Vandal Helmet

So, here is the Vandal Helmet Pattern, as promised!

You Will Need:

Worsted weight yarn, gold or yellow and silver or gray
US Size 5 needles
Yarn needle

Vandal Helmet/Viking Winged Hat
Size approx. 3-6 months *Note- if you want to make it bigger, then just increase the amount of stitches by 8, 16, or 24, etc*
Cast on 64 stitches in the gold or yellow color, join in the round being careful not to twist the stitches.
Row 1: *K1,P1* Rep to end
Row 2: *P1,K1* Rep to end
Row 3: Knit all the way around
Row 4: Knit all the way around
Row 5: *Knit 7, on the 8th stitch make a bobble* Rep to end (bobble instructions at the end of pattern!)
Row 6: Knit all the way around
Row 7: Knit all the way around
Row 8: *K1, P1* Rep to end
Row 9:  *P1, K1* Rep to end,

Switch to your gray or silver yarn!

Row 10: Knit all the way around, while evenly decreasing 4 stitches during this row. You should have 60 stitches now.
Row 11-28: Knit all the way around
Row 29: *Knit 8, K2T* Rep to end
Row 30: Knit all the way around
Row 31: *Knit 7, K2t* Rep to end
Row 32: Knit all the way around
Row 33: *Knit 6, K2t* Rep to end
Row34: Knit all the way around
Row35: *Knit 5, K2t* Rep to end
Row 36: Knit all the way around
Row 37: *Knit 4, K2T* Rep to end
Row 38: Knit all the way around
Row 39: *Knit 3, K2T* Rep to end
Row 40:  Knit all the way around
Row 41: *Knit 2, K2t* Rep to end
Row 42: Knit all the way around
Row 43: *Knit 1, K2T
Row 44: Knit all the way around
Row 45: *K2T all the way around. Cut yarn, leaving long tail. Thread the tail through remaining stitches, tighten to close.

Wings: (Make two!)
Row 1: In gold or yellow yarn cast on 16 stitches, leave a long tail to sew these on to the hat, then *K2, P2* Rep to end
Row 2 – 8 : K2, P2* Rep to end
Row 9: Bind off first 2 stitches on every other row and finish the row, keeping with the ribbed pattern
Repeat that until you have two stitches left, bind off.
Attach them to the hat, right on the line where you switched from the yellow/gold yarn to the silver/gray yarn.

Making a bobble: (If you have trouble with my instructions on bobbles, there are plenty of Youtube videos which show (in great detail) how to make a bobble. It sounds difficult, but it’s really quite easy!
Knit into front and back, then front and back again of 1 stitch- then you should be working with 4 stitches.
Turn your work and p4.
Turn it back over k4.
Turn your work again and p4.
Turn it back (last time!) , k2tog, k2tog, pass 1st st over 2nd, and you’re back to just 1 stitch.

And there you have it! Please let me know if you notice any discrepancies in the pattern- I wrote it up after making the hat, so it’s quite possible that I skipped a step or wrote something down wrong, so please feel free to leave me any feedback regarding this pattern!


36 thoughts on “Vandal Helmet

  1. My daughter had declared that I must make this hat for the future Millie (due in March). She can look like a tiny Brunhilde! LOL! Thanks so much for the pattern — it’s adorable! (And so is Sam, of course).

  2. I just found out today that our first grandchild will be a boy, and this is the firs thing I will knit for him knowing this. Too adorable!

  3. Oh My Gosh this is SO cute!!!! This Idaho Alum gramdma has to make this for my Vandal grandbabies! Thank you for sharing!!! I..D..A..H..O Idaho Idaho Go Go Go!

  4. the pattern does not state to purl every alternate rows..also it seems as though 3-7 is ribbed and not just knit rows..if I change colours row 10 you can clearly see the change in the front??? the helmet is done in st st should be clearly defined

  5. Alice- I did not purl alternate rows. I did it in the round, so all the rows above the yellow part were knit. The only purls in the pattern are in the k1p1 in the band (the yellow part).

  6. Not a comment, just a question – I love the hat and want to make it for my 3 1/2 year old grandson. If I increase the cast on to 104 stitches, would that be big enough? Also would I have to add rows to the debth to make it fit???
    Hope to hear from you.

  7. Hey Fran,
    You’ll definitely need to add more rows to get it to fit, otherwise it will be way too shallow. I am not really sure if 104 stitches will fit a toddler, though. I don’t have a toddler to measure anything on, so I really can’t say. So sorry! Although, Knits are very stretchy, so I would err on the side of making it a bit tighter than you think you may need it.

  8. Exactly what I was looking for!! My Vandal grandson will be adorable in this! His Bronco father may not like it as much, though….. 🙂

  9. What were the finished measurements? That way maybe I can figure out how many to cast on? I want to make this as an adult L/XL.

  10. I’m starting the wings, but I am confused. If you bind off every other row, you only taper one side of the wings. Shouldn’t they finish in an upside down ‘v’?

  11. I wanted to thank you for the pattern which was easy to understand for me who doesnt speak English well. I used it to make a viking helmet.

  12. Thanks for the pattern! I am making it out of pale lavendar and yellow for my first granddaughter. My son and dauter-in-law love the hat! I am confused by the K2T and the K2t. What do they stand for? Is it Knit 2 together? Thanks for your time and help. Have a great day!

  13. Thank you for sharing the pattern! One question though: if using the needles and weight you specified, what’s the gauge? I’d like to make one of these for a friend’s baby, but I’ll need to convert the pattern for the needles and yarn I’m using.

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  15. Hi Ali,
    I just finished making this hat and it came out so cute! Your instructions for making the bobbles were great and it was nice to learn something new. The only comment I have is when decreasing starting on row 29, it is not evenly decreased. You have 60 sts. and your first decrease is after 8 stitches. I was thinking if you should increase 4 sts. on row 27, knit row 28, and then start decreasing.

  16. So I have a question. I am from Denmark and not an expert on the sizes of needles and yarn you use in the US. But have I understood it correct that the yarn you use is really for a slightly thicker needle?? Or is the yarn not the same as worsted bulky?? Maybe you can tell me the ply number or if it has a suggestion for needles i mm on the band around the yarn??

  17. For US worsted weight yarn you would normally use 4.5—5.5 mm knitting needles. In the US it is considered “medium weight #4” yarn.
    Hope that helps!

  18. So I got it right? The yarn is for bigger needles and to make i more dense you you use smaller needles?

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  20. Hi I would like to make this for an adult. How many stitches do I add and how does it work with the rows etc. so it won’t be too shallow? Thanks

  21. I’m really excited to make this but am confused about the wings. Because these are not knit in the round, to get the ribbing I need to alternate rows of K2 P2 with rows of P2 K2, right?

  22. Lydia,
    I don’t have an actual pattern written up, but maybe try doubling the stitches and as far as length, find abeanie you like that fits and measure it against that? Measure how long it is before the decreases start. Again this is just a guideline, I hope to have a pattern for the adult size soon.

    Also. Check Ravelry. There are many people who have made it into adult size and they might have more detailed instructions?

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