Bear Necessity by Jennifer Shiels Toland

Bear Necessity

February 2018
Sport (12 wpi) ?
23.5 stitches and 56 rows = 4 inches
in Fisherman's rib, fabric not stretched and lightly blocked
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
132 - 171 yards (121 - 156 m)
2 sizes: Small, Medium - Large (See size information below).
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BearNecessity_v1.2 update on February 14th 2020. This version of the pattern now includes a link to a video tutorial to show you how to do the Fishermen’s rib Rsldec instruction.

The Bear Necessity was knit for my little cub, after our giant puppy ate his way through most of our most treasured knitwear.

This fisherman’s rib beanie gently introduces you to knitting the fisherman’s rib using one solid colour and then two colours. It is knit in the round using the super sumptuous Nua yarn from Carol Feller. The crown is decreased using simple slanting decrease stitches borrowed from Brioche knitting techniques, to create a stylish finish to the crown. It is completely reversible and can be worn with or without a pom - I leave it to you.

There are two sizes. Small, and medium – large, for your little cubs and big bears! These are based on adult head sizes. The fisherman’s rib is quite stretchy, and as such, the medium to large actually fits the giant papa bear (husband - LOL!) very snuggly. Both hat sizes can actually be made from just 2 skeins: one size using the pattern and colours as stated, and the other, mixing up the remaining yarns to create your own colour combination.
Have fun!
Errata - March 12th 2018.

A typo was found in Rsldec, under the Special Abbreviations section.

The last instruction of Rsldec has been corrected to read - “Place stitch back onto RH needle.” , and not LH needle, as the pattern previously stated.
A new file (Bear_Necessity_v1.1) was uploaded to Ravelry on March 12th, 2018.

Sizes: Small (Medium - Large)
Finished Height: 19 (21.5)cm / 7.5 (8.5)”
Finished Circumference: 43 (47)cm / 17(18.5)” at widest point, fabric not stretched, and lightly blocked.

Carol Feller, Nua (50g, 140m/ 153yds). This is a Sport weight yarn.

Small Size:
Bare Necessities (MC) 26g – 73m/ 80yds.
Unexpected Macaw (CC) 17g - 48m/ 52yds.
Medium – Large Size:
Unexpected Macaw (MC) 36g - 101m/ 111yds.
Bare Necessities (CC) 20g - 56m/ 68yds.

3.5mm/US 4 and 4mm/US 6 Double pointed needles or equivalent 40cm / 16” circular needle. Adjust needle size as necessary to match gauge, noting that the larger of the two needles should be 0.5mm / 2 US needle sizes larger than the smaller when gauge is met.
Stitch Markers
Cable Stitch Holder
Tapestry/Darning needle

23.5 sts x 56 rows = 10 x 10 cm/ 4 x 4” in fisherman’s rib pattern, not stretched, and lightly blocked.

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