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Brenna

By: Neena Delato from parapluiecrafts.com
Updated May 03, 2018
Brenna
Brenna

"Brenna is a beret that begins with a corrugated rib and continues on with interchanging blocks of color throughout the hat. It has a simple color-work repeat for those who are just becoming acquainted with stranded knitting, and elegant results for those who are experts at the technique already and just want to knit a beautiful hat. Increases, decreases, and color-work for the hat are all charted. In total, 7 worsted weight yarns of different colors are used in this hat. Use a mix of different fibers if it suits you. You could even try swapping out a couple of the worsted weights for DK weight. Have fun with it-experiment with color, fiber and the various qualities of your yarns."

You CAN do this. ENJOY! If you have a question about the instructions or the chart, my email is parapluiecrafts@outlook.com

Easy

Knitting Needle Size9 or 5.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Materials List

  • 7 yarns of worsted weight (or a mix of worsted weight with a couple DK weights as well.)
  • US 9 circular needles (US 8 & US 7 optional)
  • US 9 DPN's
  • Tapestry needle

Instructions

My gauge was approximately 6.4 sts. per inch.
>In total, I used 7 yarns of different colors and fibers.
 >I started with US 7 needles, then switched to US 8, then 9. I could have used US 9 the entire time but I was going for a tighter rib so I started with a US 7 and gradually moved up. The finished hat fit snugly (but not too snugly) after being blocked. If you want a looser fitting hat, go up needle sizes.

1. Using US size 7 needles, I casted on 96 sts. in color A. I joined in the round and worked 1 round in color A.

2. I then worked a 1×2 corrugated rib [1 purl in color B x 2 knits in color A] for 1.75“. I switched to US 8 needles 1/3 of the way into the rib, then US 9 needles 2/3 of the way into the rib.

3. When the rib measured 1.75,” I worked as in the colorwork chart provided. Every box that says “purl” was purled in color B.
*Update: Forgot to mention that after the first round of increases (round 2 of chart) I had 120 stitches, and after the next round of increases I had 136 stitches, which is the total worked throughout the chart until the decrease rounds.

4. My hat measured ~6″ when I got to the 1st decrease round. If yours doesn’t, just work a couple more rounds from whatever section of the chart you choose until you’re at approximately 6″ then begin the decreases (explained in step 5)…

5. Starting at round 30, I worked the decrease section of the chart to the end. I’ll walk you through the first decrease round so you understand how the decreases are presented in the chart. On the 30th round, K1 color B, then using color G, SSK the next 2 stitches together (the 2 color A stitches from round 29.) Work the next 12 stitches as shown in chart, then K2TOG in color G. Repeat around the hat. Decreases are worked on rounds 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, and finally one round of only K2TOG’s is worked on round 44.

6. After the chart BO all sts. + weave in ends.

7. And of course, I blocked my hat on an object that would stretch it out to my desired fit. Well, kind of. I couldn’t find a plate that would work for me so I used a container for warm tortillas that didn’t give me exactly what I was going for but still got the job done. Whatever works! You can download the chart for this hat pattern @ parapluiecrafts.com/2018/04/08/brenna/

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