Closing in

One reversible brioche stitch hat: finished. Check it!

perfect decreases!
Peep those perfect decreases!

The decreases turned out exactly as I’d hoped. I also like that the hat construction has a pleasing symmetry to it: the hat is 64 stitches around, there are 32 rounds before the decreases, and the decreases are worked four times per round over four stitches. It’s also reversible, meaning it has two sides. It’s nerdy, but damn I love powers of two!

The hat itself is super easy to make, once you get used to the whole brioche thing. The decreases take a bit of concentration at first, because each decrease has to be set up on the previous round to get that nice, neat spiral, but they’re not so bad. I managed to get through the whole hat without consulting my notes, so it’s pretty easy.

I took copious notes while making this, so I think there’s a real possibility that I could write a legible pattern for this.

[And here it is! Check out the pattern, “Double Dutch,” on Ravelry!]

18 thoughts on “Closing in”

  1. This is gorgeous! I love the spiral. I learned to knit continental a few years ago just so I could knit 2 color fair isle at the same time but never got to use the skill. I would love to try the hat pattern!

  2. OK, I am sooo getting it now. I felt like a bit of an uncoordinated moron last night but today I picked it up and it felt much more natural. Especially after I fixed my VERY stupid error after a few rows. I was concentrating so hard on the yarn-in-two-hands thing that I had them working in mirror image. That meant I was wrapping my knit stitch backwards. I untwisted them in the next row but could not figure out what I was doing wrong. Going to try decrease – then rip it out and start again with better yarn choices and fewer errors. Having fun and making notes.

  3. This is gorgeous! I’m planning to teach a brioche class at our fabulous LYS. I’ve only done scarves before, so I’m in the market for pretty decreases. If you’re willing to have your pattern used by a small group of knitters (with credit and web traffic happily directed your way), I’d be keen to test your pattern. Come to think of it, I’d be keen to test it even if you don’t want me to use it for the class. Just let me know.

  4. I think I’m in love with your decreases. I’ve made a couple of brioche hats, and I’m working on a couple more, one ready to be decreased and I would love, love, love to try your beautifully made swirls. And to top it off, you’ve done both colors at once! *Smacking forehead* Of course! I salute you with my home-brewed beer.

  5. LOVE the brioche hat!! I’m a new knitter and just finished a looooooong two-color brioche scarf and got addicted to knitting the pattern!!! how would i get your pattern for the hat?! much appreciate! =D

  6. Have you published the pattern yet? I would love a copy. What a cool design for the decreases, and the colors look really neat too! Thanks!

  7. Hi,
    Would love a copy of the pattern! It looks gorgeous!
    Thanks in advance,
    from Caracas – Venezuela

  8. i have only done scarves before. I am from Estonia and have some difficulties to understand English when looking in You tube some Double Dutch Hat on Bella knitting home page.
    I am really in trouble because i want to make a hat for my grandchild .I also bougt two colours of yarn and cant make a hat.
    Can yo help me please. i have also tried 2-color brioche stitch in the round and no progress.Dont know how to begin ! and so on.
    Thank you in advance.

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