Double Knit Reversible Hat

Free Pattern: Double Knit Beanie

Double Knit Classic Blue and Khaki

This pattern is for a double-knit reversible hat knit in the round with 2 contrasting-color skeins of yarn.

The brim is knit with both strands of yarn together. Then, for the crown, one color is knit facing the knitter and the other purled facing the inside of the work.                                                                                 

This Pattern uses. . .

  • size 8 (5 mm) circular needles that are 16 inches long (41 cm) (or needle size for gauge); and
  • 5 size 8 (5 mm) double pointed needles
  • 2 contrasting color skeins of Lion Brand Jeans worsted weight or similar weight yarn (246 yards/ 225 m)
  • 5 stitch markers (using 1 that is a different color than the rest is useful), and
  • is at an intermediate skill level (Double Knit in the round, Cast on, bind off, knit, purl, sskpsso decreases, join in-the-round)

The Gauge . . . 

  • for 4 x 4 inches (10 cm) is 18 stitches x 24 rows using double knitting pattern with size 8 needles.


The Finished size . . .

  • for the smaller hat (most likely a women’s, or teen’s hat) is. . .
    • approximately 18 inches (46 cm) around and 8 inches tall (20 cm).
  • for the larger hat (most likely a men’s hat) is. . .
    • approximately 20 inches (51 cm) around and 9 inches tall (23 cm).                         

 (Alter the circumference by adding or removing stitches in groups of 5 [so the decreases stay even])

Double Knit Khaki
Reverse side of Classic Blue and Khaki hat

Cast On…

The brim of the hat is knit with both strands of contrasting-colored yarn together. I use long tail cast on, but you can use any cast on as long as it’s stretchy enough for a hat brim.

For the smaller hat, holding both strands of yarn, cast on 80 sets of stitches. (You’ll be casting on 80 “sets” of stitches because you’re holding the two strands together. This will be important once we move to the crown of the hat, where we double knit, because we will be separating the stitches so there are 160).

For the larger hat, again holding both strands of yarn, cast on 90 stitches. (This will become 180 when we separate the stiches into double knit).

Double knit projects are in stockinet where the outside of the project (what you can see) looks like knits and the inside of the two layers (what you can’t see) are in reverse stockinet.

Start Knitting…

Join in the round. Continue to hold both strands together and do a K1, P1 rib around. Continue K1, P1 rib for 1 ½ to 2 inches (4 cm to 5 cm).

Transition to Double Knitting…

Start with both strands of the working yarn in the back of the work. Knit color A (Classic blue in my sample). Bring both strands of working yarn to the front.  Next purl color B (grey in my sample).  Then, put yarn in back.

Continue double knitting in this manner—by starting with the yarn in back, knit color A, put the yarn in front, purl color B.

When the hat, including the brim, is 5 ½ inches (14 cm) long [6 ½ inches (16.5 cm) for larger hat] place stitch marker at the end of the row.

Double knit that row placing stitch markers after every 16 (18 for larger hat) sets of stitches.

You’ll have 5 stitch markers total. The stitch markers show where we’re going to decrease.

Decrease Row

For the decrease row, double knit until you have 3 sets of stitches before the first marker. Slip 5 stitches onto right needle. (Our goal here is to have 3 stitches of color B and 3 stitches of color A together so we can decrease all in one color then all in the other.)

slip 5 stitches to right needle
slip 5 stitches to right needle

Once you’ve slipped 5 stitches onto the right needle, grab the first stitch on the right needle with your hand (or put on cable needle) slipping it off the needle (color A), slip next stitch from right needle to left (color B). Grab the next stitch off the right needle and slip it off (color A). [You now have 2 live stitches in your hand], slip the next stitch from the right needle to the left (color B).

slip color A stitches off and hold them while you put color B stitches on left needle
slip color A stitches off and hold them while you put color B stitches on left needle


Now, place the 2 live stitches (both are color A) onto the left needle. [So you have 3 stitches of color B slipped on the left needle then the 3 stitches of color A.]

3 stitches of each color together
3 stitches of each color together on left needle ready to be knit


With yarn in back, Slip the first stitch (color A) knitwise, Knit next 2 stitches together, pull the slipped stitch over the 2 knitted together.


Now bring the yarn in front. Slip 1 stitch purlwise (color B), slip the next 2 stitches knitwise from the left to the right needle. Place those 2 stitches back on the left needle, and Purl 2 together through the back loop. Pass slipped stitch over.


You have done a double decrease! Slip the stitch marker onto the right needle. Double knit until 3 stitches before the next stitch marker. Do another decrease. Then repeat 3 more times (you’ll do the decrease 5 times total in a row.


decreases done and on right needle
decreases done and on right needle (went from 6 stitches to 4)

Once you’re done with the decrease row, double knit 1 full row.

When trying to knit on the circular needle becomes too difficult (when the yarn is stretching too much for your comfort), you’ll want to move using to the double pointed needles.

Next, repeat the decrease row.

Then, complete a full double knit row.

Continue these 2 rows until you have 10 stitches left.

Finishing the Top . . . 

When finishing the top of the hat, work on color B first (This is the color in the very center of the hat. To me, it’s like working on the bottom or inside first.) Cut the yarn and bring the strand through the 10 remaining color B stitches, knot and weave in.

Then, move to color A. Cut the yarn, bring it through the 10 remaining color A stitches, pull tight, knot and weave in.

Weave in any remaining strands of yarn.

Enjoy your warm, reversible hat!

bunny with yarn

Designed by Julie Fraser-Lindsey

Bunny Totem Knits


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 Feel free to sell your finished products and give this pattern to friends, but please do not sell this pattern as your own. 


Also, I do my best to create perfect patterns; if you find any errors, please contact me as I’d like to correct them for other knitters.

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