Magical Hat

Project – Brioche Stitch Hat
Patons Pattern Book #500880 – Anti Freeze
Yarn – Patons Classic Wool Roving in Dark Grey
Blogger – JDknits

So, when last we spoke, I was about to embark on the odd task of turning this:

An Unlikely-Looking Hat

into this:

I wasn't as daunted as I probably should have been, and you shouldn't be either.

Folding the hat into shape was not tough, but I feel the pattern could have used a few more sewing instructions than just "sew A & B together", when A & B fold under each other and require a twisting of both your brain and the fabric to figure out. But now that I've done it, I'm sure you can too.

Basically, the long piece is folded into something that resembles an envelope -- or it would if the envelope had been invented by Mr. Moebius:

Parcel o'hat

After stitching a few inches in one direction, you then have to grab the last two piece in the instructions and grip them firmly, imagining that it is a simple, flat edge seam, even though the pieces of fabric falling away under your hands are anything but flat. Forget about them, and sew the two edges indicated in the instructions, as if they were a normal seam in a nice long line.

At that point, I still wasn't sure I had done it right (or how to put it on!) but then I looked at the picture and saw the long 'headband' going across the model's head and suddenly it made sense.

I popped it on et voila! What do you think?

Brioche Stitch Hat

It's certainly very comfortable. I don't really suit a beanie that flattens my hair and makes my big face look bigger. I like a hat with a bit of personality, to balance things out, and I think this fits that bill nicely.

My verdict: Easy knit, easy wearing, could use a little more hand-holding in the sewing instructions in my opinion, but utterly delightful once you're finished.



Looks great on you!

Congratulations figuring it out! I love that hat!

I think it's one of those things, like watching movies in 3D, where you have to tell your brain to relax and just do what feels right!

Your hat looks cuter than the one on the model! (Certainly looks like a better fit, too.) I may very well need to make this hat - but I know everyone who sees it will want me to make one for them, too. Great job!

Thanks, knittinjen and k1Paula2, Like I say, I don't suit small hats, not being a small-scale person, myself. I feel sorry for skinny model-types, really... ;) You totally could make this for everyone you know. It didn't take me too long. Great for those times when you can knit but don't want to count or pore over charts.

What kind of seam did you use? That hat looks great! Added it to my queue

I think it's a mattress seam. The one where you're knitting on the right side and just kind of weaving the edges together. It disappears.

oh wow.. I absolutely love this! Definately a hat with personality :D

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple and knit this hat in red!

I LOVE THIS HAT! This is a great project for a knit-a-long for our knitting group! It is great because it seems to be relatively easy and teaches new knitters to purl as a standard stitch and they can wear their project! AND IT LOOKS GREAT ON YOU! thanks for sharing your comments and the finished project with us!

Thanks for the kind words! I think it would make a great knit-a-long project, especially if you're talking while you knit ;)