Brioche Kitty Hat

This is my personal take on the Pussy Hat: a large and loose-fitting brioche hat, knit with single-ply Merino and Mohair held together, a folded brim and the signature shape that couldn’t be simpler to knit.

Wear it to the Women’s March on Washington D.C., to support the PussyHat Project or just to keep warm and look cute. (And yes, you can look cute and be a strong independent woman at the same time!)

The hat is knit in the round with three options for finishing the top: grafting, seaming or three-needle bind off.

If you need visual aide or are new to Brioche knitting, have a look at the Brioche 101 Tutorial!


Free digital knitting pattern (PDF) in English and German

or download here:




1 color of DK weight yarn (A) + 1 color lace weight Mohair (B)

  • Color A (DK): 219 m / 240 yards
  • Color B (Mohair): 126 m / 138 yards
Shown in:

Big Merino DK by Qing Fiber in the Colorway Gelateria (Color A)

Mohair Silk by La Bien Aimèe in the colorway Lipstick (Color B)

Pictured on a head with 54.5 cm / 21.5“ circumference.


16 sts / 24 rows = 10 cm / 4” in brioche stitch (unblocked)

Finished Size:

49 cm / 19.25“ circumference, 27 cm /10.5” high (with brim unfolded) to fit a medium sized head

The pattern includes instructions on how to customize it for your head circumference and to knit it at a different gauge with different yarn weight.


US 6/4.0 mm circulars or DPNs (or size needed to obtain gauge), US 7/4.5 mm needles for CO


tapestry needle, 1 stitch marker, optional: DPN for three-needle bind off

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