I made this Double Thick Child’s Hat from TLC Wiggles yarn in two colours. I’ll warn you now, it’s fun, but you have to be careful not to create extra stitches from the colourful loops!
Opened out, it looks like this…
Odd, eh! It’s reversible and double thick when worn. You just push one colour inside the other to wear it. Below is my 9 year old son modelling it with a goofy face – it’s a bit small for him though. The circumference is 19 inches and the depth is 6.5 inches.
TLC Wiggles (acrylic) yarn, two colours, one ball of each
US #6 or 4mm circulars (16 inch length) and dpns
My gauge was 5 stitches/inch
Cast 90 stitches (using the long tail method) on to the circular needles, join and knit in the round until your work measures 5 inches. I use the position of the yarn tail hanging off the bottom of my work to keep track of complete rounds, but it might be a good idea to place a marker at the beginning of the round for the decreasing part. Change to double pointeds when there aren’t enough stitches to fit comfortably on the circulars.
Decrease for crown –
*K8, K2tog; rep from * to end of round
*K7, K2tog; rep from * to end of round
*K6, K2tog; rep from * to end of round
*K5, K2tog; rep from * to end of round
*K4, K2tog; rep from * to end of round
*K3, K2tog; rep from * to end of round
*K2, K2tog; rep from * to end of round
*K1, K2tog; rep from * to end of round
*K2tog; rep from * to end of round
Cut the yarn, leaving a 6 inch tail, thread it onto a blunt darning needle, run the needle through all the stitches clockwise, pull up, take the needle down through the centre and knot off on the inside.
Now using the second colour, go to your cast on edge and pick up 90 stitches all around. This is done by inserting the tip of the circular needle under the two strands of the cast on, wrapping the yarn around and proceeding as if to knit. Make sure you go into every stitch (with hindsight, it might be better to knit with the lighter coloured yarn first to make it easier to pick up for the second half of the hat).
Continue to knit all stitches until you have 5 inches in the second colour. Then decrease for the crown exactly as before and fasten off. Hide the yarn tail inside.
This is a great way to make a warm hat which is neatly finished, as the yarn tails and wrong side of your work are completely hidden!