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Hecate - PDF knitting pattern

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This Hat is named for Hecate, the Greek goddess of doorways and crossroads whose three bodies moved as one. Hecate is a jigsaw of connected cubes, working together to create a beautiful pattern from simple shapes.

Each Hat in the Imperceptions collection is knitted bottom-up and in the round. The ideal yarn for these Hats is 4-ply or light sportweight, in a multi-plied fibre with some natural give, such as merino. The illusions look their best in two high-contrast colours.

The patterns in Imperceptions are provided in both written and charted format, and are graded through gauge. Two sizes are included in each pattern, and further help for grading with different yarns and needle sizes is available on the Woolly Wormhead forum.

Available as a single pattern or as part of the Imperceptions collection.


Yarn A: 183yd/168m; Yarn B: 174yd/160m
4ply, fingering or light sport weight, plied yarn.

Needles & Notions

Set 2.5mm [2.75mm] DPNs/Circular or size needed to obtain gauge
Stitch markers as necessary
Tapestry needle

Sample details

Shown in Malabrigo Arroyo shades ‘Escorias’ & ‘English Rose’ [335yd/306m per 100g; 100% Superwash Merino]

Shown in size 22in/56cm on model with 21.75in/55.25cm circumference head

Size & Gauge

To fit size: 20in/50.75cm; use 2.5mm needles
Gauge: 30 sts x 38 rows over Corrugated Rib,
32 sts x 34 rows over Stranded pattern &
30 sts x 38 rows over St.St. to 4in/10cm
Finished sizes:
Circumference: 16.75in/42.5cm
Length: 8.75in/22.25cm

To fit size: 22in/56cm; use 2.75mm needles
Gauge: 28 sts x 36 rows over Corrugated Rib,
30 sts x 32 rows over Stranded pattern &
28 sts x 36 rows over St.St. to 4in/10cm
Finished sizes:
Circumference: 18in/45.75cm
Length: 9.25in/23.5cm

Skills required

Knit & purl stitches, knitting in the round, increases & decreases, alternate cable cast-on, stranded knitting techniques (incl. trapping long floats)

Pattern contents

Written & charted instructions; links to tutorials are included.


Do you need help with this pattern? We have a full range of tutorials on the website. We also have the Woolly Wormhead’s Facebook group where you can ask any questions.

Published September 2020

PDF file size: 2.5MB

Product code: WW398KHecate

Technical editors: Sharon Carter & Kate Atherley
You will get a PDF (2MB) file

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