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Ann Norling's Swirl Hat pattern done without the lower ribbing - get the pattern at your local yarn store.
I did it in Silver Thaw by Noro with enough left over to make another smaller cap thusly:
Swirl Hat Addendum
Shop sample was worked in Silver Thaw from Noro using about 54 grams/ 120 yards.
I simplified the pattern:
Working six rows in knit followed by six rows in purl:
Row 1, 3 and 5 -
K1, ssk, knit to one stitch before the end, YO, K1.
Row 7, 9, and 11
- Purl 1, purl 2 together, purl to one stitch before the end, YO, purl.
Repeat rows 1-12
When you have done the number of repeats specified in the pattern, attach stitches on the needle to the cast on row by doing a three needle bind off or kitchener stitch.
To fill in the top section of the hat, use double pointed needles to pick up stitches all the way around one edge. I was doing the Adult size and I picked up 16 x 4 (64) stitches.
Knit one row, twisting
all the stitches.
Continue until you
have two stitches on each needle.