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Two-Color Brioche Hat

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:

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


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


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


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:

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.