Vortice beanie hat - knitting pattern

Bias-knit garter stitch creates a spiral of colour sweeping around the head to a four-pointed crown. Short rows, provisional cast-on and a Kitchener stitch finish (tutorials provided) ensure a perfect, seamless fit in four sizes.

Vortice’s angled garter ridges are perfect for taming a wild sock yarn; try it in a gradient set or use a mix of scraps to create bold colour wedges.

Skills required: 
Knit & purl sts, increases & decreases, short rows, provisional cast-on, grafting

28 sts x 42 rows to 4in/10cm on 2.75mm needles over St.St. 
 28 sts x 56 rows to 4in/10cm on 2.75mm needles over Garter St.


  • Illustrated knitting pattern
  • Metric and imperial measurements
  • Sizes to fit 17 (20, 22, 24) in/43.25 (50.75, 56, 61) cm (Finished size 13.75 (16, 18.25, 20.5) in/35 (40.75, 46.5, 52) cm; Finished depth 5.5 (6.5, 7.5, 8.5) in/14 (16.5, 19, 21.5) cm)
  • Written instructions; illustrated tutorials for Provisional Cast-on & Kitchener Stitch (Garter St.)

Materials you need at home:

  • 147 (203, 267, 340) yd/135 (186, 245, 311) m 4ply, fingering or sock weight, plied yarn (Sample shown in Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock (425yd/389m per 100g; 80% Superwash Merino, 20% Nylon))
50yd/46m yarn for a 6x6in/15x15cm swatch in Garter.St.

  • Pair 2.75mm/UK12/US2 straight needles or size needed to obtain gauge

  • 2.75mm crochet hook

  • Approx. 3yd/3m waste yarn

  • Stitch marker as necessary

  • Tapestry needle
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