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Twice-exceptional, 2e, students are more often than not profoundly misunderstood.  It is not widely known that a student who is identified as gifted can also have a special need or disability.  In the best of circumstances, the gift will mask the disability, and 2e students can “skate by” by compensating with their area of strength.  Too often, the opposite is true, and the disability or learning difference masks the gift.  The student may be labeled as a “behavior problem,” or the focus will be placed on helping with the disability, but no attention will be paid to the advanced academic needs of the 2e student.  Boredom can lead to anxiety and a long list of other issues.


According to NAGC, the National Association for Gifted Children, 2e students “can be highly creative, verbal, imaginative, curious, with strong problem-solving ability, and a wide range of interests or a single, all-consuming expertise. However, at school, they may have difficulty keeping up with course rigor, volume, and demands--resulting in inconsistent academic performance, frustration, difficulties with written expression, and labels such as lazy, unmotivated, and underachiever. All this may hinder their excitement for school and be detrimental to their self-efficacy, self-confidence, and motivation.


2e students are bright, quirky, asynchronous, and often neurodiverse.  They may have ASD, ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, or one or more of several other disabilities.  They often require an Individualized Education Program, or IEP.  They benefit from classes that are grouped by ability, and they do best with meaningful, rather than rote, work. 


I designed this beanie to build awareness of the 2e community.  My hope is that as more people understand what it means to be 2e, that there will be greater acceptance of these wonderful, bright, quirky, unique students and an understanding of how much creativity they bring to the table.

2e Awareness Hat Knit Pattern

  • Skills: Knit, purl, knit two together, slip slip knit, fair isle, catching floats, knit front and back, chart reading

    Sizes Included:

    One size.  Hat circumference 21” / 53.5 cm.  Designed with 2” (5cm) of negative ease, to fit up to a 23” / 58.5 cm . Adjust size by going up or down a needle size.


    • Needles: One pair 16” (40 cm) US Size 1 (2.25 mm) circular needles, one set US Size 1 (2.25 mm) double-pointed needles
    • Fingering-weight yarn in 8 colors
    • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
    • Ruler to measure gauge
    • Stitch marker

    Yarn Requirements:

    Color A: Marina 56 yards (51.25 meters)

    Color B: Navy 37 yards (33.75 meters)

    Color C: Canary 51 yards (46.5 meters)

    Color D: Hollyberry 37 yards (33.75 meters)

    Color E: Peapod  23 yards (21 meters)

    Color F: Cosmopolitan 23 yards (21 meters)

    Color G: Eggplant 19 yards (17.5 meters)

    Color H: Douglas Fir 28 yards (25.5 meters)

    Recommended Yarn:

    Knit Picks Palette 100% Peruvian Highland Wool or other fingering-weight non-superwash wool.


    Gauge was measured after blocking.

    36 stitches and 43.25 rows over 4 inches/ 10 cm in stockinette stitch.

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