Bramble Birds by Sara Huntington Burch
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Bramble Birds

Knitting
January 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
38 stitches and 35 rows = 4 inches
in stranded cable pattern
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
250 - 300 yards (229 - 274 m)
One size, to fit approximately 20”– 22” (53–55 cm) head circumference
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This bramble is made of stranded cables with chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, and wrens peeking between the tangled branches. This hat combines stranded knitting with cabling, a technique which is not as hard as it looks and gives stunning results. Knit out of fingering weight, the combination of stranding and cables makes this hat perfect for keeping warm on chilly fall days.

SIZES
One size, to fit approximately 20”– 22” (53–55 cm) head circumference
Hat final dimensions: brim 19” (48 cm) in circumference, body 21.5” (54.6 cm) in circumference; 9” (22.8 cm) tall.

MATERIALS
Approximately 180 yds (165 m) main color (MC) and 120 yds (110 m) contrasting color (CC) of appropriate fingering-weight yarn
(Sample shown using 2 skeins of Malabrigo Mechita, colorways Sand Bank MC and Teal Feather CC)

US 2/2.75 mm 16 inch (40 cm) circular needle
US 4/3.5 mm 16 inch (40 cm) circular needle (or size needed to obtain gauge)
US 4/3.5 mm double pointed needles
2 cable needles
Stitch marker
Yarn needle

GAUGE
35 sts x 35 rows in 4” (10 cm) in stranded cable pattern using larger needle blocked
38 sts x 35 rows in 4” (10 cm) in stranded cable pattern using larger needle unblocked
(Each repeat of the chart is approximately 5.4” 13.7 cm in width after blocking)

NOTE: This pattern requires the use of charts.