Dizygotic Hats by Claire Crawford

Dizygotic Hats

October 2017
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
in Colorwork Pattern
US 9 - 5.5 mm
US 10Β½ - 6.5 mm
122 yards (112 m)
Stretches to fit 21-23” head circumference.
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This pattern is available for free.


REQUIRED SKILLS: knit, purl, work in the round, use double-pointed needles, change colors, decrease, stranded colorwork.

FINISHED SIZE (unblocked)
Stretches to fit 21-23” head circumference.

O-Wool O-WASH CHUNKY (100% machine-washable certified organic merino; 100g/122yds): 1 skein each of Main Color (MC) and Contrast Color (CC).

Shown in:
Version 1a: Blackbird (MC), Sunfish (CC). Uses Colorwork Pattern A.
Version 1b: Sunfish (MC), Blackbird (CC). Uses Colorwork Pattern B.
Version 2a: Ladyslipper (MC), Schist (CC). Colorwork Pattern A.
Version 2b: Schist (MC), Ladyslipper (CC). Uses Colorwork Pattern B.

18 sts and 20 rows = 4” in Colorwork Pattern, unblocked, on larger circular needle. Work your gauge swatch in the round for accuracy.

US 9/5.5mm 16” circular needle
US 10.5 / 6.5mm 16” circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge
US 10.5 / 6.5mm double-pointed needles or size needed to obtain gauge

tapestry needle
1 stitch marker


  • You can make two hats with the yarn required for this project! For the first hat, choose your main color and contrast color and use Colorwork Pattern A. For the second hat, switch the two colors and use Colorwork Pattern B.

  • You will use every bit of both skeins for this project, so keep your gauge swatch in case you need to unravel it to finish your hat.

  • Do your gauge swatch over the Colorwork Pattern. Your gauge will be much denser if you’re doing colorwork vs. doing regular Stockinette Stitch.

  • Anytime my contrast color β€œfloats” behind my main color for more than 3 stitches, I β€œtack down” the float. This will come into play when working your crown decreases. Here are some great tips about how to do this technique: https://www.interweave.com/article/knitting/tacking-down-...

  • I didn’t feel the need to block the finished hats, so all measurements and gauge info is based on an unblocked finished project.