Very Simple Spiral Hat Pattern with Video Tutorial

Spiral Hat on a Circular Loom

Spiral Hat

The spiral hat is super easy to do. Never-the-less, because beginners are always on my mind I have a written pattern and a step by step video tutorial. Even if you have made a spiral hat in the past take a quick look at the video. It’s under 9 minutes and you might learn something, like a cool trick I learned from Karen Aiken.

More importantly, this is a great project for gift giving. You can start and finish the hat effortlessly in just a few hours. Share your pictures !

Pattern notes:

You will be using 2 versions of the knit stitch. The U-wrap on the brim and the e-Wrap on the hat. This helps with the shaping. There is a video to help you with both stitches: Click HERE

The pattern is a 5 stitch pattern so any loom that will lend itself to a 5 stitch repeat with an extra peg at the end will work well.


Pattern: Spiral Hat



Round Loom: Extra Large – Used the 41-peg Darice Loom You can use the 36 or the 31-peg for smaller hats just knit less rows.

Loom Hook: Any Hook. I used the Knifty Knitter hook with a rubber band grip

Yarn: 197 Yards of #4 Worsted weight. Knit with 2 strands as 1.

Spiral Hat

Image Credit: Katie Wilson – Facebook Fan. Thank you Katie !



Wrap every peg then U-wrap knit every peg.



Rows 1- 18: Knit 3 (U-wrap) , Purl 2  to the last peg then Purl 1. Fold the brim.


Rows 19 : Knit 3 (e-Wrap), Purl 2 until you reach the last peg. DO NOT knit the last peg YET.  First knit off all your e-Wrap knit stitch. Then start the pattern for the next row with the peg you did not knit.

NOTE: Every time you start a new row the Starting peg with shift one spot down.

Repeat row 19 until you reach your desired length. I did 45 rows. 


Gathered Method

Click HERE OR Below to Turn the Hat into a Messy Bun Hat.

Spiral Hat

Click to Turn Your Spiral into a Messy Bun


Spiral Hat


Video : Spiral Hat


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Comments: 65

  1. Juanita Winkler December 6, 2016 at 2:45 am

    I made it! Used for my second successful project. I would add a picture but I don’t know how. I love your videos on YouTube!

  2. Anonymous November 25, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    I enjoyed the help and confidence I have received from
    The website. Thanks,

    • Denise Canela November 26, 2016 at 12:22 am

      You are VERY welcome!

  3. Agnieszka November 12, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Hi Denise!
    I love the stitch but have a problem with it. My loom is 42 pegs.. Is it possible to make that hat on my loom?

    • Denise Canela December 8, 2016 at 8:18 am

      Hi Agniezka, sorry that I missed this comment and I’m responding so late – Yes you can use the 42 pegs – look on the page for the pattern version for the 40-peg loom (it’s an even number of pegs) it will work for your loom.

  4. Connie November 7, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Hi Denise,
    Another beautiful pattern you’ve written! I wanted to ask, I’m going to make the spiral hat from my 11-year-old niece, can I use the pattern to make a matching cowl? Would love to give it to her as a set for Christmas.

    As always thanks your great patterns!

    • Denise Canela December 15, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      Hi Connie – soooooooo sorry for the delayed response – yes you can make a matching cowl with the same pattern using the same loom. I would use the super stretchy bind-off to cast off.

      Hope I didn’t delay you to much for Christmas – it is a quick pattern to knit

  5. Neeta Sachar November 1, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Thanks! what stitch would you use to go back if you are using the flat panel? if you know what i mean

  6. Neeta Sachar October 29, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Hi Denise,
    Can you do the spiral stitch on a flat panel and do you have a video on it?

    • Denise Canela October 30, 2016 at 7:30 pm

      Hi Neeta – yes you can – but I dont have a pattern nor a video

  7. nancy fowler September 15, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Hi denise. First i want to say on behalf of all of us new loomers…..Thank you, you are so pleasant to listen to and your videos are so helpfull. Without you id still be saying whats an ewrap lol Any way i of course ran and got one of cindwoods purple loom after listening to you and it is slowly becoming one of my favs. So im making the spiral hat but im using the 48 peg purple loom, so my question is what would my last few stitches be, im trying knit 2 purl one what do you

    • Denise Canela September 23, 2016 at 12:27 am

      Hi Nancy, your loom is an even numbered loom – just scroll down to the middle of the page and you will see a variation of the of the pattern. It was made for a 40-peg loom but applies to any even numbered loom. Hope that helps πŸ™‚ … and THANK YOU for being so sweet … Hugs !

  8. Nancy fowler September 14, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Hi denise, first thank you for helping all of us learn to loom knit, you are the best teacher, i fell in love with the cindwood purple loom, again thank you… it is a 48 peg can you tell me what combo i need to use,

    • Denise Canela September 17, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      Hi Nancy – thanks for all the sweet words – I REALLY appreciate it. Always nice to know that you’re information is useful. Now about your purple loom – it’s an even number of pegs so just scroll down to the 40-peg loom instruction and it will be the same for your loom. Hope that helps. Let me know if you need more info.

  9. Tiffany August 18, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    Hi Denise,
    Love this hat! I’m making my first right now and I have a few questions. I’m using a #5 yarn because it matches the scarf I made. How many rows do I need to add for each part of the hat? Would it be possible to measure the brim and body of your hat and last three measurements so I can adjust it that way? Thanks again for your awesome tutorials!


    • Denise Canela September 22, 2016 at 9:48 pm

      Hi Tiffany, oh Wow I missed this question – I have some comments I had to hold on to and yours got mixed in there -so sorry. Not sure if you still need an answer but – you don’t need to make any changes to the pattern. Just use single strand – the 2 #4 just about equal 1 of your #5.

      • Tiffany September 22, 2016 at 10:08 pm

        Thanks Denise, I made a couple of hats with the #5 and they look great! Is there any way to translate this pattern into a flat panel for a scarf? Obviously you couldn’t do spirals, but to get the stripes on a flat panel? Thanks so much!

        • Denise Canela October 4, 2016 at 10:59 pm

          You can use a Zig Zap stitch pattern for the loom should work fine: Click HERE
          You’ll have to download the pdf

  10. Betty May 26, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    denise, The first spiral pattern i saw had no brim. Can I ewrap ,uwrap and start main I very much enjoy all the info you provide. Were you aware that Renee VanHoy now has a second amazing stitch dictionary?

    • Denise Canela May 29, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      Betty – not sure which first pattern of the spiral hat you mean – this is the only one I have. You can sub any brim for the one in this pattern – the start the spiral – it will work fine.

  11. Anonymous May 7, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    All I have is a thick wool yarn could that be used for this or no?

    • Denise Canela May 7, 2016 at 6:35 pm

      Yes it can. Will look very pretty πŸ™‚

  12. Andrea April 2, 2016 at 4:34 am

    Denise, I would like to do this on tthe adjustable hat loom from KB but the sizes are with even numbers of pegs, I could either do 40 or 42. What would I need to change for the brim and the hat pattern?

    • Denise Canela April 8, 2016 at 8:10 am

      Andrea – the brim does not need to change at all. I haven’t tried this pattern on a 40 but Lisa Werner Houser from out Facebook page has and this is what she suggest: For the brim, 3 knits/2 purls comes out evenly. For the spiral, 3 knits, 2 purls until the LAST one which was 3 knits 1 purl. Turned out great. To see her hat Click HERE

  13. Brandy March 5, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    Awesome site! Great instructions!

  14. Jan Gray February 27, 2016 at 6:09 am

    Love this hat, the pattern is great – only problem I have had was that I was following the written steps, and once I had done the 18 rows in rib I started straight away with the pattern, it wasn’t till I was over 30 rows in I realised the brim was meant to be folded and knitted in.
    think it was because I was just reading the steps!
    Will try to fold and stitch/crochet inside when finished, but I will remember fr the next one

    • Denise Canela March 8, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      Yes Jan – just fold the brim – should work fine

  15. Stefanie February 18, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    I’m working on making one of these spiral hats. On the brim of the hat, one of my purl stitches came off the peg. I pulled a loop back on, but I know it’s not right as I have a loose strand of yarn that crosses over this peg without being woven in like the rest. I don’t know how to fix it.

    • Denise Canela February 19, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      Hey Stefanie – with a needle and the yarn used for the hat you can “sew” the stitch back into place.

      • Stefanie February 20, 2016 at 7:45 am

        Thanks Denise. I will try that.

  16. Jena Lewis February 14, 2016 at 11:38 am

    I loved the way this hat turned out above the brim … but on my brim the knits were pretty tight and then it kinda has a flower look to it instead of a just a circle … (UUUU ) with the purls being lower than the knits… Do you know how i did this ?

  17. Jen February 11, 2016 at 12:56 am

    I did this hat for a friend and she loved it! I love your patterns, and your e-book. I just started a knitting club at my daughters elementary school using knitting looms and I am hoping to encourage them to “knit one, teach one, share one”. Thanks for your great work and for making this all available to us for FREE!!!

    • Denise Canela February 11, 2016 at 9:13 am

      Did you get the beginners e-Book. Let me know if you don’t. I’ll send it to you so that you can share it with the school kids and their parents.

      • Jen February 11, 2016 at 9:53 pm

        I did get the beginners e-book, however I don’t have a way to share it with the kids and parents, so if you have a format I could do that- that would be great! Thanks so much!

        • Denise Canela February 13, 2016 at 6:34 pm

          Hey Jen – how did you get the e-Book. Did I email it to you – did you download it from Craftsy or did you buy it?

  18. Deb Wudtke February 7, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Thanks for much for these easy to follow instructions and video. I just finish this hat, my very first loom knit project.

  19. Destiny February 7, 2016 at 6:11 am

    I did figure it out so you can void my last question. I found that leaving the ewaps on helped better than stitch marker. I left them on until I got to them in my next round. Thanks so much! I have learned alot from you!

  20. Destiny February 6, 2016 at 10:07 am

    If using a even peg count how do you change the pattern to spiral?

  21. Mo February 1, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Love your website. I have learned soooo much. Question do you think I could do a flat top finish on this spiral hat? THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK IT IS VERY MUCH APPRECIATED.

  22. danny grooms January 25, 2016 at 8:13 am

    I will try it today!!! You really are the best loom instructor on the web!

    • Denise Canela January 25, 2016 at 9:13 pm

      Thank you Danny – you are way sooooooooooooooo sweet !

  23. Karen E. Jones January 19, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Do you know do you have a video for the Lacy Arrow Edging? I saw a pattern for it, but the “knitting” language goes straight over my head:)
    I am going to try the above pattern though.

    Thank you,

    Karen Jones

    • Denise Canela January 24, 2016 at 12:18 am

      No but Do you have a link to the pattern you saw that I can take a look at?

  24. Wendy N. January 17, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    This is my favorite loom knitting site on the web. You’re fantastic! I saw that you did 45 rows on this one. I’m fairly new to this and my question is: Did your hat come out slouchy or fitted? I can’t tell from the pic. and for some reason I can never tell when I need to stop (too short or too long). I too have ADD and need to write down every row. I don’t like them too slouchy.


    • Denise Canela January 18, 2016 at 10:21 pm

      I would call you a slight slouch. Not a fan of very slouchy either πŸ™‚

  25. Lisa January 9, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    This was my first loom knitting project ever, and it turned out perfectly! Your video was so clear and easy to follow. Every one of my family members has requested one, so I’ve been cranking out one a day all week πŸ™‚ THANK YOU!

    • Denise Canela January 12, 2016 at 8:26 am

      Thank you for the Thank you Lisa – Soooooo glad everybody liked it. Make sure you get a grip for the busy hook . πŸ™‚

      • Lisa January 12, 2016 at 9:13 am

        I’ve been admiring yours! Thanks for the suggestion πŸ™‚

        • Denise Canela January 12, 2016 at 8:16 pm

          Thanks for the Thanks !

  26. Heather Saldanha January 8, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Well explained as usual, Denise

    • Denise Canela January 9, 2016 at 3:36 pm

      Thank you Heather! πŸ™‚

  27. Cynthia January 8, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Hi Denise, my is looking kind of “funky” and I think I know what I did wrong… you think it will make a difference if I knit as I go rather than wait and go back through to knit? I am going to start over and see if that helps πŸ™‚

    • Denise Canela January 9, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      Sure – I have to do the other way because of my ADD – but if you think a different method will work best – go for it. Doing before or after has no effect on the pattern. Let me know if you have any other questions. πŸ™‚

  28. Anonymous December 29, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Hi , I only have a 40 peg loom. How can I make this hat on this loom?

    • Denise Canela December 30, 2015 at 10:23 pm

      You can just change the pattern to knit 4, purl 3

  29. Cindi December 28, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Denise, I to thank you for your easy to follow instructions and wonderful videos. I’m new to loom knitting and you have been a lifesaver. I have made several of your hats, and I’m going to start the spiral in today. thank you and keep up the great work

    • Denise Canela December 30, 2015 at 8:14 pm

      You are VERY welcome Cindi – and Thank you for the Thank you – very much appreciated !

  30. Joy Clayton December 26, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    I have a question about a knitting stitch. I don’t know who else might know. I only loom knit as I learned it from you but i did see a hat done on needles an it said T4BP. How would that be obtained on a loom. Please can you help. I made your easy hat you did in red an yellow for everyone in my family in there color they liked for a Christmas gift. They all loved them. Thank you so much for your great video’s. I also made my sister the boot cuff you made and she loved them also when I told her I made them myself.

    • Denise Canela December 27, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      Hi Joy, not familiar with this .. can you give me a link to the pattern

  31. Sharon carter December 23, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Thanks, I love this hat and your instructions.

  32. Annette S December 22, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Another great video! THanks Denise!!

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