Blackberries on Brioche–June’s pattern.

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Well, it’s the final day of June (!), so I should probably publish June’s pattern.  This month I have a free hat pattern for ya: Blackberries on Brioche!EastLondonKnit Brioche in Blackberries 2Following on from my previous how to knit 2 colour Brioche rib, here is a little hat to practice on.  It’s a fairly quick knit in DK weight yarn.

EastLondonKnit Brioche in Blackberries 1

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Brim circumference 19.5 inches/50cm

Height 8 inches/ 20cm

MATERIALS

[MC] Lioness Arts BFL [100% BFL; 245yd/224m per 100g skein]; custom colour: Blackberry Stain; 1 skein

[CC] Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk [75%extra fine merino, 20% silk, 5% cashmere; 127yd/116m per 50g skein]; color: silver; 1 skein

The sample hat weighs 45g.  As a conservative estimate, this hat used 40g or 98yds/90m of the MC, and 15g or 38yds/35m of the CC.

One 16-inch/40cm US #4/3.5mm circular needle and/or double-point needles*

One 16-inch/40cm US #6/4mm circular needle and/or double-point needles

One 16-inch/40cm US #7/4.5mm circular needle and/or double-point needles

Or size of needles to get gauge.

notions: tapestry needle, stitch marker

GAUGE

19.5 sts/28 rows = 4 inches/10cm in stockinette stitch on largest needles.

PATTERN NOTES

I used the Tubular 2-Colour Cast On for this hat, which requires smaller needles to start than you would use for a cast on such as a long tail cast on. *If you do not choose a tubular cast on, it maybe better to use larger needles.

PATTERN

Cast on 68 sts with smallest needles and both MC and CC.

PM and join to work in the round, being careful not to twist.

With medium needles, work 2-colour Brioche Rib for 14 rnds or 2.25 inches/5.5cm.

Increase Rnd:

With largest needles and MC, (k2, m1) around.  102 sts.

Work St st until there is 10.5cm of hat, measured from the cast on edge.

Begin crown decreases (switch to DPNs when the circumference is too small for circular needles)

Set up Dec Rnd: K9, k2tog, k41, k2tog, k to end. 100 sts.

Work 3 rnds St st.

Dec Rnd: (K8, k2tog) around. 90 sts.

Work 3 rnds St st.

Dec Rnd: (K7, k2tog) around. 80 sts.

Work 2 rnds St st.

Dec Rnd: (K6, k2tog) around. 70 sts.

Work 2 rnds St st.

Dec Rnd: (K5, k2tog) around. 60 sts.

Work 1 rnd St st.

Dec Rnd: (K4, k2tog) around. 50 sts.

Work 1 rnd St st.

Dec Rnd: (K3, k2tog) around. 40 sts.

Work 1 rnd St st.

Dec Rnd: (K2, k2tog) around. 30 sts.

Work 1 rnd St st.

Dec Rnd: (K1, k2tog) around. 20 sts.

Work 1 rnd St st.

Dec Rnd: (k2tog) around. 10 sts.

Work 1 rnd St st.

Dec Rnd: (k2tog) around. 5 sts.

Cut the yarn, pull the tail through the remaining sts twice and secure.

FINISHING

Weave in ends and wet block.

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I hope you enjoy some Blackberries on Brioche!  It is a pattern for using up some small amounts of luxury yarn. Although the man of the house likes a beanie, I think it would work well as a more slouchy hat too, with added rows just after the Brioche rib.

Happy knitting!

R.

EastLondonKnit 2-Color Brioche Rib tutorial 1

I do love a bit of Brioche

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As I say, I love a bit of Brioche Rib.  It is such a lovely kind of colour work to do.  So I thought I would do a little tutorial on it to get you ready for a couple of patterns I have coming out soon.

As with so many things, working Brioche Rib is easier than explaining how to work it.  Try it. You’ll like it.

For this example, the dark purple yarn will be the main color (MC), and the silver yarn will be the contrast color (CC), and when I say ‘slip the stitches back to the other end of the needle,’ I mean just push them back to the other end.  The tutorial begins with the 2-Color Tubular Cast on. Click on the images to embigify.

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Happy knitting!

R.

 

 

Bugs, bunnies & bad knitting.

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I am a woman of simple pleasures.  We went for a weekend away on the South Coast recently, and I loved it. We stayed in a caravan, ate fish and chips and drank wine.  And I slept. A lot. Seriously, it was bliss.  Here are some pictures to prove it:

EastLondonKnit goes to Swanage Swanage 14 (1 of 1)-3 Swanage 14 (1 of 1)-4 Swanage 14 (1 of 1)-5 Swanage 14 (1 of 1)-6 Swanage 14 (1 of 1)-7 Swanage 14 (1 of 1)-8 Swanage 14 (1 of 1)-9 Swanage 14 (1 of 1)-10 Swanage 14 (1 of 1)-11 Swanage 14 (1 of 1)-12 Swanage 14 (1 of 1)-13 Swanage 14 (1 of 1)-14 Swanage 14 (1 of 1)-15

When Knitting Attacks….*

I show you all this as my holiday knitting is too shameful to show at the moment.  The best bit of any holiday is the knitting, right?  Well, I was well prepared with a sample Asterisks Shawl to show off some of the wonderful Kettle Yarn Co‘s superb yarns, which I thought was perfect holiday knitting–such a simple pattern repeat, so straight forward a pattern….

If this is at all sounding like a project that is about to go horribly wrong, you wouldn’t be wrong.

I was on the path to destruction from the very beginning, though I didn’t know it til the end.   Without looking at the pattern, I just started knitting, assuming that it was so simple that I couldn’t get it wrong. So when I got to the border and the numbers didn’t add up, I was flummoxed.  Not only did I design the thing, I am clearly too clever to have made a foolish mistake, such as working the wrong decreases from the start, or working the wrong number of repeats, or working the transition to the lace border incorrectly, or use the wrong needle size. Or EVERY ONE of these mistakes in a single project.  Ugh.

So I decided it had to be frogged.  And yet, I didn’t.  And I let other people know I was going to the frog pond, but they cried out in protest–all that knitting for not?  Just fix it they said.  And so I did.

I am not going to lie, this shawl’s very existence annoys me no end.  I don’t think the casual viewer will be able to tell how badly I messed this up, but I will ALWAYS know the truth.

There is a lesson in here somewhere, but I am ignoring  it to go finish the damn shawl.

I wish you all happier knitting than my own just now….

R.

*I listen  to the amazing Knitmore Girls podcast and the refrain ‘When knitting attacks!’ so aptly described my feeling I had to use it.  Do give the Knitmore Girls a listen, they are awesomeness.

The Veil of Leithen

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Introducing….The Veil of Leithen!

EastLondonKnit Veil of Leithen

This time I am so excited and pleased to be publishing a pattern for the Unwind Brighton KAL!  I am doing little bits and pieces to help the Amazing Dani in organizing the event, and I cannot wait until July!

In the run up to the big event, there is an impressive list of patterns for the KAL- Bristol Ivy, Justyna Lorkowska, Veera Välimäki–and me*!  There will be prizes! All the info is on the Unwind group Ravelry page.   I have never done a KAL either as a participant or a designer, so this will be all new and shiny to me!

Veil of Leithen is available for download here!

Happy knitting,

R.

*I’m not one of those people with false modesty or anything, but this is the earworm I have had since I wrote my name next to the famous designers above: