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Swirl Hat Knitting Patterns

by | Jul 12, 2017 | Featured

Knitting patterns for Swirl and Spiral Hats. Most patterns are free

The hats feature swirling or spiral stitch patterns.

To get the knitting patterns, scroll down the page to the individual pattern you want and click on the link to that pattern.

These patterns are not my designs but links to other designers who have generously shared their patterns. If you have questions about how to knit a specific pattern, please contact the designer directly.

All links on this site are for informational purposes, but please note that some links are to affiliate sellers that pay me a small commission on purchases.

Free Knitting Patterns

Free Knitting Pattern for Swirled Sprinkles Hat

Swirled Sprinkles Hat

This beanie features a ribbed fold up brim, a delicate spiral stitch pattern in the crown, and a pompom. Designed by Kaitlin Blasing for bulky yarn on smaller needles.

Free Knitting Pattern for Vertigo Hat

Vertigo Hat

This hat is worked flat with short rows that create swirls of multi-colored or self-striping yarn. Designed by Kerstin Michler. Pictured project by sockpr0n and Tilde. Available in English, Dutch, German, and Portuguese.

Free Knitting Pattern for Godric's Hollow Hat

Godric’s Hollow Hat

Star stitch (or daisy stitch) forms a swirling design inspired by the hat Hermione Granger wears in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 during the Godric’s Hollow scene. Designed by Rebecca Beam. Pictured project by JustineLark

Free Knitting Pattern for Spiral Ribbed Hat

Spiral Ribbed Hat

Designed by Mollie Hartford-Chamberland because “normal ribbed hats are boring.” Includes video tutorials.

Free Knitting Pattern for Picholine Hat

Picholine Hat

Slouchy beret or tam with 2 row repeat stitch that creates a swirl. Sizes Child, Adult Small, Adult Large. Rated very easy by Ravelrers. Designed by Jocelyn Tunney. Pictured project by Prskavka

Free Knitting Pattern for Laura's Spirals Hat

Laura’s Spirals Hat

Sections of a 4-round repeat diagonal stitch alternate with purled sections. Quick knit win super bulky yarn. Designed by Beth2 for Keira Kiyoko Designs

Free Knitting Pattern for Vortex Hat

Vortex Hat

This striking design is created with short rows and comes in a version with a point and without. Two sizes. Designed by Lee Meredith

See a step by step explanation of the Wrap and Turn Short Row Technique

Short Rows

Free Knitting Pattern for Emergency Hat

Emergency Hat

This is a hat with a double life! It can be worn as a cowl or a hat. Just gather the drawstrings to turn it into a warm hat. Knit sideways in a reverse stocking stitch rib that spirals around the hat. You can make the drawstrings with i-cords or crochet chains. Designed by Frankie Brown. Pictured projects by sueselala and mowue


Free Knitting Pattern for Lollipop Hat

Lollipop Hat

The candy colored swirls in this beanie are created with diagonal knitting and short row shaping. Designed by Brittany Tyler.

Free Knitting Pattern for Spiral Rib Hat

His and Her Spiral Hats

Designed by Jen at Purlbee, these hats feature a spiral rib pattern. Pictured project by niktix .

Free Knitting Pattern for Swirl and Twirl Hat

Swirl and Twirl Hat

Easy hat with a spiral stitch pattern. Size: 1/2 – 3/4 – 5/6 – 7/9 – 10/12 years. Designed by Garnstudio DROPS Design. Available in multiple languages. Pictured project by tiinav

Free knitting pattern for Swirled Ski Cap

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Swirled Ski Hat

Designed by Caps for Kids, this cap comes in 2 sizes. Knit flat from side to side, increases on one side and decreases on the other turn vertical stripes into swirls when the cap is seamed. Great for multi-color yarn!

Free Knitting Pattern for Swirl Hat

Ice Cream Swirl Hat

Ribbed beanie knit in the round  in sizes from preemie baby to adult. Designed by Mandie Harrington. Available in multiple languages. Pictured project by mostlymunchies

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Free Knitting Pattern for Audrey Hat

Audrey Hat

Easy hat with a simple subtle texture. Designed by Zsuzsanna Orthodoxou.

Wind-and-Sea Hat

Designed by Kristi Porter, from Knitting in the Sun 32 Projects for Warm Weather; photography by Stephen Simson, this summery lightweight sun hat has a wide brim adorned with spiraling eyelets.

Free knitting pattern for Diagonal Rib with Pom pom hat

Diagonal Stitch Pom Pom Hat

Caron designed this hat that features a diagonal pattern that’s great for beginners.

Free Knitting Pattern for Starbuck's Mandala Hat

Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck’s Mandala Hat

Stephanie Ivy Whiteside was inspired by the mandala on Starbuck’s wall in the Maelstrom episode of Battlestar Galactica to create this swirl beanie.

Patterns for Purchase

Knitting Pattern for Swirl Slouchy Unisex Hat

Swirl Slouchy Unisex Hat

In sizes for the whole family from toddler to adult, this slouchy beanie is a fast easy knit.

Knitting Pattern for Pixie Chullo Hat

Pixie Chullo Hat

This hat by Woolly Wormhead features a cable brim with earflaps topped by a pixie crown with a spiral pattern. To fit sizes: 17 [19, 21] in, 43 [48.25, 53.5] cm

Knitting Pattern for Cable Swirl Hat

Cable Swirl Hat

Beanie with large cable section.

Knitting Pattern for Rubbish Mojitos Slouchy Hat

Rubbish Mojitos slouchy Hat

This hat by WoollyWormheadHats features travelling stitches that work their way around the body of the Hat, coming towards the crown in a spiral pattern. 3 sizes

Knitting Pattern for Swirl Hat

Swirl Hat

Swirls of waves are shaped with decreases in this slouchy beanie knit in bulky yarn. Great with multi-colored yarn

Knitting Pattern for Swirl Beanie With Optional Visor

Swirl Beanie With Optional Visor

This beanie is a quick knit in super bulky yarn. The designer says you can finish it in an evening. The crocheted visor is optional.

 Knitting pattern of Koolhaas hat and more beanie knitting patterns


Jared Flood was inspired by the architecture of Rem Koolhaas to create the strong geometric structure and deeply sculptural quality of the twisted stitch pattern.

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Ipanema Hat

Ipanema Hat

Designed by Amy Miller, sturdy cotton yarn and hidden wire supports give spiraling eyelets and a dramatic shapeable brim clean definition.

Knitting Pattern for Wickery Beret

Wickery Beret

This wonderful beret uses bias knitting techniques, combining fine cables and eyelet panels to create this striking effect. The panels gently swirl around the body of the Hat and meet at the crown, where the shaping is hidden in the stitch pattern.

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Terry Matz

meTerry is a knitting late-bloomer, learning to knit as an adult from Internet tutorials, because she wanted a craft that was useful, fun, and portable. Knitting hats for cancer patients inspired her to design her own patterns—available for free at her blog, Terry met her husband Ken at a science fiction convention and moved to the Kansas City area to be with him more than 30 years ago. Terry supports her yarn stash by creating websites and other digital media. Terry firmly believes in Knitting in Public—it's a great conversation starter!

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