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Two-Color Basic Brioche Hat

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Two-Color Basic Brioche Hat

Category: Hats
Technique: Brioche Knitting
Yarn Weight: Aran (8 wpi)

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Two-color basic brioche hat
Two-color brioche hat pattern with Chinese Waitress Cast-On edge

This basic Brioche hat is great for learning two-color brioche in the round. It features a no-roll brim that uses the Chinese Waitress Cast-On. The hat is reversible with perfect overlapping decreases at the crown.

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Pattern Details

  • Sizes: One size
  • Finished Measurements: Finished size: 8 in. deep, 18 1/2 in. around unstretched. Stretches to fit a head up to 23 in. around.
  • Yarn Weight: Aran (8 wpi)


  • Yarn: 55 yds. (50 m) aran- or worsted-weight yarn in two colors DC (dark color) and LC (light color).
  • Recommended Yarn: 55 yds. (50 m) Malabrigo Twist
  • Needles: 2 pairs circular needles, 40-47 inches
  • Needle size: US size 7 (4.5 mm) and 5 (3.75 mm)
  • Notions: Measuring tape, tapestry needle, scissors

Shown: Blue and Green Hat: Malabrigo Twist in Lettuce (37) (DC) and Teal Feather (412) (DC); Red and Blue Hat: Malabrigo Twist in Stonechat (173) (LC) and Azul Profundo (150) (DC).

Pattern Notes

KnitFreedom's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.

Recommended Course: Brioche Knitting

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Brioche stitch makes a double-sided fabric that looks similar to ribbing but is easier to do in two colors. Once you know the brioche stitch you can make any knitted garment using it, be it hats, sweaters, scarves, and more.

Anyone can learn to knit one- and two-color brioche with our proven step-by-step video courses. And because Brioche is a little complicated, the simplicity of KnitFreedom's videos really make a difference when you are learning this new technique.

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Published December 11, 2018
Last Updated: September 21, 2021 - Current Version: 3.3
Update notes: Added a link to the Brioche class

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  1. I worked the surfers delight hat up to the decreases. The pattern rounds are described completely different than the instructions written out for the ssk decrease. I can’t watch the video, because I didn’t pay the money, but I thought the pattern was free. Do I follow the ssk’s video written instructions, or follow each row of the pattern. Cause the written instructions say a brioche ssk is done over 3 rounds. I’m very confused, and completely stuck on the decrease section. Can you help please?

    1. Hi Tristan!

      This is KnitFreedom’s Knitting Expert here to help with your question. To finish your hat, follow the written instructions of the pattern for the decrease section. Unlike a typical SSK, decreasing in brioche works a little differently due to the BRK and BRP stitches (which is why the decrease rounds are in a 4 row repeat rather than a typical two-row repeat). If you follow the pattern as is you’ll be finished in no time :) If you’re curious to know more about the “why” behind the brioche decreases, you can always enroll in our Brioche course to learn more.

      Hope this helps. Thanks for reaching out and have a great rest of your day!

  2. Hi, Thank you for providing this pattern and such clear instructions. I do have a question. I am woking with a 16″ circular needle. When you state “If not using Magic Loop, proceed to the directions below, preparing to work in the round. You will join the round as you KNIT the first stitch with the working yarn.” Does this mean Round 1 (LC) is worked flat and the joining of the round is done in Round 2 (DC)?
    Thank you,

  3. You taught me Chinese waitress cast on and I use almost all the time, even neat cast-on thank you again for everything you taught and still teach me

    1. Hi Peggy, right under “Pattern Instructions” at the top, under “CAST ON,” it says to cast on 64 sts using the Chinese Waitress Cast-On. There is a link to the Chinese Waitress Cast-On as well. I hope this helps!

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