Undertow: A hat for strong currents
Undertow is available in three sizes, and stretches to fit preschoolers to men’s XL. Knit in the round on size 11 (8mm) needles at 2.5 stitches per inch, it uses only 75–125 yards/69–115 meters of super bulky yarn or any combination of yarn weights knit together to get gauge. If you’ve knit a pair of short-row socks, you’ll recognize how the hat’s crown “turns the heel” to match the head’s curve. For those who’ve never tried a short-row heel, this is an easy introduction with big needles. Then you’ll be ready for socks, too! This is ideal for an advanced beginner or intermediate knitter; to knit Undertow, you’ll need to be able to knit, purl, do yarn overs, k2tog or p2tog, work short rows, and do a three-needle bind-off.
Accessibility Note: This pattern offers an additional Low Vision pdf option, with Arial 24 point font and photo captions, for those who need large print.
Hat Circumference measures approximately 18”/45.5cm (20”/51cm, 22”/56cm)
Notes Regarding Fit:
• This hat stretches, so if in doubt regarding fit, knit a smaller size. For instance, if your head measures 22”/56cm, knit the 20”/51cm size.
Approximately 75 (100, 125) yards/69 (92, 115) meters of super bulky yarn that knits to gauge. For a hat with a longer brim, you’ll need more yarn.
Approximately 150 (200, 250) yards/138 (184, 230) meters of worsted weight yarn that knits to gauge when doubled.
For Women’s Medium/Men’s Small hat:
1 skein Morehouse Merino Bulky, 100% Merino, 115 yards (105m)/3.99 oz (113g) per skein, color White (Natural Color)
Size 11 (8mm) double pointed needles (dpns)
Size 11 (8 mm) 16”/40cm circular needle (Optional)
or appropriate size to get pattern gauge
Note: You can work the hat entirely on dpns if you do not have a 16” circular needle.
Tape measure or ruler
Tapestry needle with large eye