Kusa

Knitting
May 2018
Eden Valley Biodynamic Farm Plant Dyed Knitting Wool
DK (11 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches
in Grass Stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
71 - 241 yards (65 - 220 m)
(12 1/4, 14 1/2, 17) (18 1/4, 19 1/2, 22) in / (30.5, 36.5, 42.5) (45.5, 48.5, 55) cm
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草 | Kusa : Japanese for grass, herb; as in grassland or savannah.

Taking inspiration from windrows etched across sweeping savannah lands, this design draws an elongated motif through the fitted brim to the crown. The articulation of detail is finely rendered in Kusa for a quickly learnt pattern repeat with an outstanding result.

Construction Notes
The hat suggests a Long Tail Cast On. Hat uses a Rib and Grass Stitch brim then worked in the round in Grass Stitch pattern through the body of the hat. The crown is shaped with decreasing stitches whilst continuing the Grass Stitch detail.
Pattern details Grass Stitch Pattern and Grass Stitch Pattern with Ribbing; 6 hat sizes and an optional Quick Pompom technique to top the Newborn + Baby hats.
Slip Markers as you encounter them.

Size
Nominally (Newborn, Baby, Child) (Adult S, Adult M, Adult L)
Finished size: (12 1/4, 14 1/2, 17) (18 1/4, 19 1/2, 22) in / (30.5, 36.5, 42.5) (45.5, 48.5, 55) cm to fit approx. head circumference.

Model wears Size Adult M with head circumference = 22 in / 56cm

Yarn
Model A Hat
Eden Valley Biodynamic Farm Plant Dyed Knitting Wool: 226m / 100g
Colour Hibiscus (shown here as yellow).
Skeins required: (1, 1, 1) (1, 1, 1)
or
(65, 73, 153) (175, 196, 234) yds / (60, 85, 140) (160, 180, 215) m of DK / 8ply Weight Yarn

Model B Hat
The Yarn Collective Bloomsbury DK 100% Merino: 240m / 263 yds / 100g
Colour Soot 101 (shown here as dark grey).
Skeins required: (1, 1, 1) (1, 1, 1)
or
(65, 73, 153) (175, 196, 234) yds / (60, 85, 140) (160, 180, 215) m of DK / 8ply Weight Yarn

Model C Hat (Baby)
Swans Island Organic Washable DK 100% Merino: 128m / 140 yrds / 50g
Colour Dove 105 (shown here as light grey).
Skeins Required: (1, 1, 2) (2, 2, 2)
or
(65, 73, 153) (175, 196, 234) yds / (60, 85, 140) (160, 180, 215) m of DK / 8ply Weight Yarn

Needle
3.75mm (US5) circular needle, 16 in / 40cm or longer for cast on and Brim
4.0mm (US6) circular needle, 16 in / 40cm or longer for Body of Hat
4.0mm (US6) dpns, optional/if preferred for Body of Hat and/or crown shaping

Other
1 Stitch Marker (BOR Marker)
Tapestry needle

Gauge
23 stitches and 33 rows in 4in / 10cm in Grass Stitch Pattern on larger needles, washed and blocked flat

Skill Level
Advanced Beginner to Intermediate