Thursday, February 8, 2018

Little Flicker Hat

Little Flicker Hat
Little Flicker Hat
size Adult Small/Medium

The story behind this hat is simple: I've been hanging onto this yarn for what feels like FOREVER now and I finally pulled it out of the drawer the other day and the light just flicked on - I knew exactly what it wanted to be. And this fun-to-knit hat is not just quick to work up, either, but also unisex so you can make it for whomever you'd like!

Sizes: Adult Small/Medium (Adult Medium/Large)

Yarn: Malabrigo Arroyo (100% Superwash Merino Wool; 335 yards [305 meters]/100 grams); #866 Arco Iris - one skein

Little Flicker Hat
A look at the finish.
Needles: One 16" circular needle in size US 5, one 16" circular needle in size US 6, and one set of double pointed needles (dpns), also in size US 6

Notions: Tapestry needle

Gauge: 20 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette

So let's make a hat! First off, then, using your size US 5 needles, cast on 108 (117) stitches loosely, place marker, and join in round. Then we'll work a ribbing, as follows:

Ribbing Row: * p1, k2; rep from *

Knit this ribbing row until piece measures roughly 2", transfer work to your size US 6 circular needle, and then we'll work some transition rows, as follows. Notice that you'll need the following notation to continue; you can also find videos for these techniques below.

rt (right twist): knit two together, leaving stitches on left-hand needle; next, insert right-hand needle from the front between the two stitches just knitted together, and knit the first stitch again.  Finally, slip both stitches from left-hand needle together 

lt (left twist): with right-hand needle behind left-hand needle, skip one stitch and knit the second stitch in back loop; then insert right-hand needle into the backs of both stitches and k2tog-b (knit two together through back loops, inserting right needle from the right)

So, once you've got those techniques down, proceed like so:

Transition Row 1: * p1, lt, p1, k2, p1, rt; rep from *

Transition Row 2: * p1, k1 through back loop (k1-tbl), k1, p1, k2, p1, k1, k1-tlb *

Transition Row 3: * p1, k1-tbl, lt, k2, rt, k1-tbl *

Transition Row 4: * p1, k1-tbl, k6, k1-tbl *

Transition Row 5: * p1, k1-tbl, k1, lt, rt, k1, k1-tbl *

Transition Row 6: * p1, k1-tbl, k6, k1-tbl *

Transition Row 7: * k1, lt, k1, rt, k1, rt *

Transition Row 8: knit

Transition Row 9: * k2, lt, k2, rt, k1 *

Transition Row 10: knit

Transition Row 11: * k3, lt, rt, k2 *

Transition Row 12: knit

Transition Row 13: * k4, lt, k3 *

Complete transition rows 1 - 13 (both sizes). Then, knit in stockinette until piece measures roughly 7 - 7.5" (8 - 8.5") and you've just finished a round (in my finished piece, which I made in the smaller size, I worked until it measured 7.5" but you can see that it doesn't fit snugly so you could make it a bit shorter). Then we'll work the following transition rows:

Transition Row 1: * k4, lt, k3 *

Transition Row 2: knit

Transition Row 3: * k3, rt, lt, k2 *

Transition Row 4: knit

Transition Row 5: * k2, rt, k2, lt, k1 *

Transition Row 6: knit

Transition Row 7: * k1, rt, k4, lt *

Transition Row 8: knit

Knit these eight transition rows (both sizes), and then we'll work the decrease, as follows:

Decrease Row 1: * p1, ssk, k4, k2tog * (84 stitches [91 stitches])

Decrease Row 2: * p1, k6 *

You'll probably want to transfer your work to your dpns now...

Decrease Row 3: * p1, ssk, k2, k2tog * (60 stitches [65 stitches])

Decrease Row 4: * p1, k4 *

Decrease Row 5: * p1, ssk, k2tog * (36 stitches [39 stitches])

Decrease Row 6: * p1, k2 *

Decrease Row 7: * p1, k2tog * (24 stitches [26 stitches])

Decrease Row 8: * k2tog * (12 stitches [13 stitches])

Complete decrease rows 1 - 8, clip yarn tail, and use tapestry needle to thread through remaining 12 (13) stitches. Pull tight, thread to inside of hat, and knot. Tuck in ends and block, if desired. 

Little Flicker Hat
Little Flicker Hat
Little Flicker Hat
Little Flicker Hat
Little Flicker Hat
Little Flicker Hat


  1. That's gorgeous! I love how the crown detail echoes the pattern around the brim.

    1. Thanks Robynn! That's just what I was going for. :)

  2. Love this! Now I know what MY yarn wanted to be when it grew up! Thanks!!

    1. It's always so exciting moment, isn't it??? :) Anyway, let me know if you have any questions!!!

  3. Awesome hat! I'm doing the 52 Hats in 2018 challenge & will definitely add this one to my list of hats to knit. Thanks!

    1. Wow, I admire your resolve! Good luck and let me know if you need any help with this one! :)