FO: Liebelle Hat

As my hair has been growing, I’ve been growing it more in an upwards direction…which means hats to fit my hair are getting tricky! I hadn’t really thought about my hair and how my hats might fit or not fit until I started to put some on and thought ‘well that looks horrible,’ so I was a little nervous as I was finishing my Liebelle Hat I cast on last month. This has been a good commuter project while I ride the subway and I wasn’t in any rush but I finished it just in time for some November snow we had and hoping it didn’t look silly when I finally put it on.
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And it fits (also I’m wearing my Pink Professor cardigan, I just took out the collar bind off and made a stretchier bind off for a better fit). Fortunately, the hat has enough height before you start shaping the crown and it accommodates my growing mane.
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And here’s my hair contained and then unleashed. LOL I love it being a bit wild.
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I picked this pattern because I’ve knit another by Katrin Schubert and I like her brioche designs. I also know that I do not do gauge swatches for hats  (always for sweaters, but never for hats) and after knitting one of her hats before I decided I needed to go down a needle size to a size 3. I also picked this because I could combine a bunch of fun colors and do some striping in the hat. I had a teeny tiny scrap of the sparkly magenta Tempting Ewe yarn from my sister’s sweater I made a while ago. And the light grey is leftover cosmic silver dk from my Dotted Rays shawl (I wear that thing all the time because it’s so big and squishy and warm) and then I pulled out of my stash some limited edition color, Catskills, from the Lemonade Shop yarns. It’s a deep almost olive green with little flecks of rainbow.
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Brioche always keeps me engaged and the end results always make me happy. And because it’s essentially double knit it’s such a warm hat. I was perfectly toasty walking the dogs in the snow. Couldn’t ask for more!

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FO: A Sparkly Beezee

I knit another brioche hat this month with the original intentions of giving it to my girlfriend Alisa. I mentioned she wanted a hat with purple in it but she told me she wanted simple. I quickly realized I was not making a simple hat and that it would be better suited for me than for her. So the Beezee hat became my latest brioche wonder and I’m happy I kept it.

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Teal side is dominant here.

One of the things I love about brioche knitting is that it creates a reversible fabric so I love picking great contrasting colors. For this hat I decided to use the leftovers of my Blue Heron Rayon Metallic yarn from my first Rain Outside shawl and a very old skein of Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Sport in Rock Creek Park, a lovely deep teal. I love how the metallic pops through when you wear it with the teal color as the dominant color on the hat. If I’m feeling a bit fancier I can wear the metallic side out.

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Metallic side is dominant here.

I picked this pattern because I loved the wave pattern the brioche created. But she has several really great brioche patterns in her shop that you should check out. I love the shape of this hat and totally want to make that one too.
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I also love that it let’s me use of some of those half skeins of dk weight yarn or leftovers from my jumbo Miss Babs Yowza skeins and turn them into color finished objects. And I’ve got another road trip coming up soon so I just might be knitting up another hat in the car. So have I convinced any of you to pick up your two colors and hop on the brioche band wagon?

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.
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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.
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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.
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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?