My brother lives in the windy city of Chicago. Through the years, I’ve knit him scarves and hats to ward off the cold, but he recently confessed that even worsted and bulky weight knits were letting too much air through. After consulting with some knitting friends, I realized the importance of a more densely knit fabric for a windy climate.
This beginner-friendly design uses bright colors of a washable worsted weight wool blend, making it a great choice for a gift project. The double-thick textured brim coupled with a contrasting crown finished with a crisp line of decreases creates a cozy hat, even with the coldest winds! The stretchy brim accommodates a range of head sizes, making the DOUBLED-UP HAT a great gift for your entire cold-eared crew.
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Color 1: Knit Picks Mighty Stitch, 80% Acrylic, 20% Superwash Wool, 208 yd / 190 m per 100 g (used for BRIM)
Size 1: 135 yd / 123 m (65 g), Size 2: 150 yd / 137 m (72 g)
Color 2: Knit Picks Felici Worsted, 75% Superwash Wool, 25% Nylon, 218 yd / 199 m per 100 g (used for BODY & CROWN)
Size 1: 76 yd / 70 m (35 g), Size 2: 90 yd / 82 m (42 g)
NOTE: Felici is a Special Reserve yarn that releases periodically. It is not always available, and the color offering changes regularly.
Some testers were able to make 2 hats out of 2 100 g skeins of worsted weight yarn by flipping Colors 1 and 2. Feel free to use a second solid color in place of the striping yarn, as shown in one of the samples!
Circumference at brim: 20.2” (21.9”) / 51.5 (56) cm
Size 1 fits heads from 20.5-24” (50-61) cm
Size 2 fits heads from 22-24” (56-61) cm
Beanie height: 8.25” (8.5”) / 21 (21.5) cm
Modify height for a slouchier fit by adding length to the BODY.
GAUGE & NEEDLES
19 stitches & 32 rounds = 4” (10 cm) in 1×1 broken rib
20 stitches & 26 rounds = 4” (10 cm) in stockinette in the round
US 6 (4.0 mm) circular needle, 16” (40 cm) and 32” (80 cm) for magic loop decreases, or double-pointed needles or size needed to get gauge
Spare needle in same size as main body size (or smaller!) to join folded brim
Provisional cast-on, knit stitch, purl stitch, knitting stitches together to form a folded brim, decreasing stitches
This is a beginner-friendly written hat pattern with sizing for children and adults.
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Tech editing: Bronwyn Hahn
Test knitting: Alicia A., Shilo A., Marieke van Bommel, Tammy B., Claire E., Laura G., Kim G., Jennie K., Amy S., Grace Wick, Jimmy Y.