Purple Hat in Blackberry Stitch, In the Round

  

I saw this hat on Pinterest (shown on the right) and decided to try to make it without buying a pattern. I cast on 96 stitches in worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles, then knit a 1×1 rib for about six inches, then knit blackberry stitch for about seven inches, then decreased and topped it with a Pom Pom. It’s super cute, but I did the decrease in stockinette which I don’t love.

I’d like to try it again and figure out a more attractive decrease. 

Here’s how to knit blackberry stitch, aka trinity stitch, in the round:

The stitch is knit in multiples of four stitches. Knit in multiples of four rows until your desired length is reached. 

Row 1: Loosely purl all stitches. 

Row 2: *k3tog, (p1, k1, p1) into the next stitch; rep from * to end.

Row 3: Loosely purl all stitches.

Row 4: *(p1, k1, p1) into the next stitch, k3tog; rep from * to end.

While knitting in blackberry and/or trinity stitch, it is helpful to keep the 1st and 3rd rows — the purl rows — much looser than you normally knit. Why? Because knitting three stitches together on the front-facing side is tricky enough to give you hand cramps. I repeatedly had to stop and shove my needle through that third loop, and several times I thought I would break the yarn. I didn’t though, and this was a remarkably satisfying knit because the little bobs of yarn – the blackberries – give you so much texture.

My daughter thinks it’s cute and loves the purple. My dog doesn’t love the gentle leader leash, but it’s good for her. Win-win all around. And it helps to have adorable models. 

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