Opari by Ysolda Teague


October 2014
DK (11 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 52 rows = 4 inches
in brioche rib.
US 4 - 3.5 mm
140 - 165 yards (128 - 151 m)
14¼[16, 17¾]" / 35.5[40, 44.5]cm in circumference To fit head circumference of approximately 19[21, 23]" / 47[52, 57]cm
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There’s someone in every knitter’s life who likes their clothes plain and simple, but is pretty fussy about what exactly that means. We’re fairly confident that they’ll like this neat brioche rib beanie. Keep things simple with tonal neutrals or add a bright colour contrast subdued with a neutral main. The contrast colour shown is a barber-pole yarn with one ply that matches the main colour and one darker one. This is an interesting subtle way to tone down contrasting colours.

Directions are given for completely reversible decreases for increased wearability but rearranging the stitches to work these is a bit awkward. Don’t feel like doing that — just follow the alternative simpler decrease directions. You’ll still get a great hat but the decreases won’t be quite as neat on the reverse.


Double knitting or light worsted weight yarn with elasticity and stitch definition.

Shown in Wooly Knit Blue Faced Leicester (100% natural Blue Faced Fleece, 113 yds / 102m, 50g) in MC — Mid Brown and

CC — Brown / Black

MC: 80[85, 95] yds / 73[78, 87]m

CC: 60[65, 70] yds / 55[59, 64]m


Size 4 US / 3.5mm 16” / 40cm circular and dpns or long circular for preferred method of working small circumferences in the rnd


Stitch markers, darning needle, cable needle


18 sts and 52 rounds = 4” / 10cm in brioche rib

36 sts and 28 rounds = 4” / 10cm in 2x2 ribbing


14¼[16, 17¾]“ / 35.5[40, 44.5]cm in circumference

To fit head circumference of approximately 19[21, 23]“ / 47[52, 57]cm

Technique Thursday - Long-tail tubular cast on
Technique Thursday - Brioche rib double decreases