A wholly brioche beanie knit from the brim up!
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Controlled Chaos - PDF Knitting Pattern


A wholly brioche beanie knit from the brim up!

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)

    • Adjust needle sizes as necessary to match gauge.

  • Stitch Marker


20” brim circumference, stretches to 23” (fits average woman's head)


15 sts and 22.5 rows = 4 inches in brioche rib after blocking


  • 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 crown 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: http://youtube.com/TheUnapologeticKnitterKnits

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A wholly brioche beanie knit from the brim up!

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