Pirl Hat


A pirl is a Scots word for a gentle ripple in a pond and the Pirl Hat is a cosy colourwork hat with a pattern that gently ripples from one colour to another! This is a quick knit and perfect for using up leftover balls of yarn. Combine it with the matching cowl to stay warm this winter! The Pirl Hat has 5 sizes to choose from with guidance on adjusting the length included in the pattern.

The pattern is fully written with a chart for the colourwork pattern and also includes a photo tutorial for a super stretchy cast-on called the Estonian Cast-On for the brim of the hat. The pattern has been tech edited and test knitted. There’s a screenshot of the pattern, and a list of the stitches used at the bottom of the photos.

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Pattern Details


  • 42 (48, 50)(60, 65) m / 46 (52, 54)(66, 71) yds Black Elephant DK (100% Superwash Merino, 230 m/115g) in Mist (Colour A)
  • 41 (53, 63)(82, 92) m / 45 (58, 70)(90, 100) yds Black Elephant DK (100% Superwash Merino, 230 m/115g) in Tranquility (Colour B)
  • 4 mm (US 6) circular needles, 40 cm (16”) or longer or DPNs (if using 16" circulars you will also need longer circulars for magic loop or DPNs for working the crown)
  • 1 stitch marker
  • Yarn needle for sewing in ends


23 stitches and 32 rows in 10 cm (4”) in stocking stitch in the round.

Finished Size

Toddler (Child, Teen)(Adult, Large Adult)
38 (41, 45)(48.5, 52) cm/15.25 (16.75, 18)(19.5, 20.75)”

to fit heads of
45.5 (48.5, 52.5)(56, 59.5) cm/18.25 (19.75, 21)(22.5, 23.75)”

To see the hat in other sizes and colours check out my testers projects!

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