With vertical lines branching from the decreases at the crown,
this double knit hat is reminiscent of the hanging branches and
leaves of weeping willow trees.
I designed the hat that I want to own: double knit for warmth,
a graphic design that speaks to my love of art deco and a shape
that hugs my head. Plus the paired decreases mean that it's totally
reversible and looks great inside out!
For those who find double knitting enough of a challenge,
a regular cast on will keep this hat snug against your head.
For those who want to try something new, give a circular tubular
cast on a go!
Low, Louise Manship, Zoé Servant photos: Natalie
Yarn Child's hat:
Del Uruguay Silk Blend [70% merino,
30% silk; 150yd/137m per 50g skein];
1 skein each color
King Cole Merino Blend DK [100% superwash wool; 123yd/112m per
50g skein]; color: #43 Bronze Green; 1 skein
Twilleys of Stamford Freedom Spirit [100% wool; 130yd/119m per
50g skein]; color: #522 Dream; 1 skein
Recommended needle size [always use a needle
size that gives you the gauge
listed below -- every knitter's
gauge is unique] Child's
16-inch 3mm circular needle
16-inch US #4/3.5mm circular needle
1 set US #4/3.5mm double-point needles
16-inch US #4/3.5mm circular needle
16-inch US #6/4mm circular needle
1 set US #6/4mm double-point needles
Note: For both hats, if you decide not to work the tubular
cast on, the circular needle in smaller size will not be
Smooth waste yarn
Child: 19 sts/26 rows = 4" in
double knitting using larger needle Adult: 18 sts/24 rows = 4" in double knitting using larger
PATTERN NOTES [Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]
This hat is worked in double knitting.
This is a technique which allows you to
form two layers of fabric at once. It can be used in different
ways, but in this case, it is used to make a reversible hat with
a stockinette surface on each side.
It is easy to end up with a loose fabric when working in double
knitting; be sure to work with a firm tension.
Each square in the chart represents two
stitches: one stitch worked on the outer layer of fabric, and
one stitch worked on the inner layer.
MC square: Bring both yarns between needles to inside (WS) of
work, k1 using MC; bring both yarns between needles to outside
(RS) of work, p1 using CC.
CC square: Bring both yarns between needles to inside (WS) of
work, k1 using CC; bring both yarns between needles to outside
(RS) of work, p1 using MC.
Stitches must be reordered before working k2tog or ssk decreases,
as follows: slip next st (outer layer) from left needle to right
needle; drop next st (inner layer) from left needle and hold
behind work while slipping following st (outer layer) to right
needle; replace dropped inner layer st on left needle, slip both
outer layer sts to left needle. Sts are reordered so that 2 outer
layer sts are adjacent, and 2 inner layer sts are adjacent.
k2tog (shown in MC): Bring both yarns between needles to inside
(WS) of work, k2tog using MC; bring both yarns between needles
to outside (RS) of work, p2tog tbl using CC.
ssk (shown in MC): Bring both yarns between needles to inside
(WS) of work, ssk using MC; bring both yarns between needles
to outside (RS) of work, p2tog using CC.
Before working the double decrease below, reorder sts (as for
single decreases) so that 3 outer layer sts are adjacent, and
3 inner layer sts are adjacent.
sssk (shown in MC): Bring both yarns between needles to inside
(WS) of work, sssk using MC; bring both yarns between needles
to outside (RS) of work, p3tog using CC.
Instructions for Duplicate Stitch can be found here.
The cast on technique used for this project is a variation on
the Tubular Cast On technique shown here.
Instructions for the
Backward Loop Cast On can also be found here.
you do not wish to work the tubular
cast on, work as follows:
MC and circular needle in larger size,
CO 88 sts. Place marker and join to
begin working in the round, being careful
not to twist. Rounds 1-5: [K1, p1] to end. Round 6: [Kfb] in each st.
to Hat Body section below.
Charts The chart for this pattern is very large and fits on a letter-sized
Click here and print the resulting
page.Note: Charts were updated Oct 3, 2011
Note: If you do not wish to work the tubular cast on, see Pattern
Notes for alternate directions.
Tubular Cast On:
With smaller circular needle and waste
yarn, using backward loop method, CO 88 sts onto circular needle.
Using MC, k 1 row. Place marker and join to begin working in
the round, being careful not to twist; use unique marker to
indicate beginning of round.
K 3 rounds. If you have not worked sts from a provisional cast
on before, see linked article in Pattern Notes before proceeding.
Next Round: *K1 from left needle, p1 in back loop of CO st below
st just worked; repeat from * until all sts have been worked.
Using larger circular needle, work Rounds
1-30 of Willow Chart. Chart is worked four times in each round;
place stitch marker at end of each chart repeat.
If you wish to lengthen hat, work Round
31, repeating this round as required to achieve desired length.
Work Rounds 1-14 of Crown Chart, switching
to double-point needles when necessary and removing markers
when working last round. 16 sts remain. Break yarns, leaving
ends 4-6 inches long.
Thread yarn needle with CC end. Leaving MC end hanging at outside
of work, *sl next st with CC held to inside of work, draw CC
end through next st and remove from needle; repeat from * to
end of round. 8 sts remain. Pull CC end to inside of hat. Draw
MC end through remaining sts and pull both ends tight.
Carefully remove waste yarn from CO edge.
Weave in ends. Since this hat is reversible, one way to do this is to work
several stitches in duplicate stitch (see Pattern Notes) to secure, then
to draw the yarn end into the space between the layers of fabric.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Natalie is the busy mother of 2 young children,
works as a software tester, and is an avid
knitter, especially of lace patterns. She's
a recent convert to spinning and finds
spindling to be even more relaxing than knitting.