Bradley Hat by Jane Ellison

Bradley Hat

September 2021
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
27 stitches and 46 rows = 4 inches
in brick pattern
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
328 yards (300 m)
to fit head circumference 52cm to 58cm
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I love designing simple, easy to knit patterns that might look complicated to the beginner but are very easy to knit. And for the experienced knitter? I like to create simple patterns as refreshers in-between complicated patterns or mindless knitting, to sit with and relax and switch off.

For this pattern I used:
Yarn & Amounts:
One 25g ball each of Jamieson’s Spindrift in shade A (Charcoal 126 ), shade B (Heron 315) and shade C (Steel 320).

My design ideas and advice: This is the Bradley Hat, a simple colourwork hat. It uses my favourite type of colour work - the simple slip stitch technique so you are only ever using one colour in the row. It is worked in pieces and then sewn together.

I like to give names to my patterns that relate to the pattern in some way. For me this simple slip stitch pattern remains me of brickwork. So I looked in to the history of brick making in Yorkshire and found there was a Victorian company from Wakefield that specialised in manufacturing braickmaking machinery. They were called Bradley & Craven Ltd.
I chose the Jamieson’s yarn because of it’s history. It is a Shetland yarn that is exactly that, the fleece is grown, sheared and spun on the Shetland Islands. Something that is close to my heart and I love that the craft is still continuing today.