Brig by Veronik Avery


July 2013
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in 2x2 Ribbing
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
340 - 380 yards (311 - 347 m)
Scarf: approximately 8¾" at widest part; 5½" at narrowest point; and 38" long; Hat: 21 (22, 22¾)" finished circumference; 7 (8¼, 8½)" total length
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“One of the earliest knitted items I have ever made was a black ribbed hat for my husband, Marcel. More than 10 years later, he still wears it – and reports that many of his friends have asked for its provenance.

This type of hat is known as a seaman’s hat; the accompanying scarf is also inspired by seamen’s scarves and is meant to function as a tidy layer to be worn under peacoats or sweaters. As it is not meant to loop around the neck as longer scarves do, it is almost as quick a knit as the hat.“ – Véronik Avery


  • Scarf is worked in two halves and joined using Kitchener stitch.
  • Hat is worked in the round from brim to crown.

Approximately 340 (365, 380) yards of worsted weight weight wool yarn (for both items)
3 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 140 yards/50 g)
Note: The scarf is readily knit with 2 skeins of Shelter, but the hat pushes the limit of a single skein. If making the hat only, you will require 2 skeins.
Shelter sample photographed in color Meteorite

Potential yarn substitutes include Imbue Worsted. Note that put-ups (yardage per skein) may be different for alternate yarn lines, so check your total yardage for your size.

  • Imbue Worsted sample photographed in color Lantern

19 stitches & 28 rows = 4” in 2x2 Ribbing with Size A Needles, slightly stretched after blocking

Size A (for Scarf and Hat):
One pair of straight needles, one 16” circular needle, and one set of 5 double pointed needles (DPN) in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)

Size B (for Tubular Cast On):
One 16” circular needle, one size smaller than Size A needle(s)
Suggested Size: 4 mm (US 6)

Scarf: approximately 8¾“ at widest part; 5½” at narrowest point; and 38” long
Hat: 21 (22, 22¾)“ finished circumference; 7 (8¼, 8½)” total length

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