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After knitting the five color photo sample for Field Guide No. 23: Glow, I wanted to see the bones of the color work more clearly by knitting a Setesdal Hat in two colors of Norwegian Wool

Lounge knitters Memaw (Cappucino and Daphne), Decourtney (Coastal Fjord and Vanilla Custard), and Sallygtx (Red Velvet and Frost Pink) also chose two-color Setesdal Hats.

Keeping an eye on the Setesdal Hat KAL in the Lounge, I noticed several other knitters had the same idea. Great minds!

Here’s Ann’s two-color Setesdal in Cloud Dancer and Peat.

My Mods

Main Color (MC) Peat and Contrast Color (CC) Wind Chime

My own version begins with a deeper 12 round ribbing, this suits my head and covers my ears more snugly while also covering and holding my twisty bun. 

To adapt the chart for 2 colors, use the MC for shades A and D and the CC for shades B, C and E:

  • Rounds 1–5  Work A in the MC, work B in the CC
  • Rounds 6–11 Work D in the MC, work C in the CC
  • Rounds 12–16 Work E in the CC
  • Rounds 17–22 Work  as 6–11
  • Rounds 23–27 Work  as 1–6
  • Rounds 28–38 Work A in the MC, work C in the CC. 

I worked one more round of MC, before shaping the top, and I swapped out the mirrored decrease for a Center Double Decrease.

To work a Center Double Decrease, slip 2 stitches as if to K2tog, knit 1, pass the 2 slipped stitches over.

This technique creates spines that lead to the 4 stitch I-cord, shown here knit long enough to tie with an overhand knot.  

Following the pattern for the marker set up, then

Decrease: *Knit to 2 stitches before marker, remove the marker, CDD, place the marker; repeat from * to the end, and include a decrease at the BOR marker.

8 stitches have been decreased. 

Knit one round.

Repeat the decrease every other round 12 more times, changing to DPNs when necessary. 8 stitches remain.

Knit one round. (For a flat, plain top, thread the tail through live stitches, pull tight, fasten off, and you’re done.)

For the embellished top, set up for the I-cord by K2tog four times.  4 stitches remain.

To work I-cord: *Slip all stitches to the other end of your needle. Knit across all stitches.*

Work the I-cord to your desired length, then fasten off and knot!

But, wait, there’s more.

For a delightful difference, I added a few cross stitches with leftover bits of that sunny yellow, Gold Nugget. I tied off each and every X on the inside.

Tiny crosses over single stitches at the top for extra cuteness. You could also use Duplicate Stitch.

Note: When knit to gauge, there will be enough of the CC remaining to make a second hat, but another ball (or different shade) of the MC will be required.

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About The Author

A passionate perpetual knitter, published designer and enthusiastic teacher, Nell Ziroli continues to be inspired by luminaries and students alike. See all her designs here.


  • I love it! Especially the embroidery!

    • Thanks, Gina!

  • Thank you, Nell! Saved and added to my (very, very lengthy) list for the next cast on. The hints of yellow added cross-stitches are perfection 🙂

    • Love the two color hats. And I really love the addition of the cross stitches. It’s amazing what that little bit of gold does!

      • My thoughts exactly.

    • ☀️
      Thanks Jenn!

  • Inspirational!! I like the idea of exploring the bones of the pattern.

    • xo ML. Always explore the bones…

  • I started this hat 3 times but I really didn’t like the ribbing, did you use the pattern ribbing or one by one, two by two???

  • Thank you for giving permission to make A pattern your own!

  • Very clever! Love checking out your work and ideas to make a pattern your own!

  • Completely fascinating to see this as a two color creation! AND I agree with so many people here that the gold embroidery makes it sing. What fun you are, Nell! Thank you for this.

  • I’m planning to make a 2 (or 3) color hat for my hubby, now that I’ve finished two in the five colors. Plenty of leftover yarn, and I LOVE Nell’s addition of the little crosses. I added some duplicate stitch (first time ever) to my first Setasdal hat, adding color E to the center of the crosses at the top of the chart, and I really like how it came out. But I also like the way you made the little ‘x’s and tied each one off on the inside. Your hat and notes are inspirational – thank you so much, Nell!

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