Quinque by Alla Saenko


February 2018
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 52 rows = 4 inches
in hat's body stitch pattern, unstretched
US 6 - 4.0 mm
175 - 208 yards (160 - 190 m)
one size, adult
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Quinque hat is a lighter version of my Araucaria hat that was designed in my further attempt to explore the brioche stitch and its endless possibilities. The hat is knit bottom up in the round on circular or/and double pointed needles. This attractive textural rib stitch pattern is based on the same principles as the brioche knitting, and whether you are familiar or not with brioche knitting, you will find this stitch quite easy to knit. Furthermore, the same as its famous cousin, the 2-colour classic brioche stitch, it can be knit in two colours adding even more dimension and interest to the finished look.

The sample is knit in a single colour, but the instruction is provided to make a 2-colour version. Also, the hat can be knit in dk or worsted weight yarn; the gauge and yardage are given for each yarn weight.

The pattern instruction has both a chart and a wholly written instruction.

Yarn weights: dk / worsted

Finished Measurements
(unstretched, at the widest part)
circumference: 45 / 47.5 cm (18 / 19 inches);
height (from cast on edge to crown): 23 cm (9 inches)

(in hat’s body stitch pattern, unstretched);
20 / 19 sts x 52 / 44 rounds
over 10x10 cm (4x4 inches)

Yardage required
190 / 160 meters (208 / 175 yards)

Skill level
Intermediate; you need to be familiar with principles of brioche knitting and Italian cast-on.