These are the last 2 hats I needed to knit to fill my charity box. I used yarn that Joanne of the Cup On The Bus blog donated to me. The yarn was approximately 4 or 5 ply and I knitted with 2 strands held together as this is an Aran pattern. One of the yarns was dark and beautifully soft and the other was pale and a bit rougher. Together they made 2 very strong and warm children's hats which will be going off to Operation Orphan very soon.
I found this pattern on Ravelry here. I have knitted it many times and it has become a firm favourite. I had just enough of the paler yarn to knit the youth size and then the child's size hat. The small amount left over will just about make a stripe in a jumper or hat. I never waste anything!!