BrioComfort Hat by Lesley Anne Robinson

BrioComfort Hat

Knitting
October 2019
Hue Loco Tweed DK
DK (11 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in even two-color brioche stitch in the round (taken after blocking)
US 4 - 3.5 mm
200 yards (183 m)
One Adult size: 20” / 51 cm circumference and 10” / 25.5 cm height (taken after blocking)
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BrioComfort Hat : An oversized color blocked slouchy hat, knit using a combination of One and Two-Color Brioche. This pattern is perfect for a brioche beginner wanting to learn!

If you are already signed up for the online course, do not buy this!! This pattern and the BrioComfort Shawl are both part of the course materials!

Join in on the BrioComfort KAL over in my Ravelry group!!

I have created this hat pattern as a great beginner brioche pattern. If you would like a more enhanced version of the pattern, as well as videos teaching you the techniques found in this pattern, please sign up for my online course, Mastering Brioche with Knit Graffiti! If you are already signed up for the online course, this pattern is part of the course materials!

Hue Loco has some kits available of the Tweed DK yarn I used in my main sample!

BrioComfort Hat kits

Skill level: Beginner Brioche friendly!!! Knitting one-color and two-color brioche in the round is a fantastic way to learn the technique and teach your hands the muscle memory of brioche knitting. Techniques used: knit, purl, knitting decreases, brioche knit (brk), brioche purl (brp), knitting in the round, Long Tail Tubular Cast On.

Construction Notes: This hat is knit completely in the round starting at the bottom of the brim and worked up to the top of the crown. You will begin with the Long Tail Tubular Cast On, which creates a beautifully machine-made look and is perfect for 1x1 ribbing, of which the brim is made. You will set up your hat with this large brim before moving on to One-Color Brioche. One-Color Brioche in the round is a fantastic way to learn, and is a great transition to Two-Color Brioche because you are brioche knitting AND brioche purling your stitches. After working One-Color Brioche briefly, you will work the remainder of the Hat Body using Two-Color Brioche. This is where it gets fascinating. Seeing the way the two colors work together to create this double-sided fabric is where the true magic of brioche knitting lies. You can better see the anatomy of the stitches, and knitting it in the round is a simpler way to learn because you are doing the same thing with each color yarn every time you work with it. When you reach the crown shaping, you will end your brioche knitting and finish up your hat with simple knit stitches and decreases.

One Adult size: 20” / 51 cm circumference and 10” / 25.5 cm height (taken after blocking)

MATERIALS:

Yarn: 200 yds / 182.5 m DK weight
Main Color (MC): 125 yds / 114 m
Contrast Color (CC): 75 yds / 68.5 m

Shown in: Main version
MC: 1 skein Hue Loco Tweed DK in Fleur (terracotta; 85% Superwash Merino wool, 15% Nylon NEP; 230 yds / 210 m per 100 g)
CC: 1 skein Hue Loco Tweed DK in Spruce (dark teal; 85% Superwash Merino wool, 15% Nylon NEP; 230 yds / 210 m per 100 g)

Shown in: Speckled version
MC: 1 skein Hue Loco Merino DK in Space Panda (cream speckled; 100% Superwash Merino wool; 230 yds / 210 m per 100 g)
CC: 1 skein Hue Loco Merino DK in Dirty Talk (gray speckled; 100% Superwash Merino wool; 230 yds / 210 m per 100 g)

Needles: 16” & 40” / 40.5 & 101.5 cm US 4 / 3.5 mm circular needles for Magic Loop method, or US 4 / 3.5 mm DPN’s OR size needed to obtain gauge.

Tools: tapestry needle, row counter, stitch marker for noting beginning of round

Gauge: 18 sts x 24 rows = 4” / 10 cm; measured in even two-color brioche stitch in the round (taken after blocking).

Many many thanks to Nicole Clark of Hue Loco for her sponsorship and yarn support for this design, as well as for Part One of my online course, Mastering Brioche with Knit Graffiti! I also want to thank my amazing Tech Editor, Meaghan Schmaltz, for her efforts and expertise, and for helping me with the name of this pattern!!