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Swirly Hat

Happy Father's Day to all of the dads out there!
I made this hat for my dad a few months ago. My dad is one of my biggest supporters in life, and I don't know what I would do without him. I certainly wouldn't be where I am today without him. I figured the least I could do for him was make sure his head is warm when he visits me up north, right? 
I was having trouble finding good hat patterns that were masculine. I saw something similar to this and knew it was the one with some tweaking!
I chose this color because it happens to match the scarf my dad always wears (although, I was certainly willing to knit him a matching scarf if I had to!!). This hat can be done in any color! A pom pom on top might even be a fun addition!


Needles: 10mm/US 15 double-pointed needles (3)

Yarn: Lion Brand Yarn - Wool-Ease Thick & Quick; Sequoia; 106 yds

Yarn Needle 

Gauge: 3 sts x 3 rows = 1”

Size: Adult male


K = knit

P = purl

Sts = stitches

*…* = repeat between * until the end of the row

K2tog = knit 2 sts together


Cast on 66 sts and divide evenly among 3 needles and prepare to join in the round (You can cast on in any multiple of 6 to customize the size).

Row 1-3: *k3, p3*

Row 4-6: k2, *k3, p3*, k1

Row 7-9: k1, *k3, p3*, k2

Row 10-12: p3, *k3, p3*, k3

Row 13-15: p2, *k3, p3*, k3, p1

Row 16-18: p1, *k3, p3*, k3, p2

Repeat rows 1-18 until desired length is reached, stopping after any group of 3. I stopped after row 33 (Row 15 in the pattern).

Decrease Rows:

Depending on where you left off depends on how you bind off.

First decrease row: Within each group of 3 sts, knit/purl the first 2 stitches in the group together and knit/purl the last stitch in the group. You should finish the row with 44 sts but may vary depending on how you chose to approach the first and last stitch in row if end on a row that doesn’t start with a k3 or p3.

Second decrease row: knit or purl the remaining sts in pattern accordingly. (22sts)

Third decrease row: *k2tog* (11sts)

Break yarn and pull through remaining stitches.

If you try out this pattern and post a picture on instagram, be sure to tag me so I see it (@knitting_with_sara) and hashtag #swirlyhat! Happy knitting!


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