Happy Valentine's Day!
I knit with a great group of women once a month. They like learning new stitches, so last month we worked on a fairly straight forward brioche stitch found in Barbara G Walker's Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns - Fluffy Brioche. I picked it mainly because of the name, but also because it's only worked over 2 rows in one color. Before long the group was churning out swatches of Fluffy Brioche. The stitch has a great texture, and quite a bit of horizontal stretch. Fun sure, but the question around the table was "what's it good for?"
Well, hats for one thing. I worked up this hat in 2 colors of a super bulky yarn (Sensation's Sumptuous), modifying the original Fluffy Brioche to be worked in 2 colors and in the round. The result of working the red as the Main Color was surprising - little puffy hearts spiraling around the hat. I've posted a complimentary pattern for this hat over on the right hand side of the blog - Hearts A Bustin Hat.
It is a quick knit in super bulky and would work really well in Malabrigo Rasta. You only need about 40-45 yds of each color. I made 2 hats out of 2, 86-yd skeins (red and cream). The hat has just enough slouch to be comfy but not too heavy. Sized to fit 20-22" heads. But it's an easy pattern to change sizes, just cast on more or less stitches in multiples of 4.
I hope you give this hat a try - it's a quick knit and makes for a fun hat. If you make it up, please post photos on Ravelry. Can't wait to see how it works up in other colors.
Incidentally, Nancy Marchant has designed a very cute top using a derivation of this stitch pattern zomertijd. In her version, she uses 2 differnt needle sizes to create even more texture.