Sternanis by Katrin Schubert


November 2016
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in brioche knitting
US 4 - 3.5 mm
200 - 220 yards (183 - 201 m)
One size (M)
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STERNANIS is the German word for star anise. To be honest, the combination of brown and yellow reminds me on my childhood, when I was dressed in yellow, brown and orange striped long sleeved shirts or short skirts. Still it´s my favorite color choice in November, when there is so little sun light around here.

The STERNANIS hat has no brim, is very stretchy and well-fitting at the same time.

I really would love to make you trying brioche knitting. So I have attempted to keep the pattern simple, based on the basic brioche stitches, increases and decreases. Although it looks like cabled stitches, there is no need for a cable needle. You can do it, knitters!

I have raveled the crown two times, trying to find a neat solution without “br4stdec”, which is rather tricky for many knitters and probably it makes them giving up … after all, it was worth it! In reward a little star appeared in the crown! You can also wear it inside out, the pattern is reversible.

The hat can be knit in multiple sizes only by changing needle size and gauge; Block the finished cap over a steep-sided bowl or other head-shaped form to smooth the crown.

One size (adult)
16,5” / 42 cm
to fit head circumference 20,5” / 52cm

8,5” / 22cm

Altogether 220 yards / 200m of DK weight yarn for the medium size (M).
Shown brown/yellow hat (M) was knit with Fyberspates Vivacious DK (100% Merino, 252 yards/ 4.06 ounces, 230m /115g) in Silver and Bronze (MC) and Sunshine (CC).

Shown gray / red hat (M) was knit with Wollmeise Merino DK (8ply, 100% Merino, 468 yards/ 200 grams, 428m /200g) in Feldmäuschen (MC) and Ruby Thursday (CC).

Size 4 US / 3,5mm 16” / 40cm circular and dpns or long circular for preferred method of working small circumferences in the rnd

darning needle for weaving in Ends

20 sts, 24 rounds = 4” / 10cm in blocked brioche stitch

cast on, k, p, Brk, Brp, brRsldec, brLsldec, brkyobrk, br4stinc