Looking for a perfectly warm winter hat this year? Our gift to you today is a free knitting pattern for a simple hat in super squishy brioche rib that that'll look great on everyone! It makes a great beginner brioche project, or is an easy and gentle knit for more experienced knitters. It's named after our team member Daniel, who recently left to pursue a career in music production — we made this as a leaving gift for him.
This brioche rib beanie is stylish, unisex and the ideal one-skein gift project. The hat begins with casting on for the ribbed brim and you'll then work from the bottom up towards the crown that's perfect for a pom pom.
Shown, top to bottom: Adult M in Gilliatt; Adult L in Nightshades; Baby in Gilliatt.
The full pattern is provided below. If you want to learn more about brioche knitting, or prefer videos sign up to our Knit a Brioche Accessory Course, which features Daniel's Hat alongside 3 other stylish brioche projects.
Worsted weight yarn, 100[130, 155, 185, 210, 230] yds / 91[118, 142, 169, 192, 214] m
Shown in De Rerum Natura Gilliatt in 'Poivre et Sel' (Baby and Adult M) and Harrisville Nightshades in 'Insomnia' (Adult L)
20 sts and 36 rounds = 4"/10cm in 2x2 rib in the round
15 sts and 46 rounds (23 visible brk) = 4"/10cm in brioche rib in the round
Baby[Toddler, Child/Adult S, M, L, XL]
Finished Size: 14 1/2[16, 17 1/2, 19 1/4, 21, 22 1/2]"
Size A: US 8 / 5mm 16" / 40cm circular needle and dpns or your preferred method of knitting small circumferences in the rnd.
Size B: US 6 / 4mm 16" / 40cm circular needle, for brim
brk: k the st that was slipped in the previous row together with its yo
brp: p the st that was slipped in the previous row together with its yo
brLsl: sl1 brk knitwise, brk the following 2 sts and yarn over tog, pass slipped brk over (a L leaning double dec)
brRsl: sl1 knitwise, k next st, pass slipped st over, place stitch on left needle and pass second stitch over it (a R leaning double dec)
EOR: end of rnd
k2tog: knit 2 together (a R leaning dec)
p2tog: purl 2 together
pm: place marker
sl1yo: with yarn in front, sl next st, bring yarn to the back over the needle, then back to the front between needles. The sl st and yo are considered one st.
ssk: slip, slip, knit – sl 2 sts knitwise individually, insert L needle into slipped sts from L to R, k these 2 sts tog (a L leaning dec)
With needle size B cast on 72[80, 88, 96, 104, 112] sts. Shown with an alternating cable cast on for 2x2 rib. Join in round, place marker to mark EOR.
Work in 2x2 rib (k2, p2) until work measures 1 3/4[2, 2, 2 1/4, 2 1/2, 2 1/2]” / 4.5[5, 5, 5.5, 6.5, 6.5]cm from cast on edge when lightly stretched.
Next rnd: (k2tog, p2) to EOR. 54[60, 66, 72, 78, 84] sts.
Set up rnd: Switch to needle size A, (k1, sl1yo) to EOR.
Rnd 1: (sl1yo, brp) to EOR.
Rnd 2: (brk, sl1yo) to EOR.
Rep last 2 rnds until brioche section measures 4 1/4[5, 5 1/2, 6, 6 1/4, 6 1/2]" / 10.5[12.5, 14, 15, 15.5, 16.5]cm.
Next rnd, place markers for decreases: *(sl1yo, brp) 9[10, 11, 12, 13, 14] times, pm, rep from * twice more.
How to Decrease in Brioche - BrLsl (a left leaning double decrease)
1. Ready to work a BrLsl at the beginning of the round.
2. Slip the next stitch, together with its yarn over, knitwise.
3. Knit the 2nd stitch on the left needle, and its yarn over, together with the first stitch on the left needle.
4. Pass slipped stitch, together with its yarn over, over the stitch and off the needle.
BrRsl (a right leaning double decrease)
1. Slip the first stitch and its yarn over knitwise.
2. Knit the next stitch and pass the slipped stitch, together with its yarn over, over it and off the needle.
3. Slip the stitch back to the left needle.
4. Slip the second stitch on the left needle, together with its yarn over, over the first and off the needle.
5. Here's the completed BrRsl on the left needle tip.
6. Slip the completed decrease to the right needle to finish.
Decrease rnd: *BrLsl, sl1yo, (brk, sl1yo) to 4 sts before m, BrRsl, sl1yo, slm, rep from * twice more. 12 sts decreased.
Next rnd: (sl1yo, brp) to EOR, slipping markers as you come to them.
Rep last 2 rnds 2[3, 3, 4, 4, 5] more times. 18[12, 18, 12, 18, 12] sts rem.
Sizes Baby, Child/Adult S, Adult L only:
Next rnd: *brk, sl1yo, BrRsl, sl1yo, slm, rep from * twice more. 12 sts rem.
ALL sizes: Next rnd: (sl1 with yarn in back, brp) to end.
Break yarn and draw through 12 remaining sts, going around all sts twice. Pull up tightly and fasten securely on inside. Weave in ends and block.
Optional: make pom-pom from leftover yarn and sew to hat securely.