Bernat Viva in Rust The Perfect Thanksgiving Yarn Option

Bernat Viva in Rust is Warm and Beautiful

Bernat Viva in Rust

While on a dangerous trip through the yarn aisle in Walmart I found the perfect yarn for an EASY Thanksgiving slouchy hat. I picked it for the colors only to find out all the other awesome features of this yarn. The Bernat Viva in Rust is lovely.

Then I figured that as long as I tell you about the yarn I should give you the easy slouchy pattern. But lets start with the yarn.

The Bernat Viva in Rust: Characteristics and Specification

Bernat Viva in RustAccording to Amazon


Weight category: 6. This super bulky weight yarn is perfect for all your knitting and crocheting projects!

Content: 82% acrylic/18% nylon.

Put-up: 3.5oz/100g 85yd/77m.

Gauge: 11sx15r = 4in/10cm on size US11/8mm knitting needles.

Suggested crochet hook size L11/8mm.

Dye-lotted: we try but are not always able to match dye lots.

Care: machine wash dry low do not bleach do not iron do not dry clean. Comes in a variety of colors. Each sold separately. Imported.


According to Me



It’s Super Bulky – says 6 but it’s more like a 5

Great Colors – Especially this Autumn spectrum of colors

Warm: It’s a type of Mohair yarn – Feels both thick and light

Interwoven strings:  It appears that part of the design is a very thin thread that is woven into the yarn and gives is a sort of round shape. Really interesting and reminds my of Ice Yarn

Looks Felted: When you finish you project – it will look felted – without have to go through the process



Feels a bit scratching – nothing major – has a remedy called softener and the dryer


Pattern: Seed Stitch Brimless Hat



Bernat Viva in Rust



Pattern is FREE on the website. To Purchase a Printable PDF: Click HERE




Loom: Extra Large Loom – I used the Yellow Knifty Knitter 41-peg loom.

Yarn: Bernat Viva Yarn in Rust 85 yards

Hook: Any loom knitting hook




Wrap all your pegs. Knit 1 row of U-wrap or do the Chain Cast-on



You will be knitting the Seed Stitch

Row 1: Knit 1, Purl 1 until the last 2 stitches, Knit 2

Row 2: Purl 1, Knit 1  until the last 2 stitches, Purl 2

Rows 3 – 50:  Repeat rows 1 and 2



I used the Gathered Method – But for a Flat Top use the Decreased Crown



VERY IMPORTANT: Tighten the Loose Loops on your Cast-on

Cut excess yarn and weave-in your ends

Stretch out your fabric.

Block your hat


Comments: 14

  1. Karen December 14, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Hi Denise, just want to confirm that the last 2 stitches of each row should be the same for 41-peg loom? For Row1 this would be 3 Knits and Row2 would be 3 Purls. Or is the double up just for the 40-peg loom?

    • Denise Canela December 15, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      Karen, to help you see the pattern better – put little rubber bands every other peg

  2. Karen December 14, 2015 at 1:31 am

    Why are there 2 of the same stitches at the end of each row? With a 41 peg loom it would be 3 of the same stitches? Thanks

    • Denise Canela December 15, 2015 at 9:09 pm

      Yes Karen it’s the same 2 stitches on a 41 peg loom – That is the loom I used

  3. Shannon November 20, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Where do you buy the peg markers? Can’t wait to try this pattern and I love the look of this yarn. I do a lot of my buying online so I really appreciate your reviews.

  4. Debra November 20, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    for the bernat viva did you use a uknit or an ew for the k1,p1? also, the label does not seem to indicate if a dryer can be used; what do u think? thanks

    • Denise Canela November 20, 2015 at 5:44 pm

      THANK you for the question – forgot to add that – It’s a Uwrap… and I would use the dryer even if the label said I could but according to Amazon it does say hand wash and lay flat to dry

  5. Barb Rigdon November 20, 2015 at 10:06 am

    What do you mean when you say block your hat? Thanks

    • Denise Canela November 20, 2015 at 11:54 am

      Hi Barb, Here is an easy video that shows you how to block your knits: Click HERE

      • Kelly November 28, 2015 at 12:12 pm

        This is the first time I’ve seen you mention blocking. Do you do this on every project?

        • Denise Canela November 28, 2015 at 1:01 pm

          Hi Kelly, no – actually I usually don’t block my knits – have decided to start adding this to my patterns – to helps folks get accustom to the term and the practice

        • Barb Rigdon November 28, 2015 at 1:27 pm

          I have never did any blocking yet. Just wondered how it worked and why you do it. Thanks

          • Denise Canela December 3, 2015 at 6:28 am

            Hi Barb, I don’t always block my knits only when I want the stitches to show up better or need help with shaping – some people block everything – not enough time in life for me right now – maybe in the future.

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