The Fitzgerald Bricks Hat is named for Richard Fitzgerald, a brickmaker and African American business leader in the early days of Durham, NC. His bricks went into the construction of many famous buildings in the town, including Emmanuel Church and an office building still standing on Kent Street, as well as the Erwin Cotton Mills, now owned by Duke University. The mosaic structure of the hat lays like brickwork: the commercial yarn is the mortar, holding together the rich shades of the hand-spun yarn, row upon row.
Designer : Sarah Sipe
Materials: [MC] 100 yds solid colored commercial worsted weight yarn OR 2 oz [55g] solid colored worsted weight wool yarn
[CC] 2 oz [55g] chain-plied gradient worsted weight wool yarn
Yarn Details: [MC] 1 ball Berocco Ultra Alpaca 6211 Duncan (215 yds/198m per 3.5oz/100g, 50% alpaca 50% wool); [CC] hand-spun Merino wool, from roving by Yarn Hollow, Cinnabar and Sandalwood, 200 yds in 3.5 oz [100g; plied angle twist: 28.4 degrees S-twist; 10 WPI, spun worsted and chain-plied. Commercial example: [MC] 1 ball Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend 3120 Olivewood (150 yds/137m per 1.76oz/50g, 70% merino wool, 30% silk); [CC] 1 ball Berroco Ultra Alpaca 6211 Duncan (215 yds/198m per 3.5oz/100g, 50% alpaca 50% wool)
Needles: US5 [3.5mm] and US7 [4.5mm] to suit your preferred method of knitting in the round (or size needed to match gauge).
Gauge: 5 stitches and 7 rows per 1” [2.5cm] square in stockinette on size US7 [4.5mm] needle.
Finished size: Medium 21-inch [53cm] head (Large 23.5 inch [60cm] head), shown in size M on a 21.5 inch [54cm] circumference head.
Other: Tapestry needle, stitch marker
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