I Predict a Riot

I Predict a Riot

I Predict a Riot hat


Named after the yarn it was created in,
(and the awesome song by The Kaiser Chiefs),
this hat knits up into a riot of colours
without a doubt. Just don’t go starting
fights when you’re wearing it! Using a
basket stitch this hat looks so much
more complicated than it is.


To fit one size: Adult


1 ball King Cole Riot DK (Shown in Magic 404)
1 Size 4.5mm circular needle
1 Size 4.5mm double pointed needles
Use the needle size best suited to give you the gauge listed below.
1 stitch marker
1 yarn needle

Skills required:

Knit stitches
Knitting in the round
Yarn overs and Knitting two stitches together


24sts / 26 rows = 4 inches


k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
yo = yarn over the needle
pass yo = pass the yarn over stitch over the knitted stitches

Instructions are provided in written format.
Originally published July 2011.
PDF file size: 422KB
Photography: Zegrae Stylefoto
Model: Sammy Bain (main photo), Charlotte Ratcliffe

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Using 4.5mm circular needle, cast on 100 stitches. Place marker and join in the round being careful not to twist.


Work in k1, p1, rib until work measures 4 cms (1.5 inches).

Main Body:

Rnd 1: *yo, k2, pass yo, rep from * to end.
Rnd 2: knit

Repeat rnds 1 – 2 until work measures 15 cms (6 inches) from the cast on edge, ending after rnd 2.

Decreasing for the crown:

Change to 4.5mm DPN’s when the work starts to get tight on your circular needle.
Rnd 1 and all alternate rnds: *yo, k2, pass yo, rep from * to end
Rnd 2: *k8, k2tog, rep from * to end. 90 sts
Rnd 4: *k7, k2tog, rep from * to end. 80 sts
Rnd 6: *k6, k2tog, rep from * to end. 70 sts
Rnd 8: *k5, k2tog, rep from * to end. 60 sts
Rnd 10: *k4, k2tog, rep from * to end. 50 sts
Rnd 12: *k3, k2tog, rep from * to end. 40 sts
Rnd 14: *k2, k2tog, rep from * to end. 30 sts
Rnd 16: *k1, k2tog, rep from * to end. 20 sts

Break yarn and draw through the remaining 20 sts. Pull tight and weave in the loose ends.

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