Controlled Chaos by Meaghan Schmaltz

Controlled Chaos

July 2015
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
15 stitches and 22.5 rows = 4 inches
in brioche rib in the round
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
235 - 285 yards (215 - 261 m)
Brim: 20" circumference, stretches to 23" (fits average woman's head)
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The Story
This slouchy beanie is born out of my new found love of brioche. I love the shaping created by simple increases and decreases and the added visual complexity (though not-so to knit) of two colors.

While the pattern may look somewhat chaotic at first blush, as you delve further into the pattern you see that there’s actually a great deal of logic and control to the design.


  • Ewe Ewe Yarns Wooly Worsted (worsted weight; 100% superwash merino wool; 95 yds / 50g skein) 1 skein each of: Wheat (Color A, Ewe Ewe Yarns Color 92); Aquamarine (Color B, Ewe Ewe Yarns Color 70); Orange Peel (Color C, Ewe Ewe Yarns Color 25)
  • US 6 (4mm) 16” circular needle (or DPNs)
  • US 8 (5mm) 16“ circular needle (AND DPNs)
  • Stitch Marker


  • This hat is constructed in the round, from the brim up. A two-color cable cast-on is used to begin the hat and then is worked in brioche up through the grown of the hat.

  • Use circular needles for the construction of the hat until the circumference becomes too small; at this point switch to DPNs (or you may use DPNs for the entirety of the project).

  • This project uses the entire skein of Color B. To swatch it is recommended to use Color A.

  • I have created a collection of How To brioche videos on YouTube: