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New pattern release :: Taking Turns hats!

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I am so excited to announce my newest knitting pattern release, Taking Turns!  This includes patterns for two different hats – Hat #One is full of texture using one-color brioche syncopating stripes, while Hat #Two creates exciting two-color brioche Alternating Color stripes! Brioche in a light bulky weight yarn creates the squishiest fabric, so grab a skein or two and let’s go!

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These hats were actually a complete experiment for me!  I had been thinking about a new technique with brioche knitting that would create interesting color-changing stripes by switching which color yarn is used in the middle of a row or round.  I started experimenting with this technique using two skeins of beautiful bulky yarn hand-dyed by Melissa of Hey Lady Hey, in colors Scabosia and a custom speckled colorway, Books and Pens.  I was having a lot of fun playing with syncopating and Alternating Color stripes, but the combination of solid and speckles just wasn’t working.  It was too much for one hat pattern!  So I decided to make the Books and Pens SHINE by using it alone in one hat design!  The speckled yarn with the texture the syncopated brioche stripes creates is just magical.

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Of course, this meant that I had to get another skein of the bulky yarn to go with the Scabosia!  So I went for a beautiful contrasting color, Ephemera, which is a bright yellow-green!  Deep eggplant purple with the bright yellow-green was exactly what the Alternating Color stripes needed to really pop.  And it worked!  I am delighted to have sort of UNvented this new technique, and I’m looking forward to creating more brioche designs with it! In case you’re a little intimidated to try a new technique with an already complicated stitch, I did put together a short photo and video tutorial that goes with the pattern.

This pattern is another in my fun collaboration with Andrea Mowry, KNIT in COLOR!  I have so enjoyed working with indie yarn dyers like Melissa and hope that you will check out her gorgeous yarn!!

You can get your copy on Ravelry, and right now I have a special Back To School sale going on!  Use coupon code BACKTOSCHOOL at checkout and receive a 25% discount on ALL Knit Graffiti Designs!! This sale will run from Thursday, October 8 through Sunday, October 11 at midnight Eastern!!

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