm (Finished size 17.25 (19, 21) in/43.75 (48.25, 53.25) cm)
  • Written instructions; illustrated tutorials for Alternate Cable Cast-on and Cabling without a needle

Materials you need at home:

  • 170 (207, 248) yd/155 (189, 227) m heavy DK or Worsted weight, plied yarn (Sample shown in Socks That Rock Heavy Weight (350yd/320m per 7oz/198g; 100% Superwash Merino))
34yd/31m yarn for a 6x6in/15x15cm swatch in St.St.

  • Set 3.75mm/UK9/US5 DPNs/Circular or size needed to obtain gauge

  • Stitch marker as necessary

  • Tapestry needle

  • Cable needle
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