Brangien Hat by Karen Robinson

Brangien Hat

February 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in Double Moss Stitch
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
300 yards (274 m)
one size (22" x 8")
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Do you have a skein of sock yarn in your stash that you’re not sure what to do with? Maybe you enjoy making socks, but you either need a break from socks or feel that this particular skein just isn’t meant to be a pair of socks. You’ve asked other people what you should do with this skein of yarn and they suggest a shawl, but you’re not sure that you’re a shawl person. Have you thought about trying a hat? This hat pattern is designed for you to show off that special skein of yarn and make it into something useful and wearable.

Construction and Size
This hat features a cable panel with the rest of the hat in a textured moss stitch. The fit should be just a little loose, not truly slouchy but not tight either. The hat is knit in the round on circular needles in a fingering weight yarn (a solid or semi-solid is recommended). Pattern includes both written directions for all stitch patterns as well as charts for the cable panel.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Skills needed: knitting in the round, working cables

US 2 (2.75 mm) 16” (40 cm) circular needle
US 3 (3.25 mm) 16” (40 cm) circular needle
US 3 (3.25 mm) double pointed needles
3 stitch markers (2 matching, 1 different)
Cable needle

Thank you to my test knitters (megknitsalot, ftmhling, dambird, CrazierThanMyCat, Angele) and tech editor (kwunder) who provided valuable feedback.

December 20, 2015: If you have version 1 or 2, make note of the following corrections:

  • Brim of Hat set-up round note added to end: This round uses Round 1 of the Double Moss Stitch, so the Body of Hat section starts with Round 2 of Double Moss.
  • For the end of the Body of Hat section, it should read “you’ll have just finished round 1 of the Double Moss Stitch pattern”

About the Name
Brangien (whose name is spelled in many different ways) is a character in the Tristan and Isolde story, which is a rather tragic love story. Brangien is the handmaid (and friend) of Isolde, who has been promised to King Mark. Isolde’s mother wants her daughter to be happy in her marriage, so she brews a love potion for Isolde and Mark to take so their marriage will be a love match (as well as the political match that it truly is). Brangien is entrusted with the potion.

Tristan, Mark’s nephew, has come to take Isolde to her future husband and home. On the ship, Tristan and Isolde find the potion and, not knowing what it is, drink it and thus fall madly in love. Needless to say, Isolde now would not be a virgin on her wedding night to Mark.

So Brangien (who is still a virgin) steps in and takes Isolde’s place on the wedding night so Mark does not find out Isolde is not a virgin and Isolde can remain honorable (or at least appear to remain honorable since she and Tristan continue their love affair, which ends in unhappiness for everyone involved).

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