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Snake on My Head!

from Dark Matter Knits
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Snake on My Head!
Snake on My Head!
Snake on My Head!

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • cast on, knit, purl, bind off, basic decreases

Pattern Description:

Feeling like your brain's being squeezed? Thinking poisonous thoughts? Blame the SNAKE ON YOUR HEAD!

This hat knits up in an evening with bulky yarns held double. (Great for those of you seeking a last-minute gift to knit.) The pattern uses the ingeniously simple helical knitting technique to create spiral stripes with no jog. A couple of small buttons and a felt tongue at the end complete the look. Maybe you will put beads at the tail end of yours to make a rattler?

This hat fits my five-year-old son, my husband, and my giant 24" melon.

While I love the yarns that I used, they are a little pricey. Here are some great alternatives (that come in both solid and multi colors):

Malabrigo Chunky
Knit Picks' Wool of the Andes Bulky / Bulky Hand Dyes

Instructions for helical knitting technique given and referenced in pattern.


4" = 10 1/2 sts and 15 rows in reverse stockinette st

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Finished circumference: 181/2" unstretched. Designed to fit a large child/small adult head (20-22").


  • 1 skein Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Chunky in Lily Pad colorway (#16): MC
  • 1 skein Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande in black (#500): CC
  • size 10.5 (6.5 mm) needles: In this size needle, you will need ONE of the following sets: 16" circular and a set of 4 or 5 dpns (use circular for most of hat, dpns when decreases make hat circumference too small to fit around circular); OR 2 x 24" or longer circular needles (for two-circulars method); OR 40" or longer circular needle (for magic-loop method)

You Will Also Need:

  • 2 x 3/8" buttons
  • small piece of red felt
  • green thread or embroidery floss (to attach eyes and tongue)
  • 1 sharp-tipped needle (for sewing on eyes and tongue)
  • 1 blunt-tipped/tapestry needle (for sewing in ends)