Sunday, December 30th from 4:30-6:30pm
The Harlow Hat is brioche ribbing done in the round with decreases at the crown. This is the perfect next step for those of you who took the Big Easy brioche cowl class with Carolina, or for anyone who has already done a simple brioche project. If you have been admiring those incredible (but intimidating) brioche shawls, this is a great way to get your feet wet in brioche without the commitment. It really is a fun stitch, a kind of rhythmic dance between hands, needles, and yarn, and is actually easier to do in the round than flat.
Once you do a brioche project, you will want to do it for everything! Suddenly you are feverishly pairing ALL yarns, imagining how they will look in your next brioche project. It’s addictive!
Continental knitters: Don’t worry! I actually find brioche even easier & more fun this way.
Time: One 2-hour class. What we’ll do, since we can’t knit a hat in two hours (we wish!!), is cast on and knit a few rows to learn the two-color brioche technique. Then we’ll cast on again onto the DPN’s using the practice yarn, brioche knit a few rows, then learn the decreases. Andrea Mowry, the designer, has included links in the pattern to her videos, which are extremely helpful and straightforward.
Level 4 Pygora: Ready to add expert techniques / able to tangle with advanced techniques. BUT…you can be a Level 2 Angora in your brioche knitting — meaning you are very comfortable knitting in general, including knitting in the round, but you can be a beginner brioche knitter. Preferably, you will have already done one brioche project.
Skills you need (these are essential for everyone to have the best class experience):
- cast on
- brioche stitch (preferable, but not req’d)
Skills you will learn:
- two-color brioche in the round
- brioche decreases
- tubular cast on (optional)
- fix a dropped stitch
- US 2 circular needles, 16″
- US 3 circular needles, 16″
- US 3 DPN’s, OR US 3 circulars, 30″+ for Magic Loop
- Harlow Hat pattern by Andrea Mowry (in-store or Ravelry)
- two skeins of fingering weight yarn, 240-330yds total
- two skeins of fingering weight practice yarn for learning the decreases
- one stitch marker
- right side/wrong side markers (optional)
- Highlighter tape and/or magnetic pattern holder (recommended)
- Point protectors (recommended)
- Tapestry needle for lifeline and for weaving in ends
- thin waste yarn or dental floss/tape for lifelines (smoother yarn is best)
We used one skein of Brooklyn Tweed Loft, and one skein of Spincycle Dyed in the Wool. One solid color yarn with one color shifting yarn makes for a really cool effect in brioche! Or you can go for a more subtle look with two solid colors closer in color/tone,
Tiffany Evitts has been knitting for about two years. Becoming obsessed with it very quickly, she has absorbed a lot, especially through working with the experts (Cadence & Carolina, and our awesome knitting customers) at Fuzzy Goat!