Learn Tips on Brioche Knitting With the Rudbeckia Hat by Andrea Mowry
The Rudbeckia Hat is a wonderful pattern to learn brioche knitting because it's basic brioche knitting, with no decreases. Soon you'll be off adding brioche to many of your projects.
I used the lovely Sueno DK Yarn and had so much left after completing the hat that I took the basic pattern and then made a matching baby hat and booties using the same technique. Be sure to watch my video (below) for tips on how to do this yourself!
How I made myRudbeckia Hat pattern: 8.5” wide by 8.5” tall blocked.
Starting at the Brim: I used US #3’s 40 inch circulars and a provisional cast on, I cast on 88 stitches.
I knit rows 1-4 four times as instructed in the pattern, Then I added one purl row, then I knit rows 4,3,2,1 in that order, four times. I joined my cuff with my provisional cast on then changed my needles.
I followed the rest of the instructions as written.
How I made myRudbeckia Baby Hat pattern: 6.75” wide by 6” tall blocked.
I used the same brim as above using US #5’s and 64 stitches, increasing up to 72 stitches and US #6’s for Brioche section.
I kept the tweed section as written.
I used one less repeat in the Round 1, A & B Brioche section.
How I made myRudbeckia Baby booties pattern: 3.5” wide by 3.5” tall blocked.
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