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Plain double knitting transitions effortlessly into basic brioche ribbing in this versatile, reversible hat design, which pairs perfectly with my Pibling cowl. How will you style yours? Light side or dark side? Slouchy or cuffed?

As the name may imply, this design was inspired by my own niece and nephews. It was born of a desire to cater to the whims of a fickle 5-year-old, a sullen 17-year-old, and all tastes in between. With 4 different ways to wear the same hat, everyone should be able to find a style that suits. Plus it's sized for the entire family!

Video tutorials are included for the two-color Italian cast on, double knitting, and brioche, making this an excellent skill building project for the adventurous beginner!


1 (2, 3, 4, 5)
To fit, approximately:
preemie (baby, toddler, child, teen/adult)

Circumference, unstretched:
10 (12, 14, 16, 18) inches
25 (30, 36, 41, 46) cm
To fit head circumference:
11-13 (13-16, 15-19, 17-21, 19-24) inches
28-33 (33-41, 38-48, 43-53, 48-61) cm
Shown in:
Size 5 on a 23 in/58 cm wooden hat form
Size 4 on an 18 in/46 cm upturned yarn bowl
Height, uncuffed:
5 (6.5, 8.25, 9.25, 10.5) inches
13 (17, 21, 23, 27) cm
You are welcome to adjust the height to suit your preferences, but keep in mind that may alter the amount of yarn required.

GAUGE (on main needles, after blocking)
16 sts/24 rounds = 4 in/10 cm in brioche rib
16 sts/29 rounds = 4 in/10 cm in double knitting
Each pair of double-knitted stitches counts as a single stitch.

DK weight yarn in two contrasting colors:
35 (55, 80, 100, 125) yds of each color, or
32 (50, 73, 91, 115) m of each color
Shown in: Barker Wool (formerly Chasing Rabbits Fiber Co) Merinolux DK (100% merino; 219yds/200m per 100g skein) in Austin (A) and Empower (B)
Since this hat is reversible, it does not matter which color you call A and which you call B.
US #5/3.75mm needles (your choice of short circular, two circulars, long circular for magic loop, and/or double-pointed needles)
US #4/3.5mm needles (optional, for cast on)
Tapestry needle
Stitch marker
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