Swirl N Twirl by DROPS Design

Knitted DROPS hat with spiral pattern in ”Alaska”. Size 1-12 years

Keywords: hat, headwear, relief, spiral
DROPS Extra 0-1020
DROPS design: Pattern no x-032-bn
Yarn group C
Size: 1/2 - 3/4 - 5/6 - 7/9 - 10/12 years
Head circumference: 49 - 51 - 52 - 53 - 54 cm.
DROPS ALASKA from Garnstudio
100-100-100-100-100 colour no 58, mustard
And use some left-over 02, off white for pompom.

DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES and CIRCULAR NEEDLE (40 cm) SIZE 4.5 mm - or size needed to get 18 sts x 23 rows in stocking st = 10 x 10 cm.


Knitting tension – See how to measure it and why here
Alternative Yarn – See how to change yarns here
Yarn Groups A to F – Use the same pattern and change the yarn here
Yarn usage using an alternative yarn – Use our yarn converter here


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Pattern instructions

NOTE: This pattern is written in British English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from cm to inches - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in British and American English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here. For this pattern in American English, please click here.
GARTER ST (back and forth on needle):
K all rows. 1 ridge = 2 rows K.

* K 5-6-5-5-6, P 2 *, repeat from *-* the entire round. Pattern is over 7-8-7-7-8 sts and no of sts is divisible by 7-8-7-7-8 + 1. When working in the round, the pattern will displace 1 st towards the right on every round and forms a spiral pattern.

Dec 1 st before every marker. Work until 2 sts remain before marker, slip next st as if to K, K 1, psso.

Cast on 78-81-85-85-89 sts on circular needle size 4.5 mm with mustard and work 4 ridges in GARTER ST - see explanation above, back and forth Then place piece tog and work in the round according to SPIRAL PATTERN - see explanation above. REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION! Work until piece measures approx. 11-13-13-14-16 cm. NOTE! Do not stretch piece when measuring, the hat will contract vertically and in width because of pattern. Then dec while working spiral pattern as follows:
* K 1, K 2 tog, K 2-3-2-2-3, P 2 *, repeat from *-* the entire round = 67-71-73-73-78 sts.
Work 2 rounds spiral pattern with K 4-5-4-4-5, P 2.
* K 1, K 2 tog, K 1-2-1-1-2, P 2 *, repeat from *-* the entire round = 56-61-61-61-67 sts.
Work 2 rounds spiral pattern with K 3-4-3-3-4 and P 2.
* K 1, K 2 tog, K 0-1-0-0-1, P 2 *, repeat from *-* the entire round = 45-51-49-49-56 sts.
Work 1 round spiral pattern with K 2-3-2-2-3 and P 2.
On next round K all sts - AT THE SAME TIME insert 5 markers in the piece as follows: Insert first marker at beg of round, then insert the next 4 markers with 9-10-10-10-11 sts between ever marker. There are 9-11-9-9-12 sts between first and last marker. Then K while AT THE SAME TIME dec 1 st before every marker - READ DECREASE TIP, dec every other round 3-4-4-4-4 times in total = 30-31-29-29-36 sts. Then dec every round 3-3-3-3-4 times = 15-16-14-14-16 sts. On next round K 1-0-0-0-0, then K 2 and 2 tog the entire round = 8-8-7-7-8 sts remain on needle. Cut the yarn and pull it through the remaining sts, tighten tog and fasten. Sew tog ridges in the side at the bottom of hat, sew in outer loops of edge sts.

Make 1 pompom of approx. 10 cm in diameter with 1 strand off white and 1 strand mustard kept tog. Sew the pompom on the top of the hat.

Do you need help with this pattern?

Thank you for choosing a DROPS Design pattern. We take pride in providing patterns that are correct and easy to understand. All patterns are translated from Norwegian and you can always check the original pattern (DROPS Extra 0-1020) for measurements and calculations.

Are you having trouble following the pattern? See below for a list of resources to help you finish your project in no time - or why not, learn something new.

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Are you having trouble following the pattern? See below for a list of resources to help you finish your project in no time - or why not, learn something new.

Each of our patterns has specific tutorial videos to help you.

We have also step-by-step guides for different techniques which you'll find here.

1) Why is the knitting/crochet tension so important?

Knitting tension is what determines the final measurements of your work, and is usually measured per 10 x 10 cm. It is provided like so: number of stitches in width x number of rows in height - eg: 19 stitches x 26 rows = 10 x 10 cm.

The knitting tension is very individual; some people knit/crochet loosely while others work tightly. You adjust the knitting tension with the needle size, which is why the suggested needle size only serve as a guide! You need to adjust this (up or down) to ensure that YOUR knitting tension matches the knitting tension provided in the pattern. If you work with a different knitting tension than provided you will have a different yarn consumption, and your work will have different measurements than what the pattern suggests.

The knitting tension also determines which yarns can replace each other. As long as you achieve the same knitting tension you can replace one yarn with another.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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2) What are the yarn groups?

All our yarns are categorised into yarn groups (from A to F) according to thickness and knitting tension – group A contains the thinnest yarns and group F the thickest. This makes it easier for you to find alternative yarns to our patterns, should you wish to switch yarn. All yarns within the same group have a similar knitting tension and can easily replace each other. However, different yarn qualities have different structures and properties which will give the finished work a unique look and feel.

Click here for an overview of the yarns in each yarn group

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3) Can I use a different yarn than what the pattern suggests?

The important thing when changing from one yarn to another is that the knitting/crochet tension remains the same. This is so that the measurements of the finished piece will be the same as on the sketch provided. It is easier to achieve the same knitting tension using yarns from the same yarn group. It is also possible to work with multiple strands of a thinner yarn to achieve the knitting tension of a thicker one. Please try our yarn converter. We recommend you to always work a test swatch.

Please NOTE: when changing yarn the garment might have a different look and feel to the garment in the photo, due to individual properties and qualities of each yarn.

See DROPS lesson: Can I use a different yarn than the one mentioned in the pattern?

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4) How do I use the yarn converter?

At the top of all our patterns you’ll find a link to our yarn converter, which is a helpful tool should you wish to use a different yarn than suggested. By filling in the yarn quality you wish to replace, the amount (in your size) and number of strands, the converter will present good alternative yarns with the same knitting tension. Additionally it will tell you how much you’ll require in the new qualities and whether you’ll need to work with multiple strands. Most skeins are 50g (some are 25g or 100g).

If the pattern is worked with multiple colours, every colour will have to be converted separately. Similarly, if the pattern is worked with several strands of different yarns (for example 1 strand Alpaca and 1 strand Kid-Silk) you will have to find alternatives for each, individually.

Click here to see our yarn converter

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5) Why do I get the wrong knitting tension with the suggested needle size?

The needle size provided in the pattern serves only as a guide, the important thing is to follow the knitting tension. And since knitting tension is very individual, you will have to adjust the needle size to ensure that YOUR tension is the same as in the pattern – maybe you’ll have to adjust 1, or even 2 needle sizes, up or down to achieve the correct tension. For this, we recommend that you work test swatches.

Should you work with a different knitting tension than the one provided, the measurements of the finished garment might deviate from the measurement sketch.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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6) Why is the pattern worked top-down?

Working a garment top-down provides more flexibility and room for personal adjustment. For example it is easier to try the garment on while working, as well as making adjustments to length of yoke and shoulder caps.

The instructions are carefully explaining every step, in the correct order. Diagrams are adjusted to the knitting direction and are worked as usual.

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7) Why are the sleeves shorter in larger sizes?

The total width of the garment (from wrist-to-wrist) will be larger in the larger sizes, despite the actual sleeves being shorter. The larger sizes have longer sleeve caps and wider shoulders, so there will be a good fit in all sizes.

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8) What is a repeat?

Diagrams are often repeated on the round or in height. 1 repeat is the diagram the way it appears in the pattern. If it says to work 5 repeats of A.1 in the round, then you work A.1 a total of 5 times after/next to each other in the round. If it says to work 2 repeats of A.1 vertically/in height you work the entire diagram once, then begin again at the start and work the entire diagram one more time.

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9) How do I work according to a knitting diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is read from bottom to top, from right to left. 1 square = 1 stitch.

When working back and forth, every other row is worked from the right side and every other row is worked from the wrong side. When working from the wrong side, the diagram will have to be worked reversed: from left to right, knit stitches are purled, purl stitches are knit etc.

When working in the round every round is worked from the right side and the diagram are worked from right to left on all rounds.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

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10) How do I work according to a crochet diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is worked from bottom to top, from right to left.

When working back and forth every other row is worked from the right side: from right to left and every other row is worked from the wrong side: from left to right.

When working in the round, every row in the diagram are worked from the right side, from right to left.

When working a circular diagram you start in the middle and work your way outwards, counter clockwise, row by row.

The rows usually start with a given number of chain stitches (equivalent to the height of the following stitch), this will either be depicted in the diagram or explained in the pattern.

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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11) How do I work several diagrams simultaneously on the same row/round?

Instructions for working several diagrams after each other on the same row/round, will often be written like so: “work A.1, A.2, A.3 a total of 0-0-2-3-4 times". This means you work A.1 once, then A.2 is worked once, and A.3 is repeated (in width) the number of times provided for your size – in this case like so: S = 0 times, M = 0 times, L=2 times, XL= 3 times and XXL = 4 times.

The diagrams are worked as usual: begin with the first row in A.1, then work the first row in A.2 etc.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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12) Why does the piece start with more chain stitches than it’s worked with?

Chain stitches are slightly narrower than other stitches and to avoid working the cast-on edge too tight, we simply chain more stitches to begin with. The stitch count will be adjusted on the following row to fit the pattern and measurement sketch.

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13) Why increase before the rib edge when the piece is worked top-down?

The rib edge is more elastic and will contract slightly compared to, for example, stocking stitch. By increasing before the rib edge, you avoid a visible difference in width between the rib edge and the rest of the body.

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14) Why increase in the cast-off edge?

It’s very easy to cast off too tightly, and by making yarn overs while casting off (and simultaneously casting these off) you avoid a too tight cast off edge.

See DROPS video: How to bind off with yarn overs (yo)

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15) How do I increase/decrease on every 3rd and 4th row/round alternately?

To achieve an even increase (or decrease) you can increase on, for example: every 3rd and 4th row alternately, like so: work 2 rows and increase on the 3rd row, work 3 rows and increase on the 4th. Repeat this until the increase is complete.

See DROPS lesson: Increase or decrease 1 st on every 3rd and 4th row alternately

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16) Why is the pattern slightly different than what I see in the photo?

Pattern repeats can vary slightly in the different sizes, in order to get the correct proportions. If you’re not working the exact same size as the garment in the photo, yours might deviate slightly. This has been carefully developed and adjusted so that the complete impression of the garment is the same in all sizes.

Make sure to follow instructions and diagrams for your size!

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17) How can I work a jacket in the round instead of back and forth?

Should you prefer to work in the round instead of back and forth, you may of course adjust the pattern. You’ll need to add steeks mid-front (usually 5 stitches), and follow the instructions. When you would normally turn and work from the wrong side, simply work across the steek and continue in the round. At the end you’ll cut the piece open, pick up stitches to work bands, and cover the cut edges.

See DROPS video: How to knit steeks and cut open

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18) Can I work a jumper back and forth instead of in the round?

Should you prefer to work back and forth instead of in the round, you may of course adjust the pattern so you work the pieces separately and then assemble them at the end. Divide the stitches for the body in 2, add 1 edge stitch in each side (for sewing) and work the front and back pieces separately.

See DROPS lesson: Can I adapt a pattern for circular needles into straight needles?

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19) Why do you show discontinued yarns in the patterns?

Since different yarns have different qualities and textures we have chosen to keep the original yarn in our patterns. However, you can easily find options among our available qualities by using our yarn converter, or simply pick a yarn from the same yarn group.

It is possible that some retailers still have discontinued yarns in stock, or that someone has a few skeins at home that they would like to find patterns for.

The yarn converter will provide both alternative yarn as well as required amount in the new quality.

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20) How do I make a women’s size garment into a men’s size one?

If you have found a pattern you like which is available in women’s size it’s not very difficult to convert it to men’s size. The biggest difference will be the length of sleeves and body. Start working on the women size that you think would fit across the chest. The additional length will be worked right before you cast off for the armhole/sleeve cap. If the pattern is worked top-down you can add the length right after the armhole or before the first decrease on sleeve.

Regarding additional yarn amount, this will depend on how much length you add, but it is better with a skein too many than too few.

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21) How do I prevent a hairy garment from shedding?

All yarns will have excess fibres (from production) that might come off as lint or shedding. Brushed yarns (ie hairier yarns) have more of these loose, excess fibres, causing more shedding.

Shedding also depends on what is worn under or over the garment, and whether this pulls at the yarn fibres. It’s therefore not possible to guarantee that there will be no shedding

Below are some tips on how to get the best result when working with hairier yarns:

1. When the garment is finished (before you wash it) shake it vigorously so the looser hairs come off. NOTE: do NOT use a lint roller, brush or any method that pulls at the yarn.

2. Place the garment in a plastic bag and put it in your freezer - the temperature will cause the fibres to become less attached to each other, and excess fibres will come off easier.

3. Leave in the freezer for a few hours before taking it out and shaking it again.

4. Wash the garment according to the instructions on the yarn label.

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22) Where on the garment is the length measured?

The measurement sketch/schematic drawing provides information regarding the full length of the garment. If it’s a jumper or a jacket the length is measured from the highest point on the shoulder closest to the neckline, and straight down to the bottom of the garment. It is NOT measured from the tip of shoulder. Similarly, the length of yoke is measured from the highest point on the shoulder and down to where yoke is split into body and sleeves.

On a jacket measures are never taken along bands, unless specifically stated. Always measure inside band stitches when measuring the length.

See DROPS lesson: How to read a schematic drawing

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23) How do I know how many balls of yarn I need?

The required amount of yarn is provided in grams, eg: 450 g. To calculate how many balls you’ll need you first need to know how many grams are in 1 ball (25g, 50g or 100g). This information is available if you click on the individual yarn quality on our pages. Divide the amount required with the amount of each ball. For example, if each ball is 50g (the most common amount), the calculation will be as follows: 450 / 50 = 9 balls.

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Comments / Questions (27)

country flag Lori wrote:

Hi. Thank you for your reply on July 10, 23. I should have been clearer in my question. I was not suggesting a rib. Why do the instructions begin knitting flat & then require joining the edging when the hat is complete. Would the same affect be achieved with a Cast on & Knit 1 row, Purl 1 row until the desired rows prior to the start of the pattern? Thank you again for your time.

10.07.2023 - 17:28

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Lori, as explained in the previous response, working in the round in garter stitch will result in a slight misalignment at the end of the round. For that reason, we work it back and forth and then join the piece together and continue in the round. Happy knitting!

10.07.2023 - 17:40

country flag Lori wrote:

This pattern advises to Cast on and work 4 ridges in Garter Stitch (back & forth). Then place piece together and work in the round. Why do you instruct starting the hat using this method rather than Knit and Purl in the round after the desired number of stitches are Cast on? Thank you.

10.07.2023 - 02:01

DROPS Design answered:

Hi Lori, This pattern has a garter stitch bottom edge rather than rib. Garter stitch will have a slight 'jump' at the back if it is worked in the round (knit 1 round, purl 1 round), which is why it is worked back and forth before finishing the hat in the round. You can work a ribbed edge in the round if you wish, but this will not be quite so close-fitting as the garter stitch. Happy knitting!

10.07.2023 - 07:29

country flag Helene wrote:

How can I download this pattern?

01.01.2022 - 16:19

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Helene, Click on the Print icon, select Pattern, then save as PDF. Happy Knitting!

03.01.2022 - 01:58

country flag Batya wrote:

How do I convert Swirl N Twirl spiral pattern for baby\'s hat into straight needles?\r\nPattern no x-032-bn\r\n\r\nThank you

25.09.2021 - 16:29

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Batya, please understand, that we cannot modify our patterns for each individual request. In ur pattern library there are a large number of hats that are knitted on straight needles, pllease choose from those. Happy Stitching!

27.09.2021 - 03:12

country flag Viviane TERMOLLE wrote:

Bonjour je suis une fan de vos modèles mais le soucis c'est que je n'aime pas tricoter en aiguilles circulaires. Ce bonnet me plaît beaucoup, est-il possible de le réaliser en aiguilles normales. Que faire pour réaliser les modèles en aiguilles normales, un conseil. Un grand merci pour votre réponse à bientôt de vous lire

07.12.2020 - 17:12

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Mme Termolle, vous trouverez ici comment adapter un modèle pour des aiguilles droites - dans un cas comme celui-ci, vous devez également adapter le point spirale pour que sur l'envers il se décale dans le bon sens. Bon tricot!

08.12.2020 - 08:25

country flag Fabienne FOURDIN wrote:

Bonjour, pourriez-vous me donner une idée de la hauteur totale du bonnet, en taille 3-4 ans, sans le pompon ? En vous remerciant, Bonne journée Fabienne FOURDIN

09.10.2020 - 10:00

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Mme Fourdin, le bonnet mesure environ 22 cm de hauteur totale en taille 3-4 ans sur la base de 23 rangs = 10 cm (soit 13 cm de hauteur + les 21 derniers rangs décrits). Bon tricot!

09.10.2020 - 10:58

country flag Ana wrote:

Hola buenas tardes, desearía saber si el modelo en espiral se puede realizar con dos agujas rectas, y si es así ¿podrían explicarlo? Muchas gracias

17.12.2019 - 19:03

DROPS Design answered:

Hola Ana, no es posible. Cada uno de nuestros patrones tiene videos tutoriales específicos para ayudarte. Buen trabajo!

30.12.2019 - 10:02

country flag Alessia Laudo wrote:

Scusate, correggo io uso il metodo con due ferri (vostro video avviare con un solo filo), non il Continental.

06.11.2019 - 18:30

country flag Alessia Laudo wrote:

Non specificate mai un metodo particolare di avvitamento punti, ma non sono tutti adatti.io avvio sempre con il continentale ( uso due ferri ) ma non va assolutamente bene perche crea bordo molle e lasso che sforma il cappello e non fascia la testa. Chiedo alla vostra esperienza un metodo migliore per berretti. Vi prego. Grazie mille

05.11.2019 - 22:31

DROPS Design answered:

Buonasera Alessia, può provare a vedere nella nostra libreria di video tutorial per cercare un metodo di avvio alternativo oppure può rivolgersi al suo rivenditore DROPS di fiducia! Buon lavoro!

19.11.2019 - 22:55

country flag Alessia Laudo wrote:

"lavorare 4 “coste” a M LEGACCIO – leggere la spiegazione sopra, avanti e indietro. Poi unire il lavoro". Come si fa ad unire il lavoro a lavoro già iniziato avanti e indietro? Solitamente si fa a partire dalla prima riga (utilizzo tecnica di lavorare la 1^ maglia con anche il filo del cappio iniziale, questa è la prima volta che lo devo fare dopo aver lavorato non circolare e non so come fare. Grazie ciao Alessia

03.11.2019 - 17:06

DROPS Design answered:

Buongiorno Alessia, dopo gli 8 ferri a legaccio deve iniziare a lavorare in tondo, quindi non giri il lavoro e lavori subito la prima maglia del giro. Alla fine del lavoro dovrà cucire i margini degli 8 ferri iniziali come indicato alla fine del modello. Buon lavoro!

03.11.2019 - 17:40

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