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Vortex Hat

Learn three new knitting techniques you'll want to use everywhere
Our new Showy Decreases pop off this hat in a high contrasting spiral that really stands out. Texture continues all the way to the top of the hat with our new Double Decker hat closure. The pattern includes five sizes, six gauges and details for five different styles.
knitting nuances vortex hat
It is the first of a trio of patterns designed to demonstrate the uses of Showy & Subtle Decrease. The next in the series is the Rip Cord Hat followed by the Yosemite Hat.

  • Nuance Skills
    This hat introduces new techniques from start to finish. If you're more of a beginner, it also has a simplified version.
    Knitting Nuance Skills Used:
    • Showy Decrease
    • Duality Crochet Cast On
    • Double Decker Hat Closure
    • Flexible i-Cord Bind Off
  • Gauge/Yarn
    Yarn Gauge: 4.0, 4.5, 5.0 or 5.5 stitches per inch (better if knit slightly tighter than ball gauge)
    Yardage: MC 100-125 yards, CC 20 yards (optional)

    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 or bridge 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. There is an option for a standard rib brim that is much easier.
  • Sizes
    Hat sizes includes five sizes; infant to large adult.
  • Notions
    Standard knitting notions needles, tapestry needle, markers and a crochet hook about 1mm larger than your knitting needle. You'll need 2 circular needles or one long one if you use the magic loop method.
  • Blog
    We blogged about it. You can read the blog post here.