Elizabeth Felgate

for Elizabeth Felgate Designs   2017

Scrapbusting Helix Hats - Chunky and DK

Learn a new stashbusting technique with these simple but highly customisable hats. Instructions are provided for 2,3, 4 or 5 different colours and for wider stripes. You can also follow instructions for beanie or slouch options and choose those for DK or Chunky weight yarn (two PDF patterns are provided for download). These hats use helix knitting in the round to create jogless stripes. Add a pompom with any leftovers!

And yes I really did stash bust with these - they used the leftovers from my ab-so-lute-ly cloche hat and my reasons to be cheerful design.

Pattern and construction
Pattern is written only (no charts). Links to tutorials for cast on method, an overview of helix knitting and other useful techniques such as quick technique for pompoms with left over yarn.

Hats are knit bottom up in the round; pattern assumes circular needles and magic loop for the crown decreases. It is however easy to substitute your preferred methods of knitting in the round and small circumference knitting in the round.

Sizes are finished hat circumference. Please choose a size approx 5cm/2 inches less that your actual head circumference for a snug fit. Pattern contains instructions for adjusting length for beanie (with or without turned back brim) or slouch options.

0-6 months: 33cm/13 in
6-18 months:38cm/15 in
18 months: 40.5cm/16 in
Age 4 - adult small: 48cm/18 ¾ in
Adult medium: 50.5cm/19 ¾ in
Adult large: 55cm/21 ¼ in

Skills assumed
Knit and purl
Knitting in the round and small circumference knitting for the crown decreases.

Yarn and yardages for the chunky version:
I used Rowan cocoon, an 80% wool and 20% mohair yarn. You could substitute any chunky yarn in wool or acrylic or mixed fibres.

Yardages are for the slouch version:
0-6 months: 42m/46yds
6-18 months:56m/62yds
18 months- 4 years: 66m/72yds
Age 4 - adult small: 95m/103yds
Adult medium: 106m/116yds
Adult large: 132m/145yds

Yarn and yardage for the DK version

I used Adriafil Mirage DK - a 50% wool, 50% acrylic yarn. But any DK wool or acrylic or mixed yarn would be fine here. Light worsted could also be substituted at this gauge.

Yardages are for a beanie without a turned brim; allow extra for slouch or turned brim versions:

0-6 months: 50m/55yds
6-18 months:60m/70yds
18 months- 4 years: 80m/90yds
Age 4 - adult small: 105m/115yds
Adult medium: 125m/140yds
Adult large: 140m/155 yds

Pattern Detail

  • no charts
  • no schematics
  • sewing required
  • fall/winter
  • circular, bottom-up / toe-up
  • sizes are finished hat circumference.
  • digital PDF has 4 pages (a4 size)
  • easy
    • 4 x 4 in
    • 3.75 mm
    • US 5
    • 4 x 4 in
    • 6.0 mm
    • US 10
    • 16.0 st st
Click below for more images and yarn requirements
Both_20hats Small-1-3 Side Back Dianelouw-1 Small-1 Suduja-1 Chunky_20capture Dk_20capture

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