This hat is worked in the round from the bottom up, starting with the brim, changing needles and continuing with body part, ending with the crown. Two-colour brioche is unique and the result is like two different hats - you can wear both sides. Two-color brioche stitch creates a gorgeous reversible fabric. Using a variegated yarn is especially beautiful because the final effect looks like a rainbow.
This beanie is an average adult size version - if you want a shorter or bigger size – do more or fewer repeats, more rounds up or use larger/smaller needles.
Use 40cm/16” circular needles until the crown shaping and then switch over to DPNs.
YARN: Yarn: Malabrigo Rios (100% Superwash Merino Wool, 100gr / 3.6oz – 192m / 210yd).
MC yarn – Sunset (096); CC yarn – Reflecting Pool (133). Or use any other Aran or DK weight yarn.
Store Sample knit in Farmer's Daughter Juicy DK
YARN CONSUMPTION: 55gr / 2oz of each color, MC and CC. My beanie weighs exactly 110 gr / 4oz
NEEDLES: 40cm (16”) circular needle or DPNs (double pointed needles) size 3.00mm (US 2 ½) for ribbing and 3.5mm (US 4) for body.
SKILL LEVEL: Beginner.
TECHNIQUES USED: Two - colour brioche. Knitting and brioche stitch in the round, knitting, purling, (br4st dec , brk1, brp1, sl1yo).
FINISHED SIZE: average women’s size (beanie in the picture):
Depth – 22 cm (8.5“)
Circ – 44 cm (17.5“) Fits head approx. 57cm (22“)
Measurements taken unblocked. Hats shown have a 57cm / 22.5” head circumference.
OTHER TOOLS: Tapestry needle; scissors; round counter (if needed); stitch marker (if needed) for marking the beginning of the round.
GAUGE: 24 sts x 28 rows = 10cm / 4“ in two-color brioche stitch (using 3.5mm (US 4) needles)
Needle sizes are recommendations only. Always use needle size necessary to achieve given gauge (to save your time).
My personal knitting tension is tight. If yours isn’t, consider using perhaps 2.50mm (US 1 ½) for ribbing and 3.00mm (US 2 ½) needles for body.