I mean I suppose technically it’s more ribbing…

So now we’re at the bit where I more or less…well…have to knit ribbing again.  And I’m not quite sure why an inch of ribbing at the bottom, before the fun bits, feels like endless purgatory, but three inches of ribbing at the top feels like zipping towards the finish.  But somehow it does.

So I’m not actually minding tooooooo much.  Though if we’re being honest, it’s still not my favorite bit.

Perhaps my uncharacteristic stoicism is because it means it’s just about time to do the crown.  And I have a suspicion brioche crowns are their own special kind of magic!

Oh, and let’s see…some pre-emptive answers to possible questions.  Yarns are by Ontheround, Everyday DK in Natural and Plush Single in Ring of Fire.  And you totally could do more of the wee flower pods instead of switching back to ribbing.  I’m just fond of having things happen in threes, so that’s what I did. But you could do just one or do it the whole way up the hat if you were so inclined.  There will be a pattern (but I’m running it by lots of folks more familiar with brioche than I am first…because I don’t want to lead anyone astray).

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!

Let’s have some more of that, shall we?

While I was distracting you with the fetching orange striped mitts, the hat decided to get bigger.

Quite a bit bigger actually…

So big that I may only have room for five colors (the set comes with six, and I’d hoped to have room for them all, but that may not quite work out).

I’m torn between the pale green, and the yellow.  The green feels a little cooler, somehow more sedate.  And the yellow more cheerful.  I think either is probably actually fine…but somehow that makes the choice all the harder.

 

 

 

 

Not even pretending any more

That’s it. I’m just accepting that gray hats are my thing, I love them, I knit a lot of them, I’m not sorry, and I’m not going to change.

That said…there’s a good chance this one might distract you from the underlying gray with rather a lot of colorful bits…(it’s Everyday DK by ontheround in Silver Lining Tweed…and it is grand).

And if you hold tight for just a second while I zip through the stockinette bit, you might spy some actual non-gray yarn.

Quite a lot of non-gray yarn come to think of it…(that’s ontheround’s Everyday Lite in Silver Lining Rainbow…also grand and a perfect match for the speckles).

Hold on tight, I think this is going somewhere rather special!

 

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No really…I mostly just swatch

I’ve done you a disservice.  I got all distracted showing this particular bit of fluff off on instagram and sort of forgot to show it off here too (I know, I find it odd too…but your best chance of seeing all the things these days is to keep an eye on me over there).  Remember the On The Round rainbow goodness from the other day?

Well it turned into a swatch.

And then that swatch got tweaked and turned into another swatch.

And then that swatch went all sorts of good places.

This is going to end up being a hat (possibly with a companion piece depending on how my yarn and enthusiasm hold up…).  And I suspect it’s going to be something rather special.

Yarn is from On The Round (their Everyday DK is Silver Lining Tweed and Everyday Lite in Silver Lining Rainbow).  And yes it’s every bit that pretty in real life.  You want it in your stash!

 

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