Nordheimer Toque

NORDHEIMER is a bottom-up stranded colourwork hat that can be made primarily with leftovers and scraps from other projects. Worked in bright colours, it makes for a bright spot on a cold winter day.

This pattern is for you if… You like very short repeats that are easy to memorize and have a ton of yarn scraps to work through.

Move along if… Managing more than two colours is not your cup of tea.

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Pattern Details


Hat is knit in the round from the bottom up.


Size S (M, L, XL), unstretched: 18.75 (20, 21.25, 22.75)” / 47.5 (50.75, 54.25, 57.5) cm circumference, 8.25”/21 cm tall.

Intended negative ease: 1-3”/ 2.5-7.5 cm.


Worsted weight yarn that showcases stranded colourwork well for S (M, L, XL): approximately 176 (189, 201, 214) yards / 161 (173, 184, 196) meters / 83 (89, 95, 101) grams / 3 (4, 4, 4) oz.

See Yardage Notes on Page 2 for details on approximate yardage per colour.

Samples knit with: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted (110 yards/101 meters per 50 grams/1.76oz skein; 100% wool).

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Per 4”/10cm in stranded colourwork pattern: 24 stitches / 24 rows.


Size A: 1 US 7/4.5mm 16”/40cm circular needle, or size necessary to obtain gauge
Size B: 1 US 5/3.75mm 16”/40cm circular needle, or two sizes smaller than Size A
1 set of US 7/4.5mm double pointed needles, or same size as Size A


1 stitch marker, tapestry needle for weaving in ends


Tubular cast-on; knitting and purling in the round; reading a colourwork chart; decreasing stitches using k2tog, ssk, and cdd; knitting with up to three colours per round, though only two rounds require three colours

Stitch patterns are provided as charts only.

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