*Foliage Hat* Brioche Knitting Patterns


Foliage Hat is a brioche knitting pattern worked in brioche rib stitch in the round. The pattern is composed of 2 foliage panels with simple brioche rib in between.
For beginners that like the foliage pattern, I would recommend to start with the Foliage Scarf.
And more advanced knitters can start a full brioche knitting adventure with the Foliage Shawl.

Finished Size:

17 1/3" (44 cm) wide x 8 7/8" (22,5 cm) deep after blocking

Yarn:

Rockshelter Sock by Meadowcroft Dyeworks
Fingering: 100% Merino
Handpainted sock yarn
Main color: 044 Raku Glaze – 108 yards (99m)
Contrast color: 225 Dark Garnet – 108 yards (99m)
Foliage Shawl in Rockshelter Sock
On the Meadowcroft Dyeworks site you can find many wonderful colorway pairings with brioche swatches for each of them, so it's very easy to have an idea of how your brioche knitwork would look like. When you knit a brioche hat, you actually are knitting two hats because brioche stitch is reversible. So, because of that you want to choose carefully both colors that you will use for knitting the hat.

Needles:

2.75mm - US 2 Chiaogoo 4” interchangeable needles with 8" and 22" cables
2.75mm - US 2 Chiaogoo Shorties Combo

Notions:

Marker (m), tapestry needle

Gauge:

23 sts and 32 rows = 4” (10 cm) in brioche rib pattern blocked

Abbreviations:

k - knit
p - purl
brk - brioche knit
brp - brioche purl
sl1yo - slip 1 pwise with yarn over needle
sl1 wyib - slip 1 pwise with yarn in back
sl1 wyif - slip 1 pwise with yarn in front
brLsl dec - brioche left slant decrease
brRsl dec - brioche right slant decrease
br4st inc - brioche 4 stitches increase
brkyobrk - brioche knit, yarn over, brioche knit
MC - main color yarn
CC - contrast color yarn
st(s) - stitch(es)
LH - left hand
RH - right hand

Foliage Hat - Brioche Knitting

Directions:

Purled Cast-On:

Step 1: Make a slip knot on the LH needle. Yarn to front of the work as if to purl. With the RH needle go into the slip knot stitch to purl it and the loop you pull through, pull it long and put it on the LH needle (without twisting it). Now you have 2 stitches on the LH needle.


Step 2: Yarn to front of the work as if to purl. Insert the RH needle from back to the front between the (last) 2 stitches and pick-up the yarn. The loop you pull through, pull it long and put it on the LH needle (without twisting it). This way you have cast-on one more stitch. Repeat step 2 until the required number of stitches are cast-on.

START HERE: 

Round 1 (cast-on round) MC: Using the Purled Cast-On (steps 1-2) with main color yarn cast-on:
(28 sts for 2 foliage panels + 64 sts of brioche rib) + 1 st for joining the round = 93 sts  
 After that, join the contrast color yarn and work round 2.

1. Set-up round:
Round 2 CC: *sl1yo, brp1; rep from*.

2. Brim:
Repeat rounds 3-4 until reached the desired brim height. Finish with round 4.

Round 3 MC: *brk1, sl1yo; rep from*.
After each odd round in main color yarn, pick-up the contrast color yarn and knit the even round.

Round 4 CC: *sl1yo, brp1; rep from*.
Note: knit the “brkyobrk” sts from previous row as: sl1yo, p1, sl1yo
          and the “br4st inc” sts from previous row as: sl1yo, p1, sl1yo, p1, sl1yo
After each even round in contrast color yarn, pick-up the main color yarn and knit the odd round.

3. Pattern:

Round 29 MC: *[brk1, sl1yo] 8 times, FPR1, [brk1, sl1yo] 8 times; rep from* 2 times.
Rounds 28, 29, 30 = rounds 4, 3, 4

Round 33 MC: *[brk1, sl1yo] 8 times, FPR2, [brk1, sl1yo] 8 times; rep from* 2 times.
Rounds 34, 35, 36 = rounds 4, 3, 4

Round 37 MC: *[brk1, sl1yo] 8 times, FPR3, [brk1, sl1yo] 8 times; rep from* 2 times.
Rounds 38, 39, 40 = rounds 4, 3, 4

Round 41 MC: *[brk1, sl1yo] 8 times, FPR4, [brk1, sl1yo] 8 times; rep from* 2 times.
Rounds 42, 43, 44 = rounds 4, 3, 4

Round 45 MC: *[brk1, sl1yo] 8 times, FPR5, [brk1, sl1yo] 8 times; rep from* 2 times.
Rounds 46, 47, 48 = rounds 4, 3, 4

Round 49 MC: *[brk1, sl1yo] 8 times, FPR6, [brk1, sl1yo] 8 times; rep from* 2 times.
Rounds 50, 51, 52 = rounds 4, 3, 4

Round 53 MC: *[brk1, sl1yo] 8 times, FPR7, [brk1, sl1yo] 8 times; rep from* 2 times.
Rounds 54, 55, 56 = rounds 4, 3, 4

Round 57 MC: *[brk1, sl1yo] 8 times, FPR8, [brk1, sl1yo] 8 times; rep from* 2 times.
Rounds 58, 59, 60 = rounds 4, 3, 4

Round 61 MC: *[brk1, sl1yo] 8 times, FPR9, [brk1, sl1yo] 8 times; rep from* 2 times.
Rounds 62, 63, 64 = rounds 4, 3, 4

Round 65 MC: *[brk1, sl1yo] 8 times, FPR10, [brk1, sl1yo] 8 times; rep from* 2 times.
Rounds 66, 67, 68 = rounds 4, 3, 4

Repeat [rounds 37-68] 1-3 times for a less or more slouchy hat.

Rounds 69-100 = rounds 37-68 (because I did 2 repeats of the rounds 37-68).

Rounds 101-112 = rounds 37-48

Round 113 MC: *[brk1, sl1yo] 8 times, FPR11, [brk1, sl1yo] 8 times; rep from* 2 times.
Rounds 114, 115, 116 = rounds 4, 3, 4

Round 117 MC: *[brk1, sl1yo] 8 times, FPR12, [brk1, sl1yo] 8 times; rep from* 2 times.
Rounds 118, 119, 120 = rounds 4, 3, 4

Round 121 MC: *[brk1, sl1yo] 8 times, FPR13, [brk1, sl1yo] 8 times; rep from* 2 times.
Rounds 122, 123, 124 = rounds 4, 3, 4

 
5. Crown:
Round 125 MC: *brLsl, sl1yo, [brk1, sl1yo] 4 times, brRsl, sl1yo, FPR14, brLsl, sl1yo, [brk1, sl1yo] 4 times, brRsl, sl1yo; rep from* 2 times.
Rounds 126, 127, 128 = rounds 2, 3, 4

Round 129 MC: *[brk1, sl1yo] 6 times, FPR15, [brk1, sl1yo] 6 times; rep from*.
Rounds 130, 131, 132 = rounds 2, 3, 4

Round 133 MC: *brLsl, sl1yo, [brk1, sl1yo] 2 times, brRsl, sl1yo, FPR16, brLsl, sl1yo, [brk1, sl1yo] 2 times, brRsl, sl1yo; rep from* 2 times.
Rounds 134, 135, 136 = rounds 2, 3, 4

Round 137 MC: *[brk1, sl1yo] 4 times, FPR17, [brk1, sl1yo] 4 times; rep from*.
Rounds 138, 139, 140 = rounds 2, 3, 4

Round 141 MC: *brLsl, sl1yo, brRsl, sl1yo, FPR18, brLsl, sl1yo, brRsl, sl1yo; rep from* 2 times.
Rounds 142, 143, 144 = rounds 2, 3, 4

Round 145 MC: *[brk1, sl1yo] 2 times, FPR19, [brk1, sl1yo] 2 times; rep from*.
Rounds 146, 147, 148 = rounds 2, 3, 4

Round 149 MC: [brRsl, sl1yo] 6 times.
Round 150 = round 4


After the last round cut the contrast color yarn leaving a palm's length of tail and inserting it to the wrong side of the hat. Then pick-up the main color yarn, brk1, slip the stitch from the right hand needle to the left hand needle and afterwards slip one by one all the remaining stitches over this stitch. Cut the yarn leaving a tail that you pass through the only stitch on the needle and pull on it to tighten the stitch around the yarn end. Weave in the ends.

In the instructions above the abbreviation FPR stands for Foliage Panel Round. Below you will find the directions for knitting the FPR1-FPR20 and also the chart:
FPR1: br4st inc, sl1yo, brLsl dec, sl1yo, [brk1, sl1yo]4 times
FPR2: brk1, sl1yo, br4st inc, sl1yo, brk1, sl1yo, brLsl dec, sl1yo, [brk1, sl1yo] 3 times
FPR3: brLsl dec, sl1yo, br4st inc, sl1yo, [brk1, sl1yo] 2 times, brLsl dec, sl1yo, [brk1, sl1yo] 2 times
FPR4: brLsl dec, sl1yo, br4st inc, sl1yo, [brk1, sl1yo] 3 times, brLsl dec, sl1yo, brk1, sl1yo
FPR5: [brk1, sl1yo] 4 times, brRsl dec, sl1yo, br4st inc, sl1yo, brLsl dec, sl1yo
FPR6: [brk1, sl1yo] 3 times, brRsl dec, sl1yo, brk1, sl1yo, br4st inc, sl1yo, brLsl dec, sl1yo
FPR7: [brk1, sl1yo] 2 times, brRsl dec, sl1yo, [brk1, sl1yo] 2 times, br4st inc, sl1yo, brRsl dec, sl1yo
FPR8: brk1, sl1yo, brRsl dec, sl1yo, [brk1, sl1yo] 3 times, br4st inc, sl1yo, brRsl dec, sl1yo
FPR9: brRsl dec, sl1yo, br4st inc, sl1yo, brLsl dec, sl1yo, [brk1, sl1yo] 4 times
FPR10: brRsl dec, sl1yo, br4st inc, sl1yo, brk1, sl1yo, brLsl dec, sl1yo, [brk1, sl1yo] 3 times
FPR11: [brk1, sl1yo] 3 times, sl1yo, brRsl dec, sl1yo, brk1, sl1yo, brkyobrk, sl1yo, brLsl dec, sl1yo
FPR12: [brk1, sl1yo] 2 times, brRsl dec, sl1yo, [brk1, sl1yo] 2 times, brkyobrk, sl1yo, brk1, sl1yo
FPR13: brk1, sl1yo, brRsl dec, sl1yo, [brk1, sl1yo] 5 times
FPR14: brRsl dec, sl1yo, brkyobrk, sl1yo, brLsl dec, sl1yo, [brk1, sl1yo] 2 times
FPR15: brRsl dec, sl1yo, brkyobrk, sl1yo, brLsl dec, sl1yo, brk1, sl1yo
FPR16: brk1, sl1yo, brkyobrk, sl1yo, brk1, sl1yo, brLsl dec, sl1yo
FPR17: [brk1, sl1yo] 3 times, sl1yo, brLsl dec, sl1yo
FPR18: [brk1, sl1yo] 2 times, sl1yo, brRsl dec, sl1yo
FPR19: brk1, sl1yo, brRsl dec, sl1yo
FPR20: brRsl dec, sl1yo
Foliage Hat - Foliage Panel Chart

And if you are using the chart above for the Foliage Panel, then you will need the chart below at list to see how to knit the crown starting with round 125:
Foliage Hat - Brioche Rib Chart

Full Chart:

To better understand how the whole hat is knit (if you didn't watch the video explanation above), you can see the chart below:

Foliage Hat - Full Chart

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