Brioche Watch Cap by Elizabeth Zimmermann

Brioche Watch Cap

Super Bulky (5-6 wpi) ?
3 stitches = 1 inch
US 11 - 8.0 mm
85 - 110 yards (78 - 101 m)
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From Schoolhouse Press: 7 designs from 4 designers. Meg Swansen presents: an elegant Twisted-Stitch cap, the whimsical Albrecht Durer Tower Hat and a simple to knit Circular Brioche Watch Cap. Two Elizabeth Zimmermann designs: her classic Snail Hat (aka Conch or Dairy Queen), and her Kliban Hat. Plus an innovative I-cord Lattice Hat from Cully Swansen and a snugly warm Garter-Band hat from Eleanor Haase. Something for everyone in this cornucopia!

Print version comes in a 3-hole, archival quality sheet protector.

From Knitting Without Tears: In Chapter 5, “Other Knitted Garments,” EZ says: “AND THIS BRINGS ME TO HATS. To which the sky is the limit. People will put anything on their heads, it seems to me for two reasons: either it keeps them warm, or it makes them feel cute. A good woolly cap can well combine these functions. What is warmer than a Watchcap? (they used to call them toques, and will, perhaps, again.)”

Pattern Notes: “A Watchcap is quick and easy, once you get the hang of the stitch. You will need about 4 oz of very thick wool; thick enough to give a gauge of 2.5 stitches to 1” if worked in stocking stitch, and a pair of very thick needles, size 10.5 to 15. The thicker the needles, the lighter and fluffier your watchcap.”

The cap is knit using either the Prime Rib or Brioche Stitch. It is sewn flat and then seamed.

“Caps are quickly made, and invaluable for using up scraps of wool for color patterns and stripes. They are excellent bazaar material, as people will pay more for them for mittens, and they are quicker and more fun to make.”

This pattern may be found on pages 95-97 of Knitting Without Tears. And Opinionated Knitter Leaflet #5 (p. 31)