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“Teenaa te mana o Rehua”.
Behold the greatness of Rehua. Maori proverb, quoted by chiefs when making gifts.

Rehua is the god of kindness, a star god linked to the star Antares. He is one of the oldest and ancient Maori deities, who dispersed gloom and sorrow from the minds of men.

As a Giver Fibre Muse, Rehua would be one of your Muses. As a soul who knits as a form of selflessness, you know all too well the magical and healing power of giving someone a thoughtful gift. Who do you see this winter season who needs you to disperse gloom and sorrow from their minds? Atawhai (Te Reo Maori for kindness) is a quick colorwork project with a cozy double folded brim that makes for a lovely little gift for a loved one. The sample was knit up in a classic grey + white combo, but the color combo can easily be personalized towards the recipient of the gift (do they have a favorite football team? Or alma mater school colors?). These customizations add in extra thoughtfulness that really makes the recipient feel loved.


  • 130 - 145 yd./120 - 130 m in MC yarn, 45 - 55 yd./40 - 50 m in BC yarn.
  • Aran/10-ply
  • Woolfolk TOV has incredibly even and crisp stitch definition, which really allows the colorwork to shine and the ribbing around the brim to appear very neat.
  • Woolfolk TOV (100% Ovis 21 Extra Fine Merino Wool; 173 yd./158 m; 100 g). 1 skein in T0, 1 skein in T1


US 8 (5 mm) and US 9 (5.5 mm) size or size needed to obtain gauge, circular needle, and double- pointed needles or magic loop needle for the crown.


18 sts and 22 rnds over 4 in./10 cm in St. st Colorwork pattern with US 9 (5.5 mm) and after blocking.


  • Stitch markers
  • Darning/tapestry needle


  • Circumference 20 in./51 cm, Depth 13.5 in./34 cm
  • To fit a 22 in./56 cm head.

This pattern has been tech edited and test knit to ensure that the pattern is as clear, correct and consistent as it can be. However small details can still slip us by so if you have a pattern support question, send an email to fdanoy@arohaknits.comand we’ll get back to you within 24-48 hours.
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