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Twister Knit Hat

With its original all-spiral design, here is my new – Twister Knit Hat – which is a free pattern here on the blog! Read through my inspiration, design process and everything on the yarn I choose or scroll on down for the free pattern.

My Inspo Of The Twister Beanie

It had been a while since I had knitted, the last item was my “Chaud Time” mittens, a basic accessible to beginners.

The season becomes really cool here, especially in the morning and even in South west of France where I live. It didn’t take long to knit me a good warm hat!

I wanted something easy and quick to make but different from the eternal and a little boring stockinette stitch. I wanted an original but discreet and modern pattern, I came up with the idea of spirals that can recall whipped cream or a tornado as its name suggests: Twister!

It’s super comfy to wear, I’m so happy to share it with you! I feel that he will not leave me anymore !!

Plus? He is reversible!

Slouchy…Or Not Slouchy..

I wanted my beanie with a little slouchy side, the good news is you can tailor it however you want by just making it fit your head shape or giving it even more slouchy effect, I explains below, in the “notes” part, how to do this.

Beginner Friendly

The Twister Hat is a really easy and quick pattern to make. He is knitted in one go with circular needles. The spiral pattern is worked with knit stitch, purl stitch with just one stitch shift. It is accessible to beginners and experienced alike and would also make a great handmade gift idea for the holidays!

Yarn + Substitution

I used Phil Rapido from Phildar in Renne color for this project. It is a bulky weight so it offers a warm, quick knit effect for an affordable price. This yarn is light at the same time, which is great especially if you have to wear it on your head all day! Plus it has a soft, silky feel that doesn’t scratch at all and this is an important point for an accessory in contact with the skin. Finally, it contains 25% wool which guarantees a resistant and breathable finish for the winter.

With only two balls you can knit the Twister hat!

Here are some substitution ideas:

Heartland Thick and Quick from Lion Brand Yarn

Bergere de France 100% Recyclé 8 

Bernat Softee Chunky Ombres 

I try to make sure any yarns I’m substituting are absolutely no more than 0.5 yards per gram difference from the yarn originally used in the pattern. The lower this number is, the closer these comparative yarns will be in gauge, resulting in a seamless finished project!



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The Twister hat is a quick and easy project to do. It is worked in one go on circular needles, from bottom up, in the round (seamless), with 1×1 ribs, the repeating pattern and then the decreases. Available in one size: Adult, it is easily adaptable.


Circumference: 20.5”/53 cm.

To fit: 21-22.5”/ 54-57 cm head circumference.

Height: 8.5”/22 cm.


Phil Rapido from Phildar (bulky/45yds/41 m = 50 g) | Color: Renne.
↠ 81yds/74 meters/90g = 2 balls.


– Ribbing: Size US 10.5 /6.5 mm – 16”/40cm circular needles

-Main Fabric: Size US 11 /8 mm – 16”/40cm circular needles

-Decreases: Size US 11 /8 mm – DPNs


Tapestry needle

Pompom or pompoms maker


– Optionnal: Row counter

Gauge (4”/10 cm)

Stockinette stitch in the round using larger needles: 12 sts x 16 rows
Pattern stitch in the round using larger needles: 13 sts x 19 rows


st: stitch | dec: decrease | K: Knit | P: Purl

Stitches Used

↠ Decrease : 2sts knitted together


– Measure the circumference just above the ears, all around.
-If you would like more length for a slouchier fit, add more rows before starting the decreases. For less length, do not knit row 35 to 37.
-If you would like a smaller or larger size, remove or add a multiple of 4 stitches. Example for a child size, head circumference: approx20.5”/ 52cm = cast on 60 stitches.


With US 10.5 / 6.5mm needles:
Cast on 64 sts, place a marker and join in round.

Other casting on method (the one that I used):
Cast on 65 sts, slip 1st on the other needle joining in round, pass the next stitch (first one of the other needle) over the slip stitch.


Round 1 to 6 : *1K, 1P* repeat from * to * until the end of the row.

With US 11 / 8mm needles:
Round 7 : * 3K, 1P* repeat from * to * until the end of the row.
Round 8 : 2K, 1P, *3K, 1P * repeat from * to * until the end of the row (1K at the end).
Round 9 : 1K, 1P, *3K, 1P * repeat from * to * until the end of the row (2K at the end).
Round 10 : * 1P, 3K * repeat from * to * until the end of the row.

Round 11 to 34 : Repeat round 7 to round 10. (six more times.)
Round 35 : repeat round 7.
Round 36 : repeat round 8.
Round 37 : repeat round 9.

Round 38 : * 2K, 1dec * repeat from * to * until the end of the row.
Round 39 : (With DPNs) * 1K, 1dec * repeat from * to * until the end of the row.
Round 40 : * 1K, 1dec * repeat from * to * until the end of the row.
Round 41 : * 1dec * repeat from * to * until the end of the row.

Cut the thread leaving 10” / 25cm of tail. Thread the tapestry needle and pass it through each remaining stitch on the needles while releasing them on the thread (photo 1). Pull on the thread to close the top of the hat (photo 2). Bring the thread inside and tie a knot. Weave in ends.

Your Twister Hat is finished, you are ready to face winter!

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Special thanks to my testers for their participation on this pattern before its release.

Photo from one my testers M.

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