in hard times you get to know which of your friends are actually your friends and which are not. One of my friends stood out during the last weeks and I dediced I wanted to thank her somehow. It came very handy that she called for a new hat as the nights are already very very cold here and she didn’t want to have cold ears after her sport sessions.
I almost yelled at her to let me make this hat. She gave me yarn and I started. I browsed through some of her pins and faves on ravelry and started to have a good idea of the kind of hats she liked.

I started and came up with this pattern.

I’m calling it :

Eves little whirlwind

(as this is her second name and just the way she is, a little whirlwind :D)

yarn and needles: (gauge)

Malabrigo Rios – 4.5mm – gauge 20-22 sts per 10cm/4″ (you’ll have 120 sts in the end, find a gauge that will fit your head circumference nicely)

I’ve never knitted with malabrigo yarns before, they are gorge! I liked knitting with them (they tink quite nice as well, which comes handy when you create a new design and undo your work a few times) and I liked wearing it too. (need to admit that I wore the hat to work two days in a row last week, it’s warm and doesn’t itch/scratch on bare skin) really lovely (in fact so lovely I ordered some for me as well!)



CO – cast on

k – knit

p – purl

m1 – make 1 (from the strand between two sts)

m1p – make 1 by purling through the back loop (from strand between two sts)

swyb – slip with yarn in back, don’t twist the stitch, and replace your marker

p2tog – purl 2 sts together

sl – slip, without twisting the stitch


1 – Judys Magic Cast on for small circles: CO 5

Leave your tail long enough to knit both next rounds with end and working yarn held together, this will make increases a little more easy and you’ll also have the end woven in with this step

2 – (with end and working yarn together) knit 5

as you’ve held two strands together you’ll technically have 10 loops now

3 – (with end and working yarn together) knit 10

as you’ve held two strands together you’ll technically have 20 loops

4 – knit 20 ( I like to hold the end and working yarn together here as well, only for the first 3 or 4 sts, this will secure the end – take care to treat these “double-loop-stitches” as only 1 stitch in the next round

5 – (k4, m1p) x5  —  (25)

6 – (k2, m1, k2, p1) x5  —  (30)

7 – (k5, p1, m1p) x5  —  (35)

8 – swyb – (k2, m1, k3, p2) x5  —  (40

9 – (k6, p1, m1p, p1) x5  —  (45)

10 – (k3, m1p, k3, p3) x5  —  (50)

11 – swyb – (k3, p1, k3, p2, m1p, p1) x5  —  (55)

12 – (k3, p1, m1p, k3, p4) x5  —  (60)

13 – swyb – (k3, p1, m1, p1, k3, p4) x5  —  (65)

14 – (k3, p1, k1, p1, k3, p3, m1p, p1) x5  —  (70)

15 – swyb – (k3, p1, k1, m1, p1, k3, p5) x5  —  (75)

16 – (k3, p1, k2, p1, k3, p4, m1p, p1) x5  —  (80)

17 – swyb – (k3, p1, k1, m1, k1, p1, k3, p6) x5  —  (85)

18 – ((k3, p1) x3, p4, m1p, p1) x5  —  (90)

19 – swyb – ((k3, p1) x3, p5, m1p, p1) x5  —  (95)

20 – ((k3, p1) x3, p6, m1p, p1) x5  —  (100)

21 – swyb – ((k3, p1) x3, p7, m1p, p1) x5  —  (105)

22 – ((k3, p1) x3, p8, m1p, p1) x5  —  (110)

23 – swyb – ((k3, p1) x3, p9, m1p, p1) x5  —  (115)

24 – ((k3, p1) x3, p10, m1p, p1) x5  —  (120)

* 1 – swyb – ((k3, p1) x3, p13) x5  —  (120)

2 – ((k3, p1) x3, p13) x5  —  (120)* repeat these two rows for about 8 cm (3inches)

time to build up the last third: (the stitch count will stay at 120 for the rest of the hat)

1 – swyb – (k1, m1, k2, p1, (k3, p1) x2, p2tog, p10) x5

2 – (k4, p1, k3, p1, k3, p1, p12) x5

3 – swyb – (k4, p1, k3, p1, k3, p1, p12) x5

4 & 6 – repeat row 2

5 – repeat row 3

7 – swyb – (k2, m1, k2, p1, (k3, p1) x2, p2tog, p9) x5

8 – (k5, p1, k3, p1, k3, p11) x5

9 – swyb – (k5, p1, k3, p1, k3, p11) x5

10 – (k5, p1, k3, p1, k3, p11) x5

11 – swyb – (k3, m1, k2, p1, k1, m1, k2, p1, k3, p1, p2tog, p1, p2tog, p5) x5

12 – (k6, p1, k4, p1, k3, p9) x5

13 – swyb – (k4, m1, k2, p1, k4, p1, k3, p1, p2tog, p6) x5

14 – (k7, p1, k4, p1, k3, p8) x5

15 – swyb – (k5, m1, k2, p1, k2, m1, k2, p1, k3, p1, p2tog, p1, p2tog, p2) x5

16 – (k8, p1, k5, p1, k3, p6)

17 – swyb – (k6, m1, k2, p1, k5, p1, k3, p1, p2tog, p3) x5

18 – (k9, p1, k5, p1, k3, p5)

19 – swyb – (k7, m1, k2, p1, k3, m1, k2, p1, k3, p2tog, p1, p2tog) x5

20 – (k10, p1, k6, p1, k3, p3) x5

21 – swyb – (k10, p1, k6, p1, k3, p3) x5

22 – (k2, (p1, k3) x3, m1p, k3, p1, k2, ssk, p1, k1) x5

with round 22 the ribbing is established. Now you can go on in a *k2, (p1, k3), p1, k1* ribbing until you think it’s time to bind off

Then choose your favorite bind off method and do it 😀

(I like the italian bind off for such projects)


I hope you’ll like this hat and have fun with it.

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hugs, Diana

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