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Heliosphere Hat

Here's how the Showy Decrease redefines the hat top!
The Vortex Hat gave you a glimpse into how the Showy Decrease can hide decreases in plain sight, but this Heliosphere Hat is where the fun really starts.
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So what's different about this hat? It has 3 new knitting ideas built in!
  • It starts with the Resilient Cast On for an edge that's both decorative and practical.
  • The Showy Decreases create a design that raised up on the right side of stockinette.
  • The Double Decker Hat close adds even more texture and interest at the very top.
Best of all, none of these "nuances" as we call them, are overly complex.

  • Nuance Skills
    This hat introduces new techniques from start to finish.
    Knitting Nuance Skills Used:
    • Resilient Cast On
    • Showy Decrease
    • Double Decker Hat Closure
  • Gauge/Yarn
    Yarn Gauge: 4.5, 5.0 or 5.5 stitches per inch (better if knit slightly tighter than ball gauge)
    Yardage: MC 100-125 yards

    Download our free sample pages for details of all the samples we show in the photos above.
  • Difficulty
    This project is good for intermediate knitters who can knit in the round on 2-circulars. While each technique is not difficult we are introducing a number of them in this pattern.
  • Sizes
    Infant, baby, child, teen, small and medium
  • Notions
    Standard knitting notions needles, tapestry needle, markers. You'll need 2 circular needles or one long one if you use the magic loop method.