Whirling travelling-stitch columns and a perfect pom-pom conjure up the fun of the fair in this split-brim Hat that’s both snuggly and stylish. Worn low to cover the ears and hug the face, Skelter will be your favourite winter warmer.


Hat Description

Skelter is a vintage-style Hat. The garter stitch brim fits snugly over the forehead and covers the ears, and is split at the back and worn low. The body of the Hat features vertical travelling stitch columns that look like twisted rope. These columns repeat around the Hat’s circumference, tapering as they reach and converge at the Hat’s crown. The Hat is topped with an optional pompom.


Pattern Details


151 [173, 191, 224, 252] yd/149 [159, 175, 206, 230] m
Worsted weight, plied yarn; solid or semi-solid yarns.

Needles & Notions

Set 4mm/UK8/US6 DPNS/Circular or size needed to obtain gauge
4mm crochet hook
Cable needle as necessary
Stitch marker as necessary
Tapestry needle

Sample Details

Shown in Rowan Pure Wool Worsted [219yd/200m per 100g; 100% Wool]
Shown in size 21.5in/54.5cm on model with 21.75in/55.25cm circumference head

Alternative Yarns

Third Vault Yarns Gytha Worsted [208yd/190m per 100g; 100% Superwash Falklands Merino]


20 sts x 32 rows to 4in/10cm on 4mm needles over Stocking St.
19 sts x 38 rows to 4in/10cm on 4mm needles over Garter St.


To fit size: 17 [18.5, 20, 21.5, 23] in/43.25 [47, 51, 54.5, 58.5] cm
Finished size: 15.25 [16.5, 17.75, 19, 20.25] in/38.75 [42, 45, 48.25, 51.5] cm

Pattern Notes

Notes about adjusting depth, and achieving additional sizes, are included.

About our Hat patterns

Each Woolly Wormhead pattern is a short workshop in PDF format. Each pattern is carefully developed and every effort is made to ensure that the instructions are as clear as possible. In addition, the patterns are all multi-sized, professionally edited, and professionally photographed. These patterns will not only teach you how to create your own beautiful knitted Hat, but will also teach you new skills and improve your knitting knowledge!

With each purchase you will receive an email with a download link to the primary PDF. This PDF includes the instructions to make the Hat, and also includes links to in-depth photographic tutorials and where available, supporting videos. These educational resources are provided to guide you through each technique so that you can learn new skills as you make your Hat, all at your own pace. There is also live support available via our forum, where we can answer any questions and provide help where needed.

Once payment clears you’ll receive an email with the download link and instructions - do check your Spam folder if it doesn't arrive promptly. The link will expire after 5 downloads. For further help with downloading and storing files, please visit our FAQ page.

All Woolly Wormhead tutorials, workshops and knitting patterns are colour-blind, neurodivergent, low-bandwidth and printer friendly. The standard PDF format is compact, with succinct and clear instructions that don't use colour beyond the photos on the front and back pages. In addition, some patterns are also available in an LVA format, that is large print and suitable for screen-readers. To see examples of how the patterns are laid out and presented, and please visit the pattern sample page.


Product Details

  • Skelter Hat knitting pattern
  • Designer: Woolly Wormhead
  • Technical Editing: Heather Murray, Clare Devine
  • Translation: Šárka Dvořáčková (CZ); Alessia Càmpera (IT)
  • ISBN: 978-9916-692-51-6
  • Copyright Date: 2014
  • Last Revision: February 2024
  • File Name: WW265KSkelter
  • PDF File Size: 1.57MB; 150dpi

Additional information


Colour Blind Friendly


Bottom-up, In The Round, Worked Flat




Woolly Wormhead

Instructions Type

Written and Fully Charted




English, čeština, Italiano

Product Type

Single Pattern


12 Months (17 to 18in), Child/Teen (19 to 20in), Adult (21 to 22in), L Adult (23 to 24in)

Stitch Pattern

Cables, Twisted Stitches

Yarn Type

Hand-Spun, Kettle Dyed, Semi-Solid, Single Ply, Solid

Yarn Weight



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