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March 2017
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches
in two-color brioche stitch in the round (taken after blocking)
US 9 - 5.5 mm
125 yards (114 m)
One size: 20” / 51cm circ. x 9” / 23cm height (taken after blocking)
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This is mad, darling, mad!! Madness is a reversible hat with a dramatic brioche motif, surrounded by two-color garter stitch stripes and a deep two-color brioche brim. Inspired by Art Deco and the flapper styles of the 1920’s, this hat is sure to make an impression wherever you go! And using 2 skeins of bulky yarn, this hat knits up in no time.

Skill level: Intermediate. Basic two color brioche skills are not required, but are recommended. Techniques used: knitting in the round, knit, purl, 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 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!!

Size: Adult: 20” / 51cm circ. x 9” / 23cm height (taken after blocking)

Yarn: 125 yds / m Bulky weight
Main color (MC): 60 yds / 55 m
Contrast color (CC): 65 yds / 59 m

Shown in:
MC: 1 ball We Are Knitters The Petite Wool in Pearl Grey (100% Peruvian wool; 153 yds per 100g)
CC: 1 ball We Are Knitters The Petite Wool in Wine (100% Peruvian wool; 153 yds per 100g)

Needles: 16” & 40” US 9 / 5.5mm circular needle for Magic Loop method, or US 9 / 5.5mm DPN’s.

Tools: tapestry needle for weaving ends, row counter, stitch marker for noting beginning of rnd, 9 contrasting stitch markers for crown shaping

Gauge: 14 sts x 16 rows = 4” / 10cm; measured in two-color brioche stitch in the round (taken after blocking).

Many thanks to We Are Knitters for their scrumptious yarn! And to my amazing test knitters, who help make all of this possible. :)