Knit Beanie Pattern – Swirling Snowflakes

Spiraling winds set snowflakes in motion, swirling around a deep blue, winter sky. Stay warm through the wintry weather with the Swirling Snowflakes knit beanie pattern! With 7 sizes, from Newborn to Adult Large, you can make one for everyone in the family.

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2021 KAL Corner Hat KAL

This hat is my design for the 2021 Hat KAL over at KAL Corner. You can read more about the event in this kick-off post, and enter the giveaway too! Join in the fun on the KAL Corner Facebook group.

2021 KAL Corner Hat Knit Along

Indigo Shibori SuperChunk Bulky Yarn

My friend at Global Backyard Industries sent me some of her fabulous new Indigo Shibori SuperChunk Bulky Yarn to try out for this pattern! She had dyes this yarn right in her shop and it’s absolutely stunning!

Indigo Shibori SuperChunk Bulky Yarn from Global Backyard Industries

Because it is merino, it does grow considerably after blocking. My gauge increased about 20% with blocking. Different yarns and fibers react differently to blocking, so be sure you’re checking your gauge after blocking and not before.

Special Coupon Code

Global Backyard Industries has generously offered a coupon code just for our KAL! Use the code KCHatKAL to get 15% off this beautiful yarn! The code is valid until 11:59pm on February 17th, 2021. So don’t miss out – get yours now! As always, please make sure the discount shows in your cart before you complete your checkout.

The Left Cross or Left Twist Stitch

The texture in this knit hat pattern comes from a combination of slipped stitches and left cross stitches. Left cross stitches are basically tiny cables, where two stitches are crossed over each other, so that the first stitch is in front and leans to the left. You will sometimes also see this stitch called a left twist.

Finished Left Cross (LC) stitch

There are many different techniques to accomplish this, both with or without a cable needle, and any of these techniques is fine to use for this pattern. In the Special Stitch segment of the pattern, I’ve included options for the way I do it, and how to do it with a cable needle.

I plan to have a full tutorial available soon, showing 3 different methods, and will add that link here when I have it. In the meantime, I linked to a great tutorial from Purl Soho in the Recommended Resources section. She does it slightly differently from me, and her way results in a twisted stitch hidden at the back.

Swirling Snowflakes Hat

Project level Intermediate

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16″ circulars, double pointed, 2 circulars, or longer circulars with magic loop are all fine for main portion of hat. For crown, 16″ circulars won’t work well and you will need to switch to one of the other options.

Project Level

Intermediate: Bottom up construction, worked in the round, decreases, slipped stitches and crossed stitches.


Newborn [Baby, Toddler, Child, S, M, L]

Instructions are shown for newborn size, with other sizes listed in [ ]

SizeTo fit head circumference:
Newborn12-14 inches
Baby14-16 inches
Toddler16-18 inches
Child18-20 inches
S20-21 inches
M21-22 inches
L22-24 inches


14 sts x 20 rows = 4 inches with larger needles, after blocking.

Abbreviations used

k = knit
p = purl
sl = slip purlwise with yarn at back
lc = left cross (see Special Stitch)
ssk = slip slip knit
st(s) = stitch(es)
rnd = round

Special Stitch

Left Cross (LC)

Worked over 2 stitches.

Option 1: Bring working needle up from the back, between the next 2 stitches, and knit the 2nd stitch.

Left Cross - Knit the first stitch
Left Cross - Knit the first stitch (2)

Then knit the first stitch and drop both stitches from the left needle.

Finished Left Cross (LC) stitch

Option 2: Place the next stitch on a cable needle and drop it in front of your work.

first stitch on cable needle

Knit the following stitch.

Knit next stitch

Then knit the stitch off the cable needle.

Knit from cable needle


With larger needles, cast on 32 [40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60] sts using the alternating cable / seed stitch cast on. Join to work in the round.


With smaller needles:

Rnds 1-6 [8, 10, 10, 12, 12, 12]: (K1, p1) around.

Sizes Toddler, S & L only:

Next Rnd: (k10 [12, 14], kfb) around. (48 [56, 64] sts)


The stitch count should now be a multiple of 8 for all sizes. There will be one spiral for each group of 8 stitches.

If you do not plan to fold up the brim, or prefer a shorter hat, you can eliminate any even number of rounds in this section (end after an even numbered round). I would suggest eliminating no more than 4 [4, 6, 6, 8, 8, 8] rounds.

Rnd 1: (Sl 1, k7) around.

Rnd 2: (LC, k6) around.

Rnd 3: (K1, sl 1, k6) around.

Rnd 4: (K1, LC, k5) around.

Rnd 5: (K2, sl 1, k5) around.

Rnd 6: (K2, LC, k4) around.

Rnd 7: (K3, sl 1, k4) around.

Rnd 8: (K3, LC, k3) around.

Rnd 9: (K4, sl 1, k3) around.

Rnd 10: (K4, LC, k2) around.

Rnd 11: (K5, sl 1, k2) around.

Rnd 12: (K5, LC, k1) around.

Rnd 13: (K6, sl 1, k1) around.

Rnd 14: (K6, LC) around.

Rnd 15: K7, (sl 1, k7) around to last st, leave last st unworked.

Leaving one stitch unworked effectively shifts the beginning of the round backwards by one stitch, so that we can continue the spiraling pattern.

Swirling Snowflakes hat after the first pattern repeat

Size Newborn only:

Rnds 16-28: Repeat rnds 2-8.

Sizes Baby, Toddler & Child only:

Rnds 16-28: Repeat rnds 2-14.

Sizes S, M, L only:

Rnds 16-36: Repeat rnds 2-15, then repeat rnds 2-8 once more.


Depending on your size, you may not start on rnd 1 of the crown. Start with the round indicated for your size.

Size L only

Rnd 1: (Ssk, k6) around. (56 sts)

Rnd 2: K

Sizes S, M, L only

Rnd 3: (Ssk, k5) around. (48 sts)

Rnd 4: K

Sizes Toddler, Child, S, M, and L only

Rnd 5: (Ssk, k4) around. (40 sts)

Rnd 6: K

Sizes Baby, Toddler, Child, S, M, and L only

Rnd 7: (Ssk, k3) around. (32 sts)

Rnd 8: K

All sizes:

Rnd 9: (Ssk, k2) around. (24 sts)

Rnd 10: K

Rnd 11: (Ssk, k1) around (16 sts)

Rnd 12: K

Rnd 13: Ssk around. (8 sts)

Fasten off, leaving an 8 inch tail.

Swirling Snowflakes Knit Beanie Pattern on Stitches n Scraps


With tapestry needle, sew tail through live stitches and draw closed.

Weave in all ends.

Swirling Snowflakes Knit Beanie Pattern on Stitches n Scraps

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