Bray cap

I know it’s only just autumn really, but I am already getting excited about winter. I love the cold! And the crisp air, and the trees going all red and brown, and even the darker evenings. Mmmmmmmmmmm!!! So of course I am starting to get excited about knitting. Since I’m rapidly changing size and shape, I don’t want to be knitting anything remotely fitted, so hats it is.

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So let me introduce you to this Bray cap. It’s a Brooklyn Tweed pattern, by Jared Flood.  This is actually the second one I made – I made one for my brother for Christmas, and I loved it so much I needed to squeeze one out for myself. My ravelry notes are here and here. You could get lost looking at all the Bray caps on ravelry. I used Malabrigo worsted in cinnabar. It was a bit more orange than I expected, but I like it. It’s lovely and soft, and nice to knit with. It is bobbling a bit though, so I think I might use something more robust if I were to knit it again.

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In fact I’ve bought some Brooklyn Tweed shelter (the recommended yarn!) as a birthday treat, to knit another one with. I’m slightly nervous about this, as I’ve heard there can be a lot of breakage, especially on the cables. But I’ve heard so much about it that I wanted a go. Hopefully it won’t be too nice, as there’s no way I could afford to knit a sweater from it! I’m interested to see what the cables look like, since apparently it’s good for making them pop. Do you have any advice for good wool for cables?

There are a lot of things I love about this pattern: the balance of cables and lace, the way it’s loose but not too slouchy, but especially the tubular cast on. I hadn’t tried this before, and it is certainly a faff compared to other cast ons I’ve tried, but I’d say it’s worth it.

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Excuse my gormy face!

It gives a lovely thick edge, with no ropey bit like the long tail cast on (my usual choice), and it stretches excellently and blends very well into the ribbing. I do think it’s especially nice for hats, but I may well try it on something else one day. Do you have a favourite cast on that you’ve discovered from some pattern? Or a favourite cast off!? I’m very short on nice cast-off methods, I always just use the standard one and there’s lots I don’t like about it.

I have a couple more hats planned, so watch this space…

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