Brioche Helmet Hat

Intermediate childrens' hats in a brioche pattern. Slightly elongated ribbing around the ears keeps little ears warm.

Designer Kelly Bridges
Finished Size 16 (18, 18)" circumference and 6 (6½, 7)" long from top to base of earflap. To fit 6–12 months (1–2 years, 2–4 years). Blue hat shown in size small; rose hat shown in size medium.
Yarn Frog Tree Yarns Alpaca Sport Weight (100% alpaca; 130 yd [119 m]/50 g; Sportweight #2 Fine): 1 ball each of MC and CC. Hats shown in #31 blue (MC) with #30 pale blue (CC), and #205 rose (MC) with #95 pink (CC). Yarn distributed by T&C Imports.
Needles Size 6 (4 mm): 16" circular (cir) and set of 4 double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
• Markers (m);
• tapestry needle.
Gauge 14 sts and 42 rnds = 4" in brioche patt worked in the rnd with yarn doubled, and with fabric relaxed and unblocked. As an aid to counting the sts and rows/rnds when checking gauge in brioche stitch, count each column of knit sts as 2 sts, and count each knit st in the column as 2 rows/ rnds.

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