Sunday, March 3, 2013

Berry Swirl Hat

Berry Swirl Hat
And here's my second hat, which you will probably notice is in the exact same yarn as the Ripple Lattice Hat!  True story: I had two balls of the yarn.  Also, it's kind of fun to see how the same yarn knits in different designs, especially when that yarn is variegated, which always brings in an element of the unknown.  As far as this particular hat is concerned, the swirl effect is obviously a product of the variegation, so my recommendation if you're looking for a similar effect is to find a yarn that, in a ball, looks like it contains roughly the same amount of variegation.  In other words, not too much of a second color (see ball below).  And yet again, please see the Glossary if any of these terms are unfamiliar.  Otherwise, let's begin!

Yarn: SMC Riana Color (50% New Wool, 45% Acrylic, 5% Viscose; 131 yards [120 meters]/50 grams); #5843 - don't know the color name, might be discontinued, but this hat, like the other, only uses one skein.

Needles: One 16" circular needle in size 9, one set of double pointed needles (dpn), also in size 9

Notions: Marker, tapestry needle

Yeah, it's the same picture as before!!!
Gauge: 19 stitches x 25 rows = 10 cm x 10 cm

Cast on 96 stitches, place marker, and join in a round

* k1, p1 * 1 inch in ribbing

The majority of this hat is knit in Berry Stitch, which I found in one of my favorite knitting books, or in other words on page 221 of Barbara G. Walker's A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns

Row 1: * k3tog, (p1, yo, p1) in same stitch; rep from *

Rows 2 - 4: * k1, p3 *
Row 5: * (p1, yo, p1) in same stitch, k3tog *

Rows 6 – 8: * p3, k1 *
Repeat rows 1 – 8 three times in total, then repeat rows 1 – 4.  Switch to dpns and it’s time to decrease!
Row 1 of decrease: * (p1, yo, p1) in same stitch, k3tog, (p1, yo, p1) in same stitch, k3tog, pfb, k3tog *

Rows 2 – 4: * p3, k1, p3, k1, p2, k1 *

Row 5: * k3tog, (p1, yo, p1) in same stitch, k3tog, pfb, k2tog, pfb*

Rows 6 – 8: *k1, p3, k1, p2, k1, p2 *

Row 9: *pfb, k3tog, pfb, k2tog, pfb, k2tog *

Rows 10: *p2, k1 *

Row 11: *p2tog, k1, p2, k1 *

Row 12: * p1, k1, p2tog, k1 *

Row 13: * k3tog, pfb *

Row 14: * k1, p2tog *

Row 15: * p2tog *

Cut yarn tail to 12 inches, use yarn needle to loop through last 12 stitches which remain.  Tuck in ends.


  1. Bought some sock yarn (Intrepid Tulip's 'Britain'), but have decided to make a men's hat instead. Really like this berry swirl hat. Any particular advice for how to adapt for sock yarn, other than number of stitches?

    1. You know, I made this hat so long ago I nearly forgot about it! I would also gauge down the ribbing - use a needle one or two sizes smaller than your main pattern one. And, like you said, change your stitch count. Make sure to use a multiple of 12 for the decrease! :)

  2. Hi, this hat is featured on All Free Knitting today. Their link just takes you to your home page. It took me quite a while to find this pattern. On the plus side, I found several others that I liked while paging through.
    Maybe you could update the link on their site?
    Thank you for the beautiful patterns and well written instructions!

    1. Hi there!

      Glad you like the pattern. Unfortunately, I have no control over the AllFreeKnitting site. If it happens again, though, feel free to comment or message me through my Facebook with a link to their page, and I can take a quick peek and then find the correct pattern for you (sadly, searching pattern names wouldn't usually work either since they often rename them). :)