Fayne is a knitter’s take on a favorite print: plaid! Named after Nancy Drew’s short-haired sidekick, Fayne is a fetching plaid beret that’s a little bit retro and a little bit traditional.
Because plaid isn’t usually very knitting friendly, Fayne plays a little trick on the eye to resemble plaid while sticking to two colors per row, with no fussy intarsia, duplicate stitch, or crochet needed. It’s an enjoyable, unique knit, and the result looks much more complicated than it is!
1 skein of Quince & Co. Chickadee (181yd / 166m per 50g skein) in the following 4 colors:
- Cypress (dark green)
- Snap Pea (light green)
- Winesap (red)
- Bare or Egret (undyed)
Try not to pick a completely smooth yarn. Cotton, acrylic and smooth superwash yarns are not good options for Fayne. If you have a hard time wearing wooly yarns, consider knitting the ribbing only in something softer or more smooth, since that’s the part of the hat that will touch your skin (and not just your hair). Then switch to a woolier yarn for the colorwork.
2.75mm (US 2) circular needles
3.00mm (US 2.5) circular needles
14 stitch markers
28 sts / 30 rounds = 4” / 10 cm in stranded st st using 3.00mm (US 2.5) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
One size, however there are two cast on options for tighter or looser ribbing, as preferred (especially useful if your yarn doesn’t contract or keep its shape well in 1x1 ribbing). Larger cast on will stretch to comfortably fit head circumferences up to 24” / 61cm. If a slightly larger or smaller size is desired, simply go up or down a needle size from needles that give you correct gauge.