January 5, 2009
Twin Hat Pattern
Yarn: One ball each Violet and Autumn Red Caron Simply Soft Tweed or colors of your choice.
Needles: 5 dpns US size 7
Stitch markers (optional)
Gauge: 4-5 sts per inch
>Cast on 64 stitches on US size 7 dpns with your main color. Distribute sts. evenly on four needles (16 st per needle). Knit one row and then join being careful not to twist! If this is a problem for you then try knitting all 64 stitches on one needle before distributing - this tends to make the yarn want to go all crazy on you.
>Knit all stitches for 3.5 inches. Switch to secondary color and knit for one inch. Snip off secondary color, leaving a decent tail. Return to main color and knit until hat measures 6.5-7 inches from the cast on row.
>Crown: Place markers in the middle of each needle so that each section has 8 stitches.
Row 1: *Knit 6, K2tog* repeat to end of round
Row 2: *Knit 5, K2tog* repeat to end of round
Row 3: *Knit 4, K2tog* repeat to end of round
Row 4: *Knit 3, K2tog* repeat to end of round
Row 5: *Knit 2, K2tog* repeat to end of round
Row 6: *Knit 1, K2tog* repeat to end of round
8 stitches remain. Snip yarn leaving a decent tail. Thread the tail through the remaining stitches, making a small circle. Weave in all ends.
To make the second hat, repeat the pattern, but the former main color yarn is now the secondary yarn and the former secondary yarn is now the main color. This will give you two hats with two colors that are similar, but not the same.
While you can modify the brim, the rolled brim is great for growing heads. By making the hat a bit bigger than actual baby head size you can roll the brim higher so that it fits now and as the head grows you can roll the brim down and the hat still fits. The hats I made for the twins I wrote the pattern for still is wearable two years later.