Controlled Chaos Brioche Hat Design

Controlled Chaos by Meaghan Schmaltz

My friend Meaghan Schmaltz of the Unapologetic Knitter has designed the most awesome brioche knit hat that the world has ever seen. Look how cute it is! (the hat and her!) I wanted to find out more about this unique design so I asked her a few questions. Check out what she says!

Heather: Out of all the yarns out there, why did you choose Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted yarn for this design?

Meaghan: Having had the chance to work with a wide array of yarns I have found that Wooly Worsted is delightfully forgiving and when it comes to learning a new knitting skill, especially brioche which has earned a reputation as a “scary” technique, you can’t ask for more than a forgiving yarn. Learning brioche, or any new knitting skill, can be stressful for even the most comfortable knitter; as a result we tend to get a tighter tension and, dare I say it… our hands get a bit sweaty. Ewe Ewe holds up to all of it - my first attempt at brioche using Wooly Worsted was a breeze. I ripped out swatch after swatch (after swatch) and still had a nice, smooth, non-pilled yarn to work with. It took a beating and still looked great.

Controlled Chaos brioche hat knitting pattern

Heather: Those colors look great together! How did you pick those three? Is there a trick to picking the right colors for this pattern?

Meaghan: I started out with that I knew: I love Aquamarine, it’s my absolute favorite color so I knew it had to be included. I wanted something really bright and punchy that would highlight the Aquamarine. After reading a color article about complementary colors I basically just followed the math - what was the complementary color to Aquamarine? Orange Peel! This gave me the highest contrast between the colors. As far as the neutral, I felt that the Aquamarine and Orange Peel were warm colors, and I wanted to stay in that palette so I chose the Wheat. I definitely recommend looking up what the complementary colors are for your favorite colors and working from there.

Controlled Chaos brioche hat knitting pattern

Heather: You seem like a brioche knitting guru! Do you have more info about how I can learn to knit brioche?

Meaghan: Most definitely! And all the videos are shot using Ewe Ewe Yarns, actually! I’ve created a set of videos on The Unapologetic Knitter YouTube channel. There are even a few videos that specifically relate to the Controlled Chaos hat. These tutorials will get any knitter off the ground and brioche-ing in no time: www.youtube.com/TheUnapologeticKnitterKnits

Heather: That's awesome and your videos are great! Seriously so clear and educational. Thanks for sharing all of this extra info about your gorgeous new hat pattern.  

Find the Controlled Chaos brioche hat knitting pattern on the unapologeticknitter.com. Follow Meaghan on Facebook and Instagram

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