XOXO Hat

Pattern here.

XOXO hat for my brother

About once a year, I knit my brother a nice, warm hat in a dark color. However, single-color hats are so dreadfully boring to knit! And since I only wear hats when it is really, really cold, I find hats with a single thickness of wool utterly insufficient. The only solution worth my time is, of course, a stranded project. When I saw Tuulia’s beautiful Alise Mittens (Ravelry link), I decided to use a similar XOXO pattern in a hat. You may find a link to my free hat pattern here but really, all you need is the 8 stitch x 8 row pattern repeat and a little common sense.  Alternating gray and black provided enough visual interest for the knitter while the overall effect is dark and subtle. After all, my brother does not need a hat that screams, “My sister made this!” I also knit a 2.5″ lining to be tucked inside the brim for extra warmth around the ears.

Top view, XOXO hat

Yarn: Approximately 200 yds of worsted weight for each color; I used Bemidji Woolen Mills Original Homespun and Knit Picks Wool of the Andes

Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm), either DPNs or DPNs and 16″ circular

XOXO hat

XOXO hat

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  1. [...] I’m very very pleased with how it turned out, and I think he likes it, too. The pattern is Xs and Os by Elinor Brown. The yarns are Alpaca With A Twist’s Baby Twist in Charcoal, and Camel yarn [...]


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