The Kumara, also known as the sweet potato, served as a common food source for the Maori before the arrival of the Europeans. The Maori showed respect to the plant in their textile arts and crafts, through a simple geometric motif pattern resembling the leaves of this potato plant, called “rau kumara”.
This is a simple, uncomplicated hat, knit bottom-up, featuring the rau kumara motif on the body.
Yarns Used: mYAK Baby Yak Medium (Worsted, 100% Yak1, 125 yards/50 grams). 1 skein in Midnight Blue (CC) and 1 skein in Day Dream (MC).
Needle: US7 (4.5mm) and US8 (5mm) 16” (40cm) circular needles, US8 (5mm) DPNs or size to obtain gauge.
Yardage: 250 yards (229 meters).
Gauge: 20 sts and 26 rows = 4” (10cm) in St. st (after blocking).
Other Notions: Darning needle, stitch marker.
Final Measurements: A: 20 inches (51cm), B: 11 inches (28cm).