Sidewinder Free

Sidewinder Free Hat Pattern

This pattern started as an experiment with shaping a hat using short rows. The result was far more interesting than I expected.

Sidewinder Free is a regular length, free version of our Sidewinder+ Slouchy Beanie. This hat is knit flat using short rows to create a unique reversible hat where garter stitch mimics ribbing.

And since it’s all knit stitches, it can be made in just a few hours. A perfect last minute gift!

This hat pattern is available for free as a thank you for sharing it on Facebook or Twitter. Use the following links to share the pattern with your friends on one of those networks. After sharing you will be given a link to download the pattern. Only the links below will allow you to download the pattern:

One size fits most

Advanced Beginner (2 of 5)

1 skein worsted weight yarn

Shown in: Pattons Classic Wool
(100% Wool – 3.50 oz / 100 g -210 yd / 192 m)
Colors: Light Grey Marl

1 set size US 8 (5.0mm) knitting needle

1 size US H/8 (5.0mm) crochet hook

Tapestry needle and T-pins for finishing

17 stitches & 34.5 rows = 4”x4” (10cm)
in garter stitch

This hat is worked flat on the side and then seamed together. Gauge is very important to this hat fitting properly

The crochet hook is used for the provisional cast on.

If you would like to produce this pattern commercially please contact for licensing.
(selling finished scarves to friends and at craft shows is fine.)

25 thoughts on “Sidewinder Free

  1. Arwin says:

    How can i download this free pattern? i don’t have a mobile, nor do i do face book, is there any other way?

    • Johnny Vasquez says:

      Hi Arwin!

      You can use Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest to share the pattern for a free download. If you don’t use those platforms email me about your situation.



  2. Pat Dunn says:

    I made this cap for Christmas for under my son’s climbing helmet in Patons classic wool…Am very pleased with how it turned out! Thank you Johnny I love your site…I’ve learned so much . Love the new website design too . Merry Christmas!

  3. says:

    Hola tendrás algún patterns en español o diagramas, perdón pero esto del inglés no se me da y me encanta tu página. Felicidades

      • says:

        This is what the above message says.
        “Hello would you have any patterns or diagrams in Spanish, sorry but I don’t understand this English stuff and I love your page. Congratulations. “

        • Johnny Vasquez says:

          Thank you for translating. We do not have the resources to translate our content into Spanish.

  4. says:

    I extremely like this pattern. I’m going to try it after I get some nice yarn from the store for this.

  5. Katy says:

    Hi!! I pinned this but am I missing something .. How do I get the pattern. Haha. I bet it is so obvious and I just can’t seem to figure it out! Thanks!

    • Johnny Vasquez says:

      Did you use the “pin to see” link to pin it? Once you do, a photo will be revealed. Click that photo and the pattern will download.

  6. says:

    want to try this short row hat but do not use any social media…i know i’m so last century… please help!!!!

    • Johnny Vasquez says:

      Can you please email us with your request?

      We stated in the post that if you do not use any of the social media sites to request the hat by email. You can use the contact form in the main menu.


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  8. Sarah says:

    How do I share this via Pinterest in order to download the pattern? I don’t see the ‘Pin to See’ button anywhere, just the Twitter and FB one… Thanks for your help – this pattern looks like a fun knit to keep up my sleeve for quick gifts, and I’d love to share it with others 🙂

      • Sandra says:

        Would really appreciate the Sidewinder Hat,but belong to neither Twitter nor Facebook.Would be delighted to add your information to either Knitting Paradise (has members from all over the world,as well as crocheters AND Machine Knitters.There is a great Forum there with new topic QD,as well as a great search machine!! Or else Ravelry?? Hope that will work for you!Really enjoy your daily emails and free tutorials.Couldn’t watch the last one-we had our 5th blizzard that day for March!!

        • Johnny Vasquez says:

          We are very familiar with Knitting Paradise and the hat pattern is already on Ravelry (points to this page).

          As we stated in the post, just email us and we’ll send you the pattern. You can use the contact form in the main menu, or just email us directly.

  9. Paulo Roberto Domingos says:

    Hi Jonny,
    I’m Paulo Domingos from Brazil. I’m musician and knitter too 🙂 I tried to knit this pattern but I think I’m doing something wrong. The top of the hat is not going like the photo and I didn’t understand the part of finishing (End 6th panel after W&T rows. Do not work the last 2 rows.Pick up CO row, remove waste yarn, graft with last row
    picking up wraps as you go.Block, weave in ends)

    Sorry for my bad english. If you can help me I’d be very glad.

    Greetings from Brazil


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