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My Go To Hat Pattern

Lets talk about knitted hats for a minute. I love a good hat pattern, bonus if it’s one I can knit on without having to have the pattern in front of me at all times.

A hat project is just the right size for lunch break and travel knitting. If the pattern calls for sock or fingering weight yarn you can easily fit it in a super cute project bag and carry it with you to all the places! Hat projects are also good for using up partial or leftover skeins of yarn.

I love all kinds of hat patterns, stranded, cabled, interesting construction techniques…. the possibilities are endless!

That being said, I want to share my go to easy knitting hat pattern. This pattern was written by one of my favorite pattern designers… Andrea Mowery creator and designer behind Drea Renee Knits. The pattern is called Harlow.

This hat pattern is knitted using the Brioche stitch. Now before you throw your hands up and declare that Brioche is too hard….I promise you can do this! Andrea provides links in the pattern to her amazing tutorial videos she posted on her YouTube channel where she demonstrates both brioche stitches for knit and purl and how to perform the decrease stitches for right and left slating decreases. You can find her YouTube channel HERE. She has great tutorial videos on a wide variety of cast on techniques and different knit stitches.

I know brioche can be intimidating, I had previously attempted to learn brioche a few times before I came across this particular pattern. I even bought a few brioche shawl patterns in the hopes of someday being able to actually knit brioche. Then I found Harlow. I loved everything about this pattern. It is unisex, I’ve knitted a couple hats for my husband with this pattern. It can be knit in two colors or a single color. It works well both with variegated and solid color yarns. It can be knit with leftover sock yarns. It is also reversible giving you two different looking hats if you knit it with two contrasting colors.

I’ve knitted several of these hats, and I have plans to knit several more. Once you get the brioche stitch down, it becomes a breeze! This pattern is just the right size for travel or lunch break knitting at work. It is also excellent for “places you can knit” pictures.

Knitting Harlow hat in the mountains in Colorado
Knitting with a view!

I really do love this pattern and how the end product turns out. Literally as I am working on this post, I finished one Harlow hat (see the last photo in the post) and immediately cast on for another one for my daughter. I highly recommend this pattern if you love hats, if you love brioche, if you want to learn brioche! It is very well written and Andrea provides so much support and information on how to do the stitches. I really feel like this pattern is a good beginner pattern for those who want to learn brioche knitting. Give it a try! You won’t be disappointed.

The finished Harlow hat I was knitting on in the mountains
My most recent Harlow hat fresh off the needles. Used leftover sock yarn from a shawl.

After knitting all of these hats, and falling in-love with the Brioche stitch, I now understand when Stephen West (another amazing knit designer) said “Brioche All The Things!”

~Happy Knitting~

Jess

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When knitting gets out of control…Confessions of a serial project starter

Hello, my name is Jessica and I am a serial project starter. One thing has become very clear to me over this past year. I have way too many knitting projects on the needles. While I have not documented the exact number, off the top of my head I can thing of 3 cardigans (one is an original design I am working on), 2 blankets, 1 kids sweater for my daughter, 3 hats, 4 cowls (2 of them are original designs), a cotton market. bag which is going to be a Christmas gift, and a couple shawls. I’m sad to say I’m sure that is not all of it.

I get drawn in and carried away with the joy and pleasure casting on for a new project brings. I seriously do not have any self control when it comes to this. I’m currently fighting the urge to cast on the Fox Paw scarf kit I ordered from Craftsy on their Black Friday special. It’s a sickness I tell you! Adding to this sickness is my desire to learn and expand my knitting pallet by learning new techniques and skills each year. This year I mastered short rows and sweater construction. Next year will be the technique used in the Fox Paw scarf and steeking (which I am terrified yet determined to do).

I’m sure I am not the only knitter with the problem. I read posts on Facebook that other fellow knitters have posted about only being able to focus on one project at a time. I can’t decide if I envy them or feel sorry for them. I wonder how they manage to do it. Especially if they have lots of patterns in their library and the yarn to go with them.

I’m trying very very hard to not start another project until I have completed at least half of the projects I have on the needles. I know this will not be accomplished before 2018 rolls around. I am going to make it my first resolution of 2018 to complete all of my in progress projects before Thanksgiving. This is going to be a difficult task, but if I want to get my knitting under control and stop the feeling of drowning in projects I need to stick with it and get it done.

In addition to my knitting addiction, I also have my spinning wheel and weaving loom that demand attention. To be able to attend to those addictions, I need to get my craft studio all cleaned up and super organized. Another resolution for 2018. I have such grand ideas and plans for the new year. I’m looking forward posting about my progress throughout next year.

Anyone else suffer from the same affliction? I’d love to hear your story! I’d also love for you to join me in this venture next year to free ourselves from all of these partially done projects, so we can cast on for new ones!!!