Classic Elite Yarns



Issue 430 • Blackthorn Brioche Beanie

Brioche Beanie

As most everyone at the Classic Elite lunch table knows, I've gone a bit crazy with Brioche knitting lately. I've taught a couple of classes and have read most everything I can get my hands on. This hat is my second effort at this design and I love how the Blackthorn yarn pairs with Brioche rib for an amazingly "smooshy" fabric. I'm still having to be a bit careful with the knit three together decrease, as it is worked over five strands, but this hat is going to be a favorite knit for me.


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MountainTop Blackthorn

50% wool, 50% superfine alpaca
  • 3-3½ sts/inch on US 11-1½0 (8-6.5 mm) needles
  • 120 yards/100 gram hank
  • handwash cold/dry flat
  • 8 naturally undyed shades

Undyed alpaca and wool merge in a plump, squishy 100 gram hank of fiber scrumptiousness! Part of the MountainTop Collection of yarns spun from natural, undyed fibers, Blackthorn is the soft, chunky counterpart to worsted-weight Vista. The superfine alpaca makes pieces soft and warm, while the wool lends it strength.

Introducing Dryad

Debuting today! Dryad is an a-line raglan cardigan with Intarsia color blocking. The lower body and sleeves are worked separately to the underarms, then joined for working the raglan yoke in one piece to the neck edge.

In addition to January's monthly pattern collection Wooded Glen, we will be introducing a brand new PDF pattern each week along with our free Web-Letter patterns for the month of January. That's an additional four patterns to inspire your spring knitting!


100% Organic Cotton

  • 4½ sts/inch on US 7 (4.5 mm) needles
  • 110 yards/50 gram hank
  • machine wash gentle, cold
  • 21 solid and 16 handpainted shades

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