Happy Kitty Hat by Lesley Anne Robinson

Happy Kitty Hat

January 2017
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
in two-color brioche stitch (taken after blocking)
US 7 - 4.5 mm
220 yards (201 m)
One size: 19” / 48cm circ. x 9” / 23cm height, measured after blocking.
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Happy Kitty Hat is a super fun kitty cat hat with happy kitty faces, knit using the two-color brioche stitch.

Inspired by the PussyHat Project, my own rendition of this empowering movement incorporates my favorite brioche stitch! Many thanks to all who have been marching, and speaking out for what you believe in. I hope this hat can give you hope, and keep you nice and warm during the winter season. Us ladies need to stick together!!

Grab two colorfully pink skeins of your favorite DK or Worsted weight yarn, and create a hat you will never want to take off! Two-color brioche creates a beautifully reversible fabric, so now it’s like you have TWO hats!

Skill level: Intermediate. Basic two color brioche skills are not required, but are recommended. Techniques used: knitting in the round, brioche knit (brk), brioche purl (brp), brioche increases and decreases.

This pattern is both written and charted, for your convenience!

If you have not yet tried knitting brioche, fear not!! This hat may look complicated, but the twists and turns are made by increasing and decreasing the brioche stitches and are so much fun once you learn! This pattern is written so that ANYONE can knit it, with photo tutorials and links to videos teaching the techniques. I also highly recommend visiting Nancy Marchant’s website: www.briochestitch.com. She is the best teacher for this amazing stitch!! Many thanks to Nancy for creating the beautiful Happy Kittens stitch pattern used in this hat design.

Size: One size: 19” / 48cm circ. x 9” / 23cm height, measured after blocking.

Main color (MC): 95yds / 87m DK weight
Contrast color (CC): 125yds / 114m Worsted weight

Shown in:
MC: 1 skein Republic of Wool DK Superwash Merino in Tiny Dancer Speckle (100% Merino wool; 250 yds per 115g)
CC: 1 skein Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in Fragrant (100% Merino wool; 210 yds per 100g)

Needles: 16” & 40” US 7 / 4.5mm circular needle for magic loop method, or US 7 / 4.5mm DPN’s.

Tools: tapestry needle, row counter, stitch marker for marking beginning of round, 1 extra needle or DPN for Three Needle Bind Off

Gauge: 20 sts x 20 rows = 4” / 10cm; measured in even two-color brioche stitch (taken after blocking).