Shawn's Double Knit Hat by Sarah Devantier

Shawn's Double Knit Hat

April 2018
yarn held together
+ Worsted
= Worsted (9 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in knit flat in stockinette stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
200 - 350 yards (183 - 320 m)
Infant, child, adult
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Men’s Hats: They’re the hardest to find a pattern for, aren’t they? My husband Shawn is a plain kind of guy, and I love that about him, but boy, does it make hat knitting for him boring! I much prefer playing around with techniques, colours, and stitch patterns. So when he asked me for a new hat, I figured it was a good time to try something new: double knitting!

Double knitting (unrelated to DK or double knitting weight yarn) is a technique in which you create two layers of fabric at the same time – one to the front of the work, and one on the back/inside, depending on whether you are knitting flat or in the round. This results in a project that is completely reversible and is also extra thick and warm. These features are perfect for an outdoorsy guy in our Canadian winters.

This pattern is a perfect introduction to double knitting. With photo and video tutorials, I’ll help you master this technique!

This hat is simple enough for even the plain-loving folks in your life, but you could also jazz it up with variegated yarn, or brighter colours for those who crave more excitement in their headwear.

Infant (child, adult)
Finished measurements
• 15”/37.5 cm (17”/43 cm, 20”/51 cm) circumference
• 6”/15 cm (8”/20 cm, 9”/23 cm) fold of brim to crown
To fit head circumference 14.5–17”/37–43 cm (17-20”/43-51cm, 20-23”/51-59 cm)

Yarns Used:

Bulky weight yarn in a wool or wool-acrylic blend is recommended.

Sample is knit in Estelle Worsted (Worsted, 50% Acrylic, 40% Wool, 10% Nylon, 200 m/219 yards per 100 gram hank), I skein in Forest, 1 skein in Brown Bear. *Two strands of yarn are held together throughout the pattern to create a bulky-weight yarn*

Bulky weight yarn:
MC: 55 m (60 yds) - 110 m (120 yds)
CC: 46 m (50 yds) - 80 m (88 yds)
Worsted weight yarn (2 strands held together)
MC: 110 m (120 yds) - 200 m (219 yds)
CC: 92 m (100 yds) - 140 m (154 yds)

US size 7 (4.5 mm) 16” (40 cm) circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge.
Double Pointed Needles or longer circular needles in the same size for crown decreases.

Other Notions:
5 stitch markers: ensure 1 is distinctive to indicate beginning of the round
Cable needle
Tapestry needle

Pattern has been tech edited and test-knit to ensure the pattern is clear and error free.
Thank you to my test knitters: scogginc, Ibitemynails, notjustanothermom, teenbatateen, gesuma05 (and a few others that are not on Rav!)