Spiral Beanie Knit Pattern

The spiral beanie is a beginner friendly and quick to work up patter. This pattern uses bulky wool blend yarn making the hat warm and fast to knit.

This hat pattern is slightly slouchy and is extra stretchy due to the stitch pattern which is great if you like a looser fitting hat. The spiral knit hat is fun to work up and looks good in any colour. Try mixing it up and making the brim of the hat a different colour than the body of the hat.

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Materials

Notes

  • This pattern is written for an adult if you would like other sizes please purchase the inexpensive PDF version here.
  • Pattern is created in multiples of 4
  • If you would like the beanie to be more slouchy knit extra rounds to increase the length of the hat.
  • If you would like the hat to be less slouchy decrease the number of round you knit.

Abberviations

K: Knit
p: Purl
k2tog: Knit 2 together
* Repeat anything in the asterisk until end of the round

Pattern

Adult Size

Cast on 48 stitches using the long tail cast on method. Join to work in the round and place marker.

Brim of the hat

Row 1-6: *K1, P1*

Body of the hat

Row 7: *Knit 3, p1* *Repeat until the end of the round

Row 8: *Knit 3, p1* Repeat until the end of the round

Row 9: P1, *K3, P1*, K3 *Repeat around until the last three stitches.

Row 10: P1, *K3, P1*, K3 *Repeat around until the last three stitches.

Row 11: K1, P1, *K3, P1*, K2 * Repeat around until the last two stitches.

Row 12: K1, P1, *K3, P1*, K2 * Repeat around until the last two stitches.

Row 13: K2, P1 *K3, P1*, K1 * Repeat around until the last stitch.

Row 14: K2, P1 *K3, P1*, K1 * Repeat around until the last stitch.

Row 15-22: Repeat rows 7-14

Row 23-27: Repeat rows 7-10

Row 28: *K3, K2tog*, K3

Row 29: Knit all the way around

Row 30: *k2, k2tog*, K3

Row 31: Knit all the way around.

SWITCH TO DPN’s

Row 32: *k1, k3tog*

Row 33: Knit all the way around

Row 34: k2tog

Cut a long tail and weave through the remaining stitches on the needle to close off. 

Weave in ends and you’re done! Now you can add a pom pom if you would like. You can purchase faux fur pom poms here!

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This pattern is an original pattern by Meg Hardison of The Northern Moose. Please do not claim this pattern as your own. Please do not reprint this pattern on your site. You may keep a copy of the pattern for your own personal use, but please do not sell the pattern or distribute it.

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28 thoughts on “Spiral Beanie Knit Pattern”

  1. I am currently knitting the Spiral Hat pattern as Mommie and Me Christmas gifts for my daughter in law and grandaughter. What a fun pattern and so pretty. Thank you for sharing this pattern; I know I will use it often.

  2. Hi, newer knitter, I have the right needles but my daughter picked a bully weight 5 yarn instead of 6. Net weight is 150 grams, and the needle recommendation is a size 9. Can you help me adjust this for the size 13 needles?

    1. Hi Jen,
      So with the level 5 yarn. Cast on 50 stitches. And for the pattern it will be k4, p1. So follow the pattern and instead of k3,p1 you’ll be doing k4,p1. Let me know if you have more questions.

      1. If it’s 50 stitches for bulky level 5. Is it still going to spiral correct. As the pattern say move up or down 4 stitches? Just want to make sure before I knit one also. Thank you in advance

  3. I’ve juat made 2 of the spiral beanie. They are beautiful. What is the measurement of the width of the hat. Not sure if mine are bigger then they should be. Thanks

    1. The hats should fit a head circumference between 20″-22″. With some slouch to the hat. With the stitch construction these hats tend to fit a little looser. I do not have a hat made up currently to measure the exact width for you. But if you find the hats fit too loose. you can decrease the amount of stitches you cast on (in a multiple of 4) or you can switch to 8mm knitting needles for a tighter fitting hat.

    1. Hi!

      You can follow the exact same pattern with a size 8 circular needle. This hat has a lot of stretch to it. So there isn’t a big difference between using size 8 or size 9 needles.

  4. I love knitting your spiral beanie. I’m relatively new to knitting and I love this hat. I want to make the child sized one. I saw it on your Etsy site, but not here. Have you released the pattern for it yet? Thank you for these patterns.

    1. It’s only available through my Etsy shop right now.

      But if it’s for a child between the ages 2-5 you can cast on 40 stitches and follow the same pattern as the adult.

  5. I like this cute hat. Now . I knitting for my grandson who will delivery in middle of Nov.
    I like your style..
    Thank you for your sharing

    Nancy Cheng
    From Taiwan Rep. of China

  6. This is the first hat I’ve ever knit…okay, to be honest, it’s the first garment aside from that long scarf that was really just extended practice. Anyway, I love this pattern. It’s great for beginners like me. Thanks for the clear instructions and for so generously sharing your pattern.

  7. I want to knit this for a baby born in October to wear this winter. So, age 3 months. I’m thinking of casting on 36 instead of 40. Should I go less?

    1. 36 still might be a little big. But it will fit longer. If you go down to 32 I’m not sure that it will last the full winter. But it will be a snugger fit in the beginning.

  8. My apologies – I left a comment yesterday asking for smaller child sizes but see now that it’s in the explanation. Feel free to disregard my comment. Thanks!

  9. I love this pattern but have two questions. Is it necessary to switch to DPN? Also, I’m making for my seven year old niece. What should the length be when I begin to decrease?

    1. No the dpns are not necessary. Just cast off when you can’t knit anymore on the circulars. I use dpns so I get more rows, and would decrease at 7 inches. But since your not using dpns I would probably start decreasing around 7.5 inches.

  10. I absolutely love your spiral beanie pattern! Could you please tell me when you should begin the decrease for a non slouchy version for the following sizes, 6-12months, 12months-3 yrs and child size? Thank you! I look forward to seeing furure patterns that you come out with.

    1. For 6-12 months begin decreasing when hat reaches about 5.5 inches the decrease starting at k2, k2tog. For toddler decrease begins when hat reaches about 6 inches. Again start at k2,k2tog. For child. Start when hat is 6 inches but start with k3, k2tog. I have not tested this to confirm it is not slouchy. But this should work out ok.

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