Two Colour Brioche Scarf

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This pattern was our exclusive offering for the 2016 Lakeside Yarn Crawl! Now that it is complete, we offer it up to you faithful yarn lovers for free~ It is a deliciously bouncy brioche scarf using two colours of Cascade Cloud. This yarn has a fun chain texture that compounds the satisfying squishiness of the brioche knit stitch.

dscf0798Requirements
2 skeins of Cascade Cloud (164yds/150m per100g),
1 each of Main Colour and Contrast Colour.
I used Eco Cloud #1801 for my Main Colour and Cloud #2125 for my Contrast Colour
5.5mm circular needle, I recommend a 24″ or bigger, but some may prefer a 16″ if you don’t mind the shorter needle tips.
Beware – you cannot use single-pointed knitting needles for working brioche!
Brioche requires that you can work your knitting from the same side twice, while traditional single-pointed needles have you working on each side one after the other (front, back, front, back, while brioche is worked front, front, back, back)

Pattern Instructions

Cast On 23 stitches (or, any odd number) using Main Colour – I recommend the Long-Tail Cast On Method.

Set Up
First Row: Slip 1 purlwise, bring yarn to the front, *slip 1 purlwise, wrap yarn around needle and back to the front, P1* repeat from * to * until you have two stitches left, yarn should be at the front of work, slip 1 purlwise, K1. Slide Work along needle so that you are back to where you started.
Second Row: Slip first stitch purlwise. Using Contrast Colour, *BRK, bring yarn to front, slip 1 purlwise* repeat to two stitches from end of row, BRK, slip 1 stitch purlwise. Turn work.

Row 1, Main Colour, “MC Knits”: Slip 1 Purlwise, *yarn should be at the front of the work, slip 1 purlwise, BRK* repeat until two stitches remain, bring yarn to front, slip 1 purlwise, K1.

Slide Knitting back to other end of needle, where the Contrast Colour yarn is waiting.

Row 1, Contrast Colour, “CC Purls”: Slip 1 Purlwise, *BRP, slip 1 purlwise, wrap yarn over needle and back to front of work* repeat to last two stitches, BRP, slip 1 purlwise.

Turk work.

Row 2, Main Colour, “MC Purls”: Slip 1 Purlwise, *yarn should be at the front of the work, slip 1 purlwise, wrap yarn over needle and back to front of work, BRP* repeat to last two stitches, yarn should be at the front of work, slip 1 purlwise, K1.

Slide Knitting back to other end of needle, where the Contrast Colour yarn is waiting.

Row 2, Contrast Colour, “CC Knits”: Slip 1 Purlwise, *BRK, bring yarn to front of work, slip 1 purlwise* repeat to last two stitches, BRK, slip 1 purlwise.

Turn work.

Repeat from Row 1, Main Colour through to Row 2, Contrast Colour, until scarf is preferred length (or you run out of yarn!), ending with a Row 2, Contrast Colour.

Cast Off loosely, using a thicker needle if necessary. Slip 1 Purlwise, P1, pass slipped stitch over purled stitch. BRK, pass purled stitch over BRK. P1, pass BRK over purled stitch. Continue in this way until two stitches remain – a purl stitch and an edge stitch. Knit them together, pass the BRK over the K2tog, pull the tail of your yarn through the K2tog to cast it off. Weave in your ends! The Cascade Cloud’s bouncy chained texture is perfect for hiding your ends within. =) Block lightly (for length or width, to taste) and never take off.

On the run? Click here to access a printable PDF copy of this pattern.

Brioche Tips & Tricks


Here is a picture of the right side “Row 1” (left) and wrong side “Row 2” (right). In the pattern I ‘name’ the rows as “MC Knits”, “CC Purls” (seen in the right picture) and “MC Purls”, “CC Knits” (seen in the left picture) as I find that thinking in those terms is what helps me keep track of where I am. Notice that the side where I have MC (White) Knits looks like white knits? And then, on the opposite side, my contrast colour is standing out in the knit columns, while my main colour has retreated to the back as purl stitches. Looking closely at  the fabric and reading your knitting will make a big difference in whether you love or hate brioche!

Your edge stitches are only worked with your main colour, and only when they are the last stitch of your row. When they start your row, they are always slipped, and if you are working with your contrast colour, they are always slipped.

Confused about when to slide back to the beginning of the row and when to turn your work? I think of it as this – if both working yarns are at the same side of your work, Main Colour goes first. Contrast Colour is always playing catch-up to Main Colour. When you start knitting a pattern that features a completely new-to-you stitch, think critically about what kind of cues like this you can use! Everyone notices different cues, and can use them to keep themselves on track~

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