Two Heads Are Better MKAL £4.50

The fourth joint MKAL by Sarah Alderson and Ann Kingstone

This year we are knitting hats. Do join us for the fun!

The MKAL has now finished however you can still purchase this pattern and knit your mix and match hat.

This MKAL is designed to stretch your creativity by giving you not one, but two options for each section of the hat. We will send out a section of two great linked designs each week and the choice becomes yours for which option to knit.

This innovative MKAL will start with part one of the designs on the 15th of February 2019, followed by Part Two on the 22nd 2019, Part Three on March 1st 2019. The final full pattern will be revealed on the 8th of March 2019 with winners chosen and prizes announced for those who have posted pictures of their completed hat in our Ravelry group forum page. You will automatically receive an email with the pattern update on these dates to download the next section. Each part will have one option designed by Sarah Alderson and one option designed by Ann Kingstone. They can be mixed and matched giving you many different hat pattern options!

We will be holding hands with you throughout the MKAL with online video tutorials via YouTube, advice on our blogs, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and a live broadcast each week. We would also love you to join us in our Ravelry group where we will have forum threads for each update, spoiler threads and a finished hat thread as well as chat and prize giveaways. We love seeing your colour and yarn choices and sharing with you the fun of a MKAL.

This is an inclusive knitalong, and you are most welcome to join us whatever your ethnic, gender, and sexual identity is. We have in particular planned for the ethnic diversity of our local community to be represented in the pattern photography. This will be published at the end of the MKAL.

Ravelry group:


To fit head circumferences of up to 52½ (56, 59½) cm / 20½ (22, 23½) in, measured around the largest part of the head, ie where a hat brim sits.

After blocking the finished hats measure 47¼ (51½, 55¾) cm / 18¾ (20½, 22¼) in around at the brim.

There are both beanie and beret options.


4ply/fingering weight yarn.

MC: 50g

CC: 50g

Shown in: For the prototype hats Sarah used Fonty ‘BB Merinos’ (100% Merino wool) and Baa Ram Ewe Titus (50% Wensleydale, 30% alpaca, 20% Blue Faced Leicester), and Ann used Eden Cottage ‘Harewood 4ply’ (100% Bluefaced Leicester wool) and Rachel Coopey ‘Socks Yeah’ (75% Merino wool and 25% nylon/polyamide).

Needles & Notions:

3 mm (US 2 1/2) and 2.75 mm (US 2) needles for knitting small to medium circumferences

1 stitch marker

A cable needle (optional)


28 stitches and 30 rounds per 10cm/4in in stranded colourwork, measured after blocking.

30 sts and 44 rounds per 10cm/4in in plain stocking stitch/ stockinette, measured after blocking.

Skills required:

Cast on and cast off

Knitting in the round

Pattern information:

Originally published Feb 2019.

Current version: 

PDF file size: 




This is an instant PDF pattern download, not a finished item. You will receive the files via email as soon as your payment has been processed. If you have a Ravelry account, your pattern will be added to your library.

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This pattern is not currently available in a printed version.

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