This simple hat was born out of experimenting with two color brioche. Most of the brioche hats I have seen worked in the round are worked from the brim upwards. I wanted to make this one in the opposite direction to use increases to create a pattern on the crown that reminds me of a starfruit. The brioche makes the hat stretchy.
Yarn: Any two worsted weight yarns. You will use less than 100g of each color to complete this project.
Shown in: De Rerum Natura Cyrano – Plume / Unknown Worsted/Aran Weight – White
Needles: US 8 (5mm) for main body of hat – US 6 (4mm) for brim of hat.
Gauge: 14 stitches X 20 rows = 4″ (10cm) in brioche pattern with larger needles, after blocking.
- Emily Ocker’s Circular Cast on Method
- Two-Color Brioche in the round – You should be familiar with normal brioche knitting terms. None are explained in detail in this pattern. It assumes you already have a working knowledge of brioche.
K – knit.
P – purl.
Brk – brioche knit – knit stitch together with the associated yarn over from the previous row.
Brkyobrk – brioche knit, yo, brioche knit – all into the same stitch. Brk1, leave the stitche on the needle, bring the yarn forward, then brk1 into the same stitch. 2 stitches increased.
Brp – brioche purl – purl stitch together with the associated yarn over from the previous row.
Sl1yo – slip one yarn over. Following a k or brk stitch – bring yarn forward, slip next stitch purlwise onto the right needle, work next stitch as indicated by pattern. Following a p or brp stitch – yarn is in front of work already, slip next stitch purlwise, bring yarn over the right needle and back to the front of the work in preparation for the next stitch as indicated by the pattern.
MC – Main Color.
CC – Contrast Color.
Using Emily Ocker’s circular cast on method and MC, cast on 12 stitches. Place marker to indicate the beginning of the round.
Row 1(MC): *k1, sl1yo* repeat to end of round. (12 stitches)
Row 2(CC): *sl1yo, p1* repeat to end of round. (12 stitches)
Row 1(MC): *brkyobrk, sl1yo* repeat to end of round. (24 stitches) (It helps to put markers before every increase stitch.
Row 2(CC): *sl1yo, brp1* repeat to the end of round. (24 stitches)
Repeat these two rows four more times. You will have a total of 72 stitches on your needles when you have completed the last increase.)
Row 1(MC): *brk1, sl1yo* repeat to end of round.
Row 2(CC): *sl1yo, brp1* repeat to end of round
Repeat these two rounds twenty-seven more times.
Switch to smaller needles at the beginning of this next round.
Row 1(CC): *brk1, sl1yo* repeat to end of round.
Row 2(CC): *sl1yo, brp1* repeat to end of round.
Repeat these two rounds ten more times.
Row 1(MC): *k1, p1* repeat to end of round.
Using a stretchy bind off method, bind off all stitches.
Weave in ends. Block.
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