Birthday Cake Hat

Let’s step away from the actual work for a moment here. Put it down on the ground and slide it away. Everything is going to be fine.

For me, the past month has been a bit confusing with striking lecturers and snow days. There’s been good days but I’ve been meandering along trying to keep up with changing deadlines. As of yesterday, work has been submitted and I’m free to think of knitting! Come join me?

This month, I turned in my Birthday Cake hat for the Harry Potter Knitting and Crochet House Cup. I’m a Hufflepuff in this Ravelry based game, which is at odds with where I usually get sorted, but I like the community. It’s a simple target – craft one thing for a class each month. There’s plenty of prompts to chose from but it’s a great motivator as you have to finish something each month.


The prompt was buck the system and craft something without using a pattern (or heavily editing a pattern). The organisers clarified that you could create your own pattern and that would count too, and I was off.

I had seen the lovely Fluffy Brioche Hat from Purl Soho a while back and loved the way it looked. But I wanted a hat out of fingering weight yarn. I realised that what I actually wanted was a brioche version of the Sockhead Slouch Hat by Kelly McClure but with brioche for added warmth and slouch.

I checked and checked Ravelry but I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for, so I made it up myself.

This is what I ended up with:


The yarn is emilou Merino Finezza in Rainbow Speckles. Knit up, I thought it looked like Birthday Cake ice cream and named it as such. I’m a tiny bit proud!

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