Shear by Emily Greene


July 2018
DK (11 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in 1x2 Ribbing with Size A needle, unstretched after blocking
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 0 - 2.0 mm
157 - 201 yards (144 - 184 m)
17¼" [44 cm] circumference to comfortably fit head sizes 20-24" (51-61 cm); 8½ (10¾)" [21.5 (27) cm] length
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Glacial striations and ancient cliff facings are echoed in the textural patterning of the Shear hat, making for an organic renditioning of the classic ribbed beanie. This unisex style features a striking pattern of unbalanced ribbing and diagonal texture made up of knits, purls, and simple decreases. Both charted and written instructions are accessible for beginning knitters, and engaging for those more experienced. Choose your favorite of Arbor’s myriad colorways for this splendidly swift project.


Hat is worked circularly from the brim to the crown.


  • 2 skeins Brooklyn Tweed Arbor (100% American Targhee Wool; 145 yards/50 grams)
  • Beanie photographed in colors Arabesque and Norway; Watchcap photographed in Lovat and Mesa


  • 157 (201) total yards of DK weight wool yarn


  • 28 stitches & 34 rows = 4″ in 1×2 Ribbing with Size A needle, unstretched after blocking


Size A (for Main Fabric)

  • One 16″ circular and one set of double-pointed needles* in size needed to obtain gauge listed
  • Suggested Size: 3¼ mm (US 3)

Size B (for Turning Round, Watchcap Only)

  • One 16″ circular needle*, 3 sizes smaller than Size A
  • Suggested Size: 2 mm (US 0)

* 32” circular needle can be used instead of 16” circular if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round.

Finished Dimensions

  • 17¼" [44 cm] circumference to comfortably fit average adult head sizes 20-24" [51-61 cm]; 8½ (10¾)" [21.5 (27) cm] length

Measurements taken from relaxed fabric after blocking

Skill Level

  • 2 out of 5

Please note, the stitch patterns in this garment are both charted and written.