I had already decided to double knit the hat for warmth and to avoid the long floats the colourwork would require. I found two complementary shades of brown of the same yarn in my stash and set to work.
|The slit in the top is from when I was working in rows.|
Once the increases were done, I started working in the
round. It will be short work to sew the seam shut with
the long tails I left at the cast on.
That worked fairly successfully. I did the crown of the hat on straight needles in the flat (i.e. not in the round). It was a new skill to do increases in double knitting, but it went pretty easily. I would increase 8 times around in the one colour on one row, and on the next row I would increase in the other colour. That way I never had to increase both colours at the same time (and I could do all the increases on knit rows instead of purl rows), and each colour got a plain row of knitting in between the increase rows.
By the time I got to the right size, I had one pattern repeat less than the pattern called for (14 sts). No wonder my first try was so big!
Then I followed the pattern's instructions and did 12 rows of plain knitting--no increases and no colourwork.
Then I started the colourwork pattern:
the other side. Double knitting makes a perfectly reversible hat. I think it's like magic...only real.