FO: Cait’s Cowl

I’m always asked why I don’t sell what I knit and I have a lot of responses (you wouldn’t want to pay me what it’s worth, people would expect perfection and I’m not perfect, I don’t want to…). But in all honesty, I like to make what I want when the mood strikes me. And more often than not I’m making something for someone else as a way to say thank you. Here’s a fine example. The other weekend I had brunch with friends and my girlfriend Cait was going to come and speak to my students that week. So when I saw her on Sunday wearing a super cute chunky green knit hat with a big pink pom pom on top I decided she needed a cowl to match.
Cait’s Cowl
Cait lives in DC and walks everywhere, so she’s a prime candidate for hand knits because she’d wear them and appreciate them on a cold day. Plus she’s a pretty awesome person who does cool stuff for work and gives great presentations to my students (I’m very lucky to have awesome friends). Last year I made her baby boy on the way a super cute cardigan but this time I wanted to make something for her. I knew I had a pretty close Kelly green yarn in my stash that would go with her hat (Knit Picks Mighty Stitch Bulky) that would be super soft and I still had some bright pink Ella Rae Chunky from this sweater I made ages ago that is super warm. That makes a perfect combo for a cowl – softness and warmth. So I pulled out the Beginner’s Brioche Cowl pattern I’d already knit a few weeks before and started to work on a lovely two color cowl for my friend.
Cait’s Cowl
By Monday night I was finished and blocking it so it had a full day to dry before I saw Cait on Wednesday for class. And with the beauty of brioche she can wear it on whatever side she wants to!
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My brioche addiction is still strong…next I think will be a shawl with brioche in it but that will have to wait until I finish my two sweaters I’ve got on my needles. And speaking of, that Carbeth Cardigan is working up quickly!! If I get a little time to myself I might get close to finishing it this weekend. What are your weekend plans?

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FO: Louisville Knits

I’ve been working on so many little projects and have taken a bunch of random photos so I thought I’d collect a few similar things into one post to share my finished objects. Sound like a plan?

Typically whenever I see my girlfriend Salina I like to take her a crafty gift because we gift handmade things to each other all the time. You might remember the hat I made for her when we went to New Orleans a while ago. Well, I had the same colorway of the Madlinetosh yarn, Spectrum, in the bulky weight that I had waited forever to do something with for her. So I decided to knit her a cowl.
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I picked up the Beginners Brioche Cowl when it was free on Ravelry and used it as a guide to knit Salina a two color brioche cowl in the car on the way to Louisville. It only took me a few hours. I cast on more stitches that required to make it a bit bigger and looser and liked the finished look. I used the blue and purple yarn mixed with a skein of Mighty Stitch Bulky in silver. It was a great contrast and insanely soft. And I also decided her daughter Alexandra needed a cowl too but I wanted to do a bolder color palette and a little something different.
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So I made her the fun Worsted Brioche Bandana Cowl and used the leftover yarn I had from my Happy Little Sweater. I love this Indian Corn colorway from the Lemonade Shop and wanted to put what I had left in a fun project. I contrasted it with some Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash in Columbine Heather, a reddish purple, I had in my stash.
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I think Alexandra will enjoy this little cowl since she’s always cold. It’s cute to wear with her purple coat or just on its own. And while we were in Louisville, Salina took me to Fiber and Friends a cute little yarn shop in La Grange, Kentucky. The ladies in this shop were so warm and inviting. They were taking my coat off for show and tell so they could see my knits! I definitely suggest if you’re in the area to pop on in. And while we were there Salina fell in love with a pom pom so I suggested she pick out some yarn and I would make her a hat to go with it. She picked up this really beautiful Berroco Millefiori BIG yarn in a purple and blue colorway. I knew immediately that one skein would be perfect for the Purl Soho pattern Super Soft Merino Hats for Everyone. It doesn’t take much yarn and I was able to whip it up in about 3 hours.
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I’m so addicted to brioche knitting…you’re going to see these two patterns again very soon. I’ve got some wilder color combos coming that I made for myself!

FO: Madness Hat {More Brioche}

I told you this was going to be the week of finished objects! Rounding out this week I’ve got more two color brioche and in another hat. I bought the Madness Hat pattern because I liked the style and then I just randomly grabbed two skeins of yarn and cast on.
Madness Hat
If I had really thought this out I would’ve grabbed navy blue chunky yarn instead of grey so it would match my pink and navy coat. I did not, so this hat was gifted to my BFF Jess and it matches her style. The great thing about brioche knitting is that it makes your fabric reversible. So even though it’s got neon pink you can really make it pop when worn on one side versus the other side.
Madness Hat
I pulled stash yarn out for this one. I had a full skein of Berroco Vintage Chunky leftover from the Bermondsey cardigan for my aunt and I knew it would be great for a hat but wanted to punch it up a bit. Since the pattern only requires 60 and 65 yards of each color I grabbed the little bit of leftover Mighty Stitch Bulky I had in Pucker from this glorious striped sweater of mine – another Bermondsey! Perhaps I should’ve named this the Brioche Bermondsey Leftover Hat? (I wonder if I have some of the black left over…I really should dig through and do a better inventory). I love when I get to use up all of my scraps, it makes me feel like I get every single penny out of the yarn I bought. I’ve got enough of the grey leftover to make another so I may end up using another creative color combo.
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I knit this hat while commuting on the train, it was nice and soothing. And one evening while I was knitting with my headphones one I hear someone yelling ‘miss, miss.’ I looked up and a woman who I saw eyeing my project the entire ride was about to get off and she yelled, ‘Is that going to be a hat? It’s gorgeous!’ HAHAHAHA It totally made my day.
Madness Hat
I totally recommend this one to you if you’re into brioche but want to get your increasing and decreasing in brioche down. With the bigger weight yarn it was pretty easy and with super high contrasting colors it really makes it easy to follow your work. So have I convinced any of you to dip your toe into two color brioche yet?