Not only did I get to test Braddock, a new hat pattern from Christina Danaee of Appalachian Knits, but I also got to hike and hang out with my friend Katy of Katy Sergent Photography! She was trying out a new lens and I was lucky enough to be her guinea pig! The photos my husband so graciously takes for me aren’t too shabby, but these are far superior to my normal FO pics! Thanks again for the incredible photos, Katy!

As irritated as I am that it was 70 degrees in February… I’m so glad I got the opportunity to make this hike and take in some killer views at the end!

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The photos pretty much speak for themselves (i.e. this hat is awesome!), but here are a few thoughts!

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This was my first long-tail tubular cast on in the round and, though mine is not perfect, I think it makes a beautiful edge. It’s definitely worth the extra effort!

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Christina’s sample has a nice folded brim. I knit it as written and blocked pretty aggressively, but, for me, I like it better worn unfolded and slightly slouchy. When folded, it was just a bit short for my personal taste! If I were to knit again and wanted a folded brim, I would do one more repeat of the chart before beginning the decreases.

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Oh, I have to mention the yarn! Oh. my gosh. this yarn. swoon. It’s Magpie Fibers Swanky DK in the colorway Harpoon. Not only is it a pleasure to knit with and wear, but the stitch definition is insane. There’s also plenty of yarn left for a nice pom pom, but I opted to not add one this time (I just love it so much without)! Christina picked the perfect yarn for this hat! It will most definitely not be my last skein. PS – I picked it up in my favorite yarn shop ever Black Mountain Yarn Shop <3

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Being a girl from the Appalachian region myself, I just love what Christina and her friend Jennifer are doing with this collection. I feel like each design is a nod to the beautiful mountains that we call home. This was a quick knit and I would love to make one (or two, or three…) more for friends! Go grab you a copy… I promise you won’t be disappointed!

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