Two-Color Brioche Hat

April 16, 2008

To find out how this hat came to be, click here.

This is a fun hat: it’s relatively easy to make and it looks great. If you’ve never knitted anything in the round – no fear. It’s not that different from regular back and forth knitting except that you use 5 needles instead of 2. The greatest thing is that after you knit your last stitch you will end up with a ready to wear hat, no sewing required. I loved making this hat and will probably make many more hats in the round from now on.

Yarn and Needles

For this hat I used dark blue and off-white color yarns, but you’re welcome to use any 2 colors that look good together. I was going for something contrasting(but also was using up the leftover yarn from other knitting projects). You will need:

  • 1 skein (100 g) each of dark and light (or any 2 colors) sport weight yarn
  • 2 regular needles size US 2
  • 5 double-pointed needles (I prefer metal ones) size US 2

Note: You will only use a part of each skein, so you have enough yarn to make 2 or 3 hats.

Pattern

There is only one basic pattern you will need for this hat – the brioche stitch in the round:

  • Round 1 (light yarn): *sl 1, yo, p2tog (the previous row’s sl stitch and yo)*; repeat from * to * to the end
  • Round 2 (dark yarn): *k2tog (the previous row’s sl stitch and yo), sl 1, yo*; repeat from * to * to the end

Gauge

16 stitches x 46 rounds = 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4 inches)
The measurements provided will make a hat that fits a 59-61 cm (23-24 inch) head

Process

Cast on 96 stitches (always use an even number of stitches for this pattern, and it’s advisable that you use the number of stitches divisible by 8 so that you have the same even number of stitches on each of the 4 needles) on the regular needles using two-strand tubular cast-on. Move the stitches to 4 double-pointed needles, 24 stitches per needle. To join the beginning and the end stitches, simply knit the first stitch of the next row with the strand of yarn hanging off of the last stitch of the first row.

Set-up round (dark yarn): *k1, sl 1, yo*; repeat from * to * to the end
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 of the pattern until the hat measures 23 cm (9 inches), finishing with round 1.

Start shaping the crown of the hat:

  • Crown round 1 (dark yarn): *[k2tog, sl 1, yo] repeat 4 times, k2tog, k3tog (the next sl stitch, yo, and the following stitch – knit all 3 stitches through the front of their loops, starting with the 3rd one), sl 1, yo, k3tog (slide the next sl stitch and its yo and return them on the left needle turning them around, knit 3 stitches through the back of their loops starting with the 1st one), [k2tog, sl 1, yo] repeat 4 times*; repeat from * to * on the next 3 needles.
  • Crown round 2 (light yarn): work as described in round 1 of the pattern. When you come to 2 dark stitches next to each other, do this: sl 2, yo (make one yo for these 2 stitches).
  • Crown round 3 (dark yarn): work as described in round 2 of the pattern. When you come to the 2 dark stitches and their 1 yo, do this: k2tog (the first dark stitch and yo), k1 (the second dark stitch).
  • Crown round 4 (light yarn): repeat crown round 2.
  • Crown round 5 (dark yarn): *[k2tog, sl 1, yo] repeat 4 times, k3tog (the next sl stitch, yo, and the following stitch – knit all 3 stitches through the front of their loops, starting with the 3rd one), sl 1, yo, k3tog (slide the next 3 stitches and return them on the needle starting with yo and turning them around, knit through the back of their loops), [k2tog, sl 1, yo] repeat 4 times*; repeat from * to * on the next 3 needles.
  • Crown round 6 (light yarn): work as described in round 1 of the pattern.
  • Crown round 7 (dark yarn): work as described in round 2 of the pattern.
  • Crown round 8 (light yarn): work as described in round 1 of the pattern.
  • Crown round 9 (dark yarn): *[k2tog, sl 1, yo] repeat 3 times, k2tog, k3tog (as in Crown round 1), sl 1, yo, k3tog (as in Crown round 1), [k2tog, sl 1, yo] repeat 3 times*; repeat from * to * on the next 3 needles.
  • Crown round 10 (light yarn): repeat crown round 2.
  • Crown round 11 (dark yarn): repeat crown round 3.
  • Crown round 12 (light yarn): repeat crown round 2.
  • Crown round 13 (dark yarn): *[k2tog, sl 1, yo] repeat 3 times, k3tog (as in Crown round 5), sl 1, yo, k3tog (as in Crown round 5), [k2tog, sl 1, yo] repeat 3 times*; repeat from * to * on the next 3 needles.
  • Crown round 14 (light yarn): work as described in round 1 of the pattern.
  • Crown round 15 (dark yarn): work as described in round 2 of the pattern.
  • Crown round 16 (light yarn): work as described in round 1 of the pattern.
  • Crown round 17 (dark yarn): *[k2tog, sl 1, yo] repeat 2 times, k2tog, k3tog (as in Crown round 1), sl 1, yo, k3tog (as in Crown round 1), [k2tog, sl 1, yo] repeat 2 times*; repeat from * to * on the next 3 needles.
  • Crown round 18 (light yarn): repeat crown round 2.
  • Crown round 19 (dark yarn): repeat crown round 3.
  • Crown round 20 (light yarn): repeat crown round 2.
  • Crown round 21 (dark yarn): *[k2tog, sl 1, yo] repeat 3 times, k3tog (as in Crown round 5), sl 1, yo, k3tog (as in Crown round 5), [k2tog, sl 1, yo] repeat 2 times*; repeat from * to * on the next 3 needles.
  • Crown round 22 (light yarn): work as described in round 1 of the pattern.
  • Crown round 23 (dark yarn): work as described in round 2 of the pattern.
  • Crown round 24 (light yarn): work as described in round 1 of the pattern.
  • Crown round 25 (dark yarn): *k2tog, sl 1, yo, k2tog, k3tog (as in Crown round 1), sl 1, yo, k3tog (as in Crown round 1), k2tog, sl 1, yo*; repeat from * to * on the next 3 needles.
  • Crown round 26 (light yarn): repeat crown round 2.
  • Crown round 27 (dark yarn): repeat crown round 3.
  • Crown round 28 (light yarn): repeat crown round 2.
  • Crown round 29 (dark yarn): *k2tog, sl 1, yo, k3tog (as in Crown round 5), sl 1, yo, k3tog (as in Crown round 5), k2tog, sl 1, yo*; repeat from * to * on the next 3 needles.
  • Crown round 30 (light yarn): work as described in round 1 of the pattern.
  • Crown round 31 (dark yarn): work as described in round 2 of the pattern.
  • Crown round 32 (light yarn): work as described in round 1 of the pattern.
  • Crown round 33 (dark yarn): *k2tog, k3tog (as in Crown round 1), sl 1, yo, k3tog (as in Crown round 1), k2tog, sl 1, yo*; repeat from * to * on the next 3 needles.
  • Crown round 34 (light yarn): *sl 2, yo, p2tog, sl 2, yo p2tog*; repeat from * to * on the next 3 needles.
  • Crown round 35 (dark yarn): *k3tog, (as in Crown round 5), sl 1, yo, k3tog (as in Crown round 5), sl 1, yo*; repeat from * to * on the next 3 needles.
  • Crown round 36 (light yarn): *sl 1, yo, p2tog, sl 1, yo p2tog*; repeat from * to * on the next 3 needles.
  • Crown round 37 (dark yarn): *k3tog,k3tog (as in Crown round 1)*; repeat from * to * on the next 3 needles.

You will now have 8 stitches left (2 on each needle). Break both yarns and draw the ends through the 8 stitches starting with the beginning needle. Pull the ends inside through the little hole at the very top of the hat and secure them. Weave in the ends of the yarns from the cast-on row.

Finishing the hat

Fold the bottom 5 cm (2 inches) of the hat to make a cuffed brim and stitch the top of the brim to the hat so it doesn’t unfold.

Comments

[...] had been eying a brioche hat design for about a year and a half before I actually tried to make it. I had made a few plain [...]

posted on July 8, 2008 by Yana Knits » Blog Archive » Brioche Hat - The Beginning

[...] patttern source: http://www.yanaknits.com/projects/two-color-brioche-hat/ [...]

posted on February 8, 2009 by Guy hats « Pascale’s Points

I love this pattern and can’t wait to make it.
Just thought I would mention that the last crown round is numbered Crown round 34 (light yarn) which seems wrong. Should it be 37, dark yarn? What do I know, I’m a rookie.
Thanks for the pattern though.

posted on December 4, 2009 by schnitts

You’re absolutely right! Copy & paste problem :) All fixed now.

posted on December 5, 2009 by Yana

Hi Yana,

I can’t get the decreases right – how can crown round 1 and 5 be identical, if you’ve decreased stitches in the earlier rounds??

Hope to hear from you!

Groetjes, Kipstrik

posted on December 25, 2009 by Kipstrik

Thank you for pointing it out, Kipstrik. I fixed the instructions. You’re welcome to post the ones you came up with.

Yana

posted on December 27, 2009 by Yana

Dear Yana

Beautiful hat and Brioche a facinating stitch.

I am almost 60 years old and was taught by my dad to knit many years ago. With health, kids, many moves, work etc my knitting was one of many loved pass times that fell by the way.

In the last one to two years however I have picked it up again, doing baby toques and mitts for the newborns at our tiny hospital. (I am a paramedic).

Brioche is a new stitch for me and I found it very difficult to wrap my brain around. Didn’t feel so bad when reading comments from others about how hard they were finding it. But I stuck with it and have now mastered it, last nite……even doing about 3 inches of 2 color (pink and white) it is beautiful.

I was hopping back and forth between two sites yours (with the (darkblue and off white) and megan.cc and noticed a possible miss print in yours that threw me……… it is the K row with the light yarn, the sl1,yo did not give me the set up for K2tog. I struggled and than did a comparison and found the other site instructs (yo,sl1,,K2tog) I tried that and BINGO I was back in business…yours instructs (sl1,yo).

I would hate for anyone to give up on the stitch because they have not searched enough to single this out.
I just thought you should know. And if I am missing an opportunity to do the stitch and have it work out let me know I will try it again. :)

Knitting again (with two colors thanks to you)
Cathy Allen

posted on January 28, 2010 by cathy Allen

What a lovely hat! I looks awesome- I will have to add it to my list of thing to make. Thanks for sharing the pattern.
~Cynthia

posted on February 10, 2010 by Cynthia

Hi, I don’t speak english, but I can to follow the patter, but I have a doubt, how cast on the two colors?can I to see a video? thank you very much

posted on April 3, 2010 by Lourdes Alvarado