Knitted | Bray Hat by Brooklyn Tweed

Grainline Studio | Bray Hat

Fall has arrived, let the knitting posts commence! I was seriously drooling when the Autumn ’13 Brooklyn Tweed patterns came out, those colors, the photography, the cables! Talk about a company that has their branding on point. Anyway, I totally fell in love with the Bray hat and Stonecutter sweater. Hard. I haven’t knit anything besides socks in a while so I figured I needed a little something to warm up with before I got down to business on the Stonecutter.

Grainline Studio | Bray Hat

Enter the Bray hat. This little guy is knit up with Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in the Wool Socks colorway. I was expecting the cables to be a lot tricksier than they were, I was pretty surprised to find the cable pattern relatively easy to memorize and actually fun to do! The last heavily cabled project I attempted was a Debbie Bliss pattern and that shit just never became memorizable to me, even over an entire sweater. Then moths ate the sweater before I finished so that project was doomed.

Grainline Studio | Bray Hat

I love love love the color of this yarn, the only thing I was surprised about is how easily this yarn breaks. Seriously this yarn breaks like nobody’s business. I’m a pretty loose knitter and broke it doing a 3×3 cable passover as well as breaking the yarn a few times while pulling it out of the center pull ball I wound. Nothing like this has ever happened to me before. It makes me a little nervous about knitting an entire sweater out of it but if the Brooklyn Tweed people tell me it’s going to work I’m going to roll with it and see what happens.

Grainline Studio | Bray Hat

Ravelry Link
Pattern | Bray by Brooklyn Tweed
Yarn | Shelter by Brooklyn Tweed in Wool Socks
Sweater | Madewell
Necklace | Aurora by Native Clutter
Ring | Apex by Cursive Design

Anyway now that Bray has been completed the task of Stonecutter awaits. Stephanie and I are knitting this sucker together, I’m not sure if I’m supposed to be admitting this in public (sorry Steph!!) but secrets out – we’re completely insane. Actually I’m insane because that girl can knit circles around me, did you see her Kaari she just posted? Yeah. I’m in trouble.

29 replies on “Knitted | Bray Hat by Brooklyn Tweed

  • Katie Emma

    Cute hat! I have knit 3 sweaters out of Shelter and I think the yarn only broke once, while seaming. I have pretty average tension, so I think you kind of adapt to being gentler as you knit with it. Good luck!

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    • jen | grainline

      That’s good to know! I almost feel like the one skein I was using was really prone to breaking because I knit the entire first skein through with no breakage, then on the last 7 rows I was in breakage hell with the second skein.

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  • sallie

    Oh my god I love this hat!! I am determined to learn to knit this winter and I had originally picked out this hat as my starter (umm… yeah… my sister wisely talked me out of that) because I’m SO in love with the Brooklyn Tweed Fall 13 line! The Stonecutter sweater is seriously swoon-y. Actually, that’s what I WANT to knit, but I’ll try to be patient… Can. Not. Wait. to see yours and Steph’s Stonecutters!

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    • jen | grainline

      Hahaha that’d have been quite a starter project! Cables and lace totally aren’t hard at all but they’re way easier when you’ve got knitting and purling down 😉 You’re a seriously skilled lady, I have no doubt you’ll be making a Stonecutter in no time flat!

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    • jen | grainline

      Seriously, there are so many things I want to knit out of there. I actually kind of want to also just be the model wearing the Stonecutter…hahaha! You totally need to do a little selfish knitting, how else are you going to stay motivated ;)!

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  • beththais

    So, Stonecutter. I’m a little more than halfway through and I have to say: it’s a completely brilliant pattern. Every tubular cast on on earth is fiddly, and there’s no memorizing that big center cable, but the other cables fall neatly into the pattern and it’s neat and clean and brilliant. Plus, the bias cables take care of the waist shaping for you, so the front and back are knit in one piece to the underarm with NO SHAPING. Life changer.

    Can’t wait to see yours 🙂 Your Bray is gorgeous.

    P.S. They just updated the pattern and caught a few decent errors– make sure you have the latest!

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    • jen | grainline

      You have no idea how happy I am to hear this!! I was really impressed with how easily Bray knit up especially after losing my place on my Debbie Bliss disaster so many times. Tubular cast ons are a pain in the ass but SO worth the effort when you’re spending this much time on a sweater. I’m pretty terrified of all the charts in charts in charts though…

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  • Stephanie

    It’s sooooo gorgeous!! I wish I would’ve done a warm-up project too. And omg, I’m freaking out. There are no circles being run around here. Ha haha, I think it’s good that it’s public information since all I’ll have are progress posts for the next five years. Oooh, I’m reading the above comments and feeling much better actually. I think we’re going to be ok.

    Thanks for the links girl!

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  • Stephanie

    Is it weird if i do a knit along with you? Nothing like knitting with a total stranger, who commented on your blog right???? right!! I’m scared of this pattern but after seeing some of the finished projects on ravelry, I’m ready!!!! ( and by ready, I mean I’m ready to buy more yarn!! woo!!)

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    • jen | grainline

      Totally do it! We have no schedule or plan, just that we’re both making it, but we could perhaps do some sort of check in or something. I’m kind of bad at planning things like this. Time to buy some yarnnnnnn!!!

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  • Ping

    The stonecutter is next on my list as soon as I decide what color I want to knit it in! Or rather, what color I want to stare at for the next several weeks.. Haha can’t wait to see yours!

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    • jen | grainline

      Damn girl, we were thinking we’ll be staring at this sweater for the next several years, hahaha! You are kind of the queen of cables though…I saw that last post 😉 Can’t wait to see what color you pick. So many Stonecutters happening soon!!!!

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      • Ping

        Hehe I might be a bit optimistic. Just picked out a lovely pale grey wool though (super original, I know) so I’ll be joining you ladies in spirit as soon as it arrives! 🙂

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  • Sara

    i’ve definitely heard all of brooklyn tweed’s yarns are breakage-prone. too bad. i would not be happy as it’s not an inexpensive yarn. i think i’d be better off spinning my own (as if i had time to do that!) is it itchy?

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  • emily marie

    AHHH, I want it! Perfect amount of slouch and amazing detail. Seriously next on my list; all of my 16″ circulars have hats on them now! I bought the BT Forge hat pattern before I realized my interchangeables didn’t have a 16″ cable (it’s shaped with needle size and needs ALL THE SIZES). Looking forward to seeing yours and Steph’s sweater progress so I can live vicariously through you, I don’t think I’m at that level yet!

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  • nettie

    It’s soooo purty!!! I love the color and your cables are so gorgeous and perfect! I should have done this one instead of Gretel. I am in cable making purgatory!!

    Also, that Kaari kicks ass!!

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  • Lily

    I’ve knit a few projects with Brooklyn Tweed yarn – and yes it does break easily. Only because it is woolen spun (instead of worsted spun) which is what makes it so warm, yet light and airy. I think it’s worth it though! Can’t wait to see your Stonecutter!

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  • symondezyn

    Love the hat!! I just started knitting a couple months ago, and have knit a basic sweater and some hats, fingerless gloves, etc, but haven’t tried socks or cables yet… they’re coming up on my want-to-do list though! I’m knitting Jane Richmond’s Renfrew hat right now which has a “mock” cable pattern and it is making me feel very sophisticated a knitter, let me tell you LOL.

    I’m looking forward to seeing yours and Stephanie’s Stonecutters – I loved her Kaari, and I’m sure you’ll both knock it out of the park! 🙂

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