When you’re faced with weather reports that include words like icy, arctic, freezing, and blustery, it’s time to take your hat game to the next level. You can’t just go big; you have to go giant!
For our Giant Twisted Rib Hat, we combined the powers of a springy twisted rib with our incredibly sumptuous Gentle Giant merino. Together they hug your head with a giant squishy, soft, and snuggly embrace.
On these cold and windy days, while some may say, “Go big or go home,” I say, “Go giant or stay home!” Ride out the rest of this winter with a Giant Twisted Rib Hat!. -Laura
- Main Color (MC): 1 (2) skein(s) of Purl Soho’s Gentle Giant, 100% merino wool
- Contrast Color (CC): 1 skein of Purl Soho’s Gentle Giant, 100% merino wool
- US 17, 16-inch circular needles
- A set of US 17 double pointed needles
- 4 stitch markers, including 1 unique marker of a different color or shape
NOTE: If you’d like to make this hat in one color, you will need 2 total skeins for both the sizes.
KID HAT IN PINKS
- MC: Calico Pink
- CC: Pink Sky
KID HAT IN NEUTRALS
- MC: White Peppercorn
- CC: Wolf Brown
- MC: Winter Bark
- CC: White Peppercorn
8 stitches and 10 rows = 4 inches in Twisted Rib, unstretched
To make a flat swatch of Twisted Rib…
Cast on an even number of stitches.
Row 1: *K1 through the back loop (tbl), p1 tbl, repeat from * to end of row.
Repeat Row 1.
Toddler/Small Kid (Adult)
- Finished Circumference: 16 (20) inches, unstretched, comfortably stretches to 19 (23) inches
- Finished Height: 12 (14) inches
Typically for an ssk we slip the first stitch knitwise and the second purlwise, as demonstrated in our video tutorial. For this pattern, however, we slip both stitches purlwise so that the top stitch is also twisted. This way the ssk blends beautifully with the Twisted Rib fabric. So…
Ssk (slip slip knit): Slip two stitches together purlwise, insert left needle into front of both slipped stitches, k2tog.
With MC, cast 32 (40) stitches onto the circular needles.
NOTE: I used a Long Tail Tubular Cast On because it’s nice and stretchy, but a basic Long Tail Cast On would also do! If you do a Long Tail Tubular Cast On, be aware that, because this rib is twisted, the Foundation Rows are slightly different than in our tutorial.
IF YOU DID A LONG TAIL TUBULAR CAST ON…
Foundation Row 1: *Knit 1, slip one with yarn in front, repeat from * to end of row.
Foundation Row 2: *Knit 1 through the back loop (tbl), slip 1 with yarn in front, repeat from * to end of row.
IF YOU DID A LONG TAIL CAST ON OR SIMILAR…
Continue on to the next section, Continue in Twisted Rib.
Continue in Twisted Rib
Place unique marker and join for working in the round, being careful to not twist the stitches.
Round 1: *K1 through the back loop (tbl), p1 tbl, repeat from * to end of round.
Repeat Round 1 until piece measures 8 (8 3/4) inches from cast-on edge.
Cut MC yarn.
Change Colors + Shape Crown
NOTE: Change to double pointed needles when necessary.
Set-Up Round: [(K1 tbl, p1 tbl) four (five) times, place marker] three times, *k1 tbl, p1 tbl, repeat from * to end of round.
Round 1: [Ssk (see NOTES above), *k1 tbl, p1 tbl, repeat from * to next marker, slip marker] four times. [28 (36) stitches]
Round 2: [K2 tbl, *p1 tbl, k1 tbl, repeat from * to one stitch before next marker, p1 tbl, slip marker] four times.
Round 3: [Ssk, *p1 tbl, k1 tbl, repeat from * to one stitch before next marker, p1 tbl] four times. [24 (32) stitches]
Round 4: *K1 tbl, p1 tbl, repeat from * to end of round.
Repeat Round 1 and then Round 3 one (two) more times. [16 stitches]
Repeat Round 1. [12 stitches]
Next Round: [Ssk, p1 tbl] four times. [8 stitches]
Next Round: Ssk four times. [4 stitches]
Cut CC and thread the tail onto a tapestry needle. Draw the needle through the remaining stitches, pull taut, and bring the tail to the inside of the hat.
Weave in the ends and block as desired.