A twisted rib offers structure and definition, but its tidy braid-like ridges also lend a thoughtful beauty, and when teamed with our Cashmere Merino Bloom, an elegance, too.

Twisted Rib Hat + Mittens In Cashmere Merino Bloom | Purl Soho

Twisted Rib Hat + Mittens are timeless knits, but the colors we used are brand new to the world! We have just added nine gorgeous colors to our Cashmere Merino Bloom palette, and four of them are represented right here on the tips and crowns of these knits: sweet Conch Shell, briny Golden Green, rich Warm Honey, and mint-condition Vintage Jade.

Twisted Rib Hat + Mittens In Cashmere Merino Bloom | Purl Soho

Explore all 31 colors of our supremely soft and cozy Cashmere Merino Bloom, and cast on for this free pattern, sized for pretty much everyone!

Twisted Rib Hat + Mittens In Cashmere Merino Bloom | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Laura Ferguson.

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Materials

Twisted Rib Hat + Mittens In Cashmere Merino Bloom | Purl Soho

Hat

  • Main Color (MC): 1 skein of Purl Soho’s Cashmere Merino Bloom, 75% extra fine merino and 25% cashmere. Each skein is 218 yards/ 100 grams; approximately 89 (117, 144, 175) total yards required.
  • Contrast Color (CC): 1 skein of Cashmere Merino Bloom; approximately 34 (45, 48, 58) total yards required
  • US 6 (4 mm), 16-inch circular needles
  • A set of US 6 double pointed needles
  • Stitch markers, including four removable

Mittens

  • Main Color (MC): 1 (1, 2) skein(s) of Purl Soho’s Cashmere Merino Bloom, 75% extra fine merino and 25% cashmere. Each skein is 218 yards/ 100 grams; approximately 93 (165, 250) total yards required.
  • Contrast Color (CC): 1 skein of Cashmere Merino Bloom; approximately 10 (30, 44) total yards required
  • A set of US 5 (3.75 mm) double pointed needles
  • A set of US 6 (4 mm) double pointed needles
  • Stitch markers, including one unique and four removable

NOTE: To make both the hat and mittens, you will need…

  • MC: 1 (1, 2, 2) skein(s) of Cashmere Merino Bloom; approximately 183 (211, 310, 430) yards required
  • CC: 1 (1, 1, 1) skein of Cashmere Merino Bloom; approximately 45 (55, 76, 102) yards required

GAUGE

29 stitches and 28 rounds = 4 inches in Twisted Rib, using larger needles

SIZES

Hat

Baby/Toddler (Kid, Adult Small, Adult Large)

  • Finished Circumference: 13¼ (15½, 17¾, 20) inches unstretched, comfortably stretching to 15½ (18¼, 21, 23) inches 
  • Finished Height: 7¾ (8¾, 10, 11) inches, with instructions to modify

Mittens

Toddler/Kid (Adult Small, Adult Large)

  • Finished Circumference at Palm: 4½ (6½, 8½) inches, comfortably stretching to 5½ (7¾, 9) inches 
  • Finished Length from Cuff to Tip: 8¾ (10½, 12¼) inches, with instructions to modify

We knit the sizes and colors below…

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  • Kid Size
    • Hat: MC is Heirloom White; CC is Golden Green
    • Mittens: MC is Heirloom White; CC is Vintage Jade
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  • Adult Small Size
    • Hat: MC is Reed Gray; CC is Conch Shell
    • Mittens: MC is Reed Gray; CC is Warm Honey

NOTES

S2kp (slip 2, k1, psso): Slip 2 stitches together knitwise, k1, pass slipped stitches over knit stitch and off right needle. [2 stitches decreased]

Ssk (slip, slip knit): Slip two stitches together purlwise, insert left needle into front of both slipped stitches, k2tog. [1 stitch decreased] NOTE: Typically for an ssk we slip the first stitch knitwise and the second purlwise. For this pattern, however, we slip both stitches purlwise so that the top stitch is twisted, blending beautifully with the Twisted Rib fabric.

PATTERN

HAT

CAST ON + WORK IN TWISTED RIB

With MC, cast 96 (112, 128, 144) stitches onto circular needles. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Place marker and join for working in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches. 

Round 1: *K1 through the back loop (tbl), p1, repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat Round 1 until piece measures 4¾ (5½, 6½, 6¾) inches from cast-on edge.

Cut MC.

Join CC.

Repeat Round 1 for ½ inch or until piece measures 2½ (2¾, 3, 3¾) inches less than desired finished height.

SHAPE CROWN

Set-Up Round: [K1 tbl, p1] 6 (7, 8, 9) times, k1 tbl, place removable stitch marker on just-worked stitch, [(p1, k1 tbl) 12 (14, 16, 18) times, place marker on just-worked stitch] 3 times, p1, *k1 tbl, p1, repeat from * to end of round. 

Round 1: [*K1 tbl, p1, repeat from * to two stitches before next marked stitch, k1 tbl, remove marker, s2kp (see Notes), place marker on just-worked stitch] 4 times, **k1 tbl, p1, repeat from ** to end of round. [8 stitches decreased]

Round 2: [*K1tbl, p1, repeat from * to 1 stitch before next marked stitch, k1 tbl, remove marker, k1 tbl, place marker on just-worked stitch] 4 times, **k1 tbl, p1, repeat from ** to end of round. 

Round 3: *K1 tbl, p1, repeat from * to 1 stitch before next marked stitch, remove marker, s2kp, place marker on just-worked stitch, [**p1, k1 tbl, repeat from ** to 2 stitches before next marked stitch, p1, remove marker, s2kp, place marker on just-worked stitch] 3 times, p1, ***k1 tbl, p1, repeat from *** to end of round. [8 stitches decreased]

Round 4: *K1 tbl, p1, repeat from * to end of round, moving the markers up one round as you come to them.

Repeat Rounds 1-4 two (2, 2, 3) more times. [48 (64, 80, 80) stitches remain]

Repeat Rounds 1 and 3 (omitting Round 2) 2 (3, 4, 4) more times. [16 stitches remain]

Next Round: [K1 tbl, s2kp] 4 times, removing removable stitch markers as you come to them. [8 stitches remain]

Cut yarn and thread tail onto tapestry needle. Draw the needle through the remaining stitches, pull taut, and bring the tail to the inside of the hat.

FINISHING

Weave in the ends and gently wet block.

MITTENS

CAST ON + WORK IN TWISTED RIB

With smaller double pointed needles and MC, cast on 32 (48, 64) stitches and distribute them over 3 needles. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Place unique marker for end of round and join for working in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.

Round 1: *K1 through the back loop (tbl), p1, repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat Round 1 until piece measures 2 ½ (3, 3 ½) inches from cast-on edge or to desired length to bottom of Gusset.

SHAPE THUMB GUSSET

Change to larger double pointed needles.

Set-Up Round: K1 tbl, make 1 left (m1L), place marker (pm), p1, *k1 tbl, p1, repeat from * to end of round, pm, make 1 right (m1R). [34 (50, 66) stitches]

Round 1: Knit each stitch tbl to next marker, slip marker (sm), p1, *k1 tbl, p1, repeat from * to next marker, sm, knit each stitch tbl to end of round.

Increase Round: K1 tbl, m1L, knit each stitch tbl to next marker, sm, p1, *k1 tbl, p1, repeat from * to next marker, sm, knit each stitch tbl to end of round, m1R. [2 stitches increased]

Continuing in pattern as established, repeat Increase Round every other round 5 (6, 7) more times. [46 (64, 82) stitches] 

Next Round: Repeat Round 1.

Next Round: Remove end-of-round marker, k7 (8, 9) tbl, place previous 13 (15, 17) stitches onto stitch holder or scrap yarn, k1 tbl, remove marker, p1, *k1 tbl, p1, repeat from * to next marker, remove marker and replace with end-of-round marker. NOTE: The 1 unworked stitch from this round becomes the first stitch of the next round. [33 (49, 65) stitches remain]

Next Round: Joining the two ends of the Gusset together, slip slip knit (ssk, see Notes), then p1, *k1 tbl, p1, repeat from * to end of round. [32 (48, 64) stitches remain]

WORK PALM

Round 1: *K1 tbl, p1, repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat Round 1 until piece measures 2 (2½, 3) inches from the end of the Gusset.

Cut MC.

Join CC and continue to repeat Round 1 until piece measures 3½ (4¼, 4¾) inches from the end of the Gusset or until approximately ½ (¾, 1¼) inches from desired finished length.

SHAPE TOP

Set-Up Round: [K1 tbl, p1] 2 (3, 4) times, k1 tbl, place removable stitch marker on just-worked stitch, [(p1, k1 tbl) 4 (6, 8) times, place marker on just-worked stitch] 3 times, p1, *k1 tbl, p1, repeat from * to end of round. 

Decrease Round 1: [*K1 tbl, p1, repeat from * to 2 stitches before next marked stitch, k1 tbl, remove marker, s2kp, place marker on just-worked stitch] 4 times, **k1 tbl, p1, repeat from ** to end of round. [8 stitches decreased]

Decrease Round 2: *K1 tbl, p1, repeat from * to 1 stitch before next marked stitch, remove marker, s2kp, place marker on just-worked stitch, [**p1, k1 tbl, repeat from ** to 2 stitches before next marked stitch, p1, remove marker, s2kp, place marker on just-worked stitch] 3 times, p1, ***k1 tbl, p1, repeat from *** to end of round. [8 stitches decreased] 

Repeat Decrease Rounds 1 and 2 zero (1, 2) more time(s). [16 stitches remain]

Next Round: [K1 tbl, s2kp] 4 times, removing removable stitch markers as you come to them. [8 stitches remain]

Cut yarn and thread tail onto tapestry needle. Draw the needle through the remaining stitches, pull taut, and bring the tail to the inside of mitten.

WORK THUMB

Slip the 13 (15, 17) on-hold Gusset stitches onto 3 larger double pointed needles.

Holding the Mitten so that the Thumb is on the left, join MC to the front needle.

Knit each of the 13 (15, 17) stitches tbl, and before joining in the round, pick up 1 stitch from the base of the Thumb. [14 (16, 18) stitches]

Place marker and join for working in the round.

Round 1: Knit each stitch tbl.

Repeat Round 1 until piece measures 1¾ (2, 2¼) inches from the base of the Thumb or until approximately the desired finished length.

Next Round: [Ssk] 7 (8, 9) times. [7 (8, 9) stitches remain] 

Cut yarn and thread tail onto tapestry needle. Draw the needle through the remaining stitches, pull taut, and bring the tail to the inside of the Thumb.

FINISHING

Weave in the ends and make another identical Mitten. Gently wet block both Mittens.

Twisted Rib Hat + Mittens In Cashmere Merino Bloom | Purl Soho
Twisted Rib Hat + Mittens In Cashmere Merino Bloom | Purl Soho