Smitten

Aaaaand here’s the rest of it.  As always, I like to clip it up and try it on to check the height.

I feel like brioche grows just a tiny bit more than most knit fabrics, so I’ll err on the side of ever so slightly shorter if I have to, but I also like my hats awfully tall, so not too short (yeah, I know, not super helpful, sorry about that, I think you just really have to try it on and see what you like best).

And the decreases are, of course, adorable.

As is the finished hat!

Now, the inside looks a bit chaotic here, but when it’s stretched (aka when it’s on my head), it looks grand.  I’ll get it on one of the head forms at some point and show it off properly.

This is before it’s blocked and before it gets proper photos, but I confess I’m smitten with it.  If you’re similarly smitten, you can do that mailing list thing and I’ll let you know when it’s out.

Overcome

I was overcome earlier this week.  Some yarn winked at me.  I found myself unable to resist.  And before I knew it, there was a whole new hat in the world.

This might well be my personal record holder for speed knitting.

I cast on Monday night and cast off Tuesday night.  It was less than 24 hours from cast on to bind off (I mean, it took it a bit longer than that to dry after I blocked it…but I’m totally saying drying time doesn’t count).  This is what happens when you’re home alone, have a shiny new audio book, and use really bulky yarn.

Like most brioche, it looks awfully nifty on the inside and the outside.

And like most hats, I secretly wish I’d been more stoic and knit the brim about 5 inches deep so I could cuff it.  But that would make it a much-more-than-24-hour hat.

I’m going to be a meanie and spread this out over more than one blog post (because I’ve been doing this ten years now and the one constant truth of putting stuff on the internet is you always need more content).  But it won’t be long.  And I think I may actually be able to turn this into a pattern and sneak it onto the calendar here in the next few months too!

Yarns are Malabrigo’s Mecha in Lotus (the purple one) and Worsted in Natural (the white one, but you could probably guess that).

The fun bits

The ribbing is never my favorite bit.  In fact, the ribbing is the bit I sternly make myself do because I know I will like wearing the finished thing better as a result.  But really…my heart is in it for the swirly middle bits.

Though to be fair, I was rather pleased with myself for being comfy enough with brioche to reach the ‘yup, ready to be done with the ribbing’ stage right on schedule.  I’m pretty sure you can’t be both bored and scared at the same time, so if I got to bored, then I’m well past scared, right?

But now I’m on to the fancy bits, and oh but wow do I love them!  In fact, I’m going to be all shameless and just flash the pretty.  Because I’m tickled!

Oh, and before I forget, yarns are Ontheround’s Everyday DK in Natural and Plush Single in Ring of Fire.  And they are yummy!  Brioche is totally going to get me to experiment with more adventurous color combos over time, but for now, I’m going with bright and high contrast, and magical orangey bits and mellow neutral totally work!

Pretty much like that

So after that ‘let’s go straight for a nice long time…no…longer than you think’ part, then comes the ‘aaaaaaand three rows and you’re done’ bit.

At least that’s how my hats tend to work.  I’m a tremendous fan of a quick decrease on hats.  It actually means you’re knitting a bit more fabric (because you have to make the straight part a bit taller before you start the decreases), but I feel like it fits better and it doesn’t give me hat hair.

Plus it lets you do all sorts of delightfully dramatic stuff on the top.  This one is going to be all starburst-y sparkle pony on the top (yes, that’s totally the technical term).  It’s going to be grand.

And, as you may have noticed, I’m nowhere near through the whole color progression on the gradient yarn.  Which could be a bummer if I were only planning to knit a hat.  But once again fingerless gloves will come to the rescue.  I used a long gradient on fingerless gloves once before and was a tiny bit worried I’d be bugged by the whole ‘ack, they aren’t technically exactly matching’ thing, but it turns out I’m actually ok with it.  Which is good, because this yarn is way to pretty to let it go to waste!

 

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Remiss

Yeah, so somehow I’ve been distracted and not shown you as much of this as I should have.

Which is a shame, as it’s lovely.

But it does pretty much do that thing all hats do in the middle where you can just sort of assume ‘and then it got taller for a while with no particularly notable changes.’  Because well…that’s how hats work.

At least with this one you can distract yourself by wondering if the color is changing yet (hint, yes, yes it totally is).

Yarns are Malabrigo Rios in Natural and Friea Handpaint Sport in Flare.  If you want to see things in something slightly closer to real time, I tend to post a bit more on instagram than on the blog these days (sad, I know, but true).  This is absolutely totally going to be a pattern (likely in May).  And the way to hear about that is to make sure you’re on the mailing list (magic linky thing down below).

 

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