Friday, September 11, 2009

Lace Swirl (Free Pattern)

An easy quick-to-knit project that is great for someone who wants to try lace for the first time, but doesn't want the commitment of a larger project. The size of the hat can be adjusted by using heavier (i.e., worsted) or lighter (sock) weight yarn in larger or smaller needles.


Materials Used:
Yarn: 150 yards (50 gm) Woolcraft Kids Stuff (or other DK / 8 ply / 11 wpi yarn)
Needles: Size US 6 / 4.0 mm 16” circulars and/or set of 5 US 6 DPNs
Tapestry Needle

Size: 2T – small adult* (19-20”)
*Note: Pattern is very stretchy due to brim ribbing. It was made for a 6 yr old, but fit my 2 year old and me equally well.

Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4”

K: Knit
P: Purl
YO: Yarn Over
SKP: Slip (as if to knit), Knit, Pass Slipped St Over
K2tog: Knit 2 together
SSK: Slip (as if to knit), Slip, Knit

Using long-tail method (or other loose cast-on) CO 88. Join to work in round.
Work K2,P2 rib for 1.5 in”.

Work in stockinette stitch (i.e., K all sts) for 1”

Begin Lace pattern as follows:
Round 1: [K3, K2tog, YO, K1, YO, SSK, K3] around.
Round 2 (and all even rounds): K all sts.
Round 3: [K2, K2tog, YO, K3, YO, SSK, K2] around.
Round 5: [K1, K2tog, YO, K5, YO, SSK, K1] around.
Round 7: [K2tog, YO, K7, YO, SSK] around.

Work 1” in stockinette (or until hat measures 5” from beginning or desired depth).
Begin Swirl Decreases as follows:
Place marker at beginning of round and every 22 sts thereafter to divide top into 4 equal parts.
K to 1st marker.
[Slip marker. SKP, K to next marker.] Repeat around until 4 sts remain, switching to DPNs as needed.
Place 4 sts on one DPN and work i-cord for 3” or desired length. BO.
Weave in loose ends. Tie in knot.


  1. Love this pattern. What I did was repeat the lace four times, but got hung up on the decrease directions. Knit 22, decrease the next 22, knit 22, decrease the next 22? Had to pull it out and decrease normally. What did I miss?

  2. To decrease, you have to place markers evenly around the hat (i.e., divide it into 4 equal parts). Then, when you are ready to begin decreasing, you knit to the marker, slip it to the right hand needle. The, use a SKP to decrease the stitch right after the marker. You will only decrease the one stitch at each marker. Then, you knit all the way to the next marker, and repeat the process around until you only have 4 sts left to make your i-cord. Hope this helps!

  3. Very pretty hat. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Just what I was googling for!!! Lovely pattern!

  5. I am having a problem with the lace pattern part. I am coming up short of stitches on the last repeat. It appears to be a 12 stitch repeat. Shouldn't it be either an 8 or 11 stitch repeat? K(3) + K(2)tog + YO, K(1),YO + slip, slip knit (3) + K(3) = 12. 88/12 = 7.3 repeats doesn't it? Or am I just making this too complicated?

  6. It's an 11 st repeat: K3 (3 sts), K2tog (2 - 1 = 1 st left), YO (1 new st), K1 (1 st), YO (1 new st), SSK (2 - 1 = 1 st left), K3 (3): 3 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 3 = 11. I think you are doing your SSK wrong, if you are still ending up with 3 sts. The SSK should take 2 sts and end up with 1. Hope this helps!

  7. Thanks for the answer! I was taking it literally and slipping two stitches from left to right as if to knit, then knitting one. I found a you tube instruction on this so now I totally understand.

  8. Thanks for this free pattern. Made a "try it" one and liked it very much. I would like to make several for charity as chemo caps and premmie hats with your permission.

  9. Hi Julie,
    Any of my patterns can be used for personal or charity use. They just cannot be used for "for-profit" purposes.

  10. Thank you very much for this, just one question: does selling this hat to raise money for charity count as charity or for-profit? I will respect your judgment either way.

  11. The picture of this hat is lovely. I am having trouble with the "lace" concept and how the colorful stitches get added in.....

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  13. Hello. Thank you for sharing the beautiful pattern. I am about to try making one. I can't find the chart for the color work (flowers), am I missing something?Thank you.