…and it can be made extra big and/or extra colorful if you want…
…and there are HIDDEN GOATS!!
Goooaaattttsss. Goatsgoatsgoatsgoatsgoats. Three different goaty goat heads!
(There are non-goat cables also.)
I recommend wearing it while visiting your local goat friends.
There’s a little guy with little horns and a beard, a longer-faced guy with long, twisty horns, and a four-horned dude with small bottom horns and curving top horns. I made a goaty mosaic just for fun, to show the different goat styles. These goat cable patterns were adapted from an awesome original non-brioche goat cable design by Cyn, available for free on her Half-Assed Knit Blog. Many thanks to Cyn!
This is the first pattern in a new trio – the leethal Dark Trio (on ravelry here). It will be 3 different gender-neutral accessories, each with some kind of hidden evil! First, you get evil hidden goats in Jonathan, and then Warren and Andrew will come within the next couple months! (All will have not-so-evil options, and the evil will be subtle, kind of; don’t expect like a big 666 across your forehead or anything like that!)
So, more about Jonathan! You can choose how wide you want your piece by picking your yarn weight accordingly – worsted weight will make a nice standard, wide-ish scarf (around 8-9 inches). The navy+grey sample is in aran weight (Berroco Remix). Use a bulky weight for an extra wide wrap-style item, like my bulky sample, which is in Cascade Eco+ held double for the main color, with lots of different bulky yarns used for the changing contrasting colors (it’s about 13.5 inches wide).
I made a swatch in sport weight (Brown Sheep Lanaloft), with the non-goat cable pattern, and it ended up about 7.5 inches / 19 cm wide, a decent scarf width, if you like your scarves more narrow. So choose your weight as you like! Anything goes! I mean, anything goats? Sorry.
Then once you choose your yarn and start knitting, you can pick from the three different goat patterns, plus the non-goat pattern, which can all be used in any order. The navy+grey sample has goat #1, goat #2, goat #3, then a wee bit of the non-goat pattern at the top until the yarn ran out. The bulky sample just has goat #2 on the end, then the non-goat cable pattern for the whole rest of the piece, until the main color yarn ran out.
There are very detailed instructions for how to do 2-color brioche, so if you’ve never done brioche before, even if you don’t know anything about it at all, you’re all set. The pattern breaks everything down for you, and there are photos to help. (I will quote one of my test knitters: First time with brioche, and I’m loving it! When I first saw it I thought, “there is no way I’m going to be able to do that” but it is reading fine, and the pics help too, and I’m really enjoying the knit :) it’s almost relaxing!)
And then there are photo tutorials for the cables as well; the cables in brioche are basically the same as normal cables with a cable needle, you just work the stitches in the brioche stitch pattern. The cable patterns are all written and charted, so you can use whichever is easier for you.
Of course, you can get different looks depending on the kind of yarn you use – brioche is naturally squishy, but my navy+grey sample actually has minimal squishiness because of the nylon/cotton/acrylic/silk/linen fiber blend. Still looks nice, just not so springy. The bulky sample is super squishy, both because of the fiber content (mostly all wool) and the bulky weight worked at a tight gauge.
Check out the scarves made by my fabulous test knitters – they used a variety of different weights and yarn types. Thanks test knitters, you are the best!!
If you have a metalhead loved one in your life, or just someone who loves goats, or scarves, you still have time to knit some goats before Christmas! And speaking of the holiday season, since everyone has sales on the brain right now, through the end of Thanksgiving weekend (until the end of the day on Monday, December 1st) you can get 25% off this pattern with the coupon code holidaybrioche (on my site or on ravelry). This discount is only good for the individual pattern (the trio price is still the best deal, if you’re going to want other evil patterns!).
And I’ll leave you with this guy’s face. Happy holidays, knitters!