Freitag, 22. März 2024

Harlequin Cowl

I like a cowl to sit as snugly as possible around my neck, but I also like it to warm my shoulders. That's why I designed this one, that starts wide (around the shoulder), but gets narrower at the top (around the neck). It is knitted in two-colour brioche in the round and bottom (shoulder) up.

This knitting pattern is available via

The PDF for this knitting pattern is 12 pages long and contains:

  • row-by-row pattern instructions
  • photo tutorials for the brioche increases and decreases you need to knit this piece:
    • brk2inc
    • brkLdec
    • brkRdec
    • brk4inc
    • brk4dec 
  • a chart of the main pattern repeat
In order to knit this pattern you should know how to knit two-colour brioche.

Inside View

To knit this cowl you need the following materials:

  • a total of about 500 metres of light fingering weight yarn in two contrasting colors
  • 3.5mm knitting needle (I used a 60 cm one in the beginning and a 40 cm one in the end – however, you can use longer ones using the Magic Loop technique)
  • a cable needle (alternatively, a removable stitch marker) for the brk4dec stitch
  • 16 stitch markers – one of them (the end of round-marker) different from the others

The finished (and blocked) piece measures 44 cm in height. It's circumference is 95 cm on the bottom and 52 cm on the top (unstretched; stretched, i.e. for putting it on, you can get it as wide as 62 cm).

I had the following gauge: 21 stitches gave 10 cm in width and 24 rows gave 10 cm in height.

Sonntag, 28. Januar 2024

Brioche Intersections Scarf

I love two-colour brioche - it is a gorgeous technique because it creates a lovely, squishy texture that is comfortable to wear. Plus, it can be used to create quite intricate patterns.

This pattern is for a beautiful wide scarf – and uses a stitch where two brk-columns cross to create a pattern of Xs.

The knitting pattern is available via

The pattern PDF is 16 pages long and contains

  • row-by-row pattern instructions
  • photo tutorials for the following brioche stitches
    • brk2inc (two-stitch increase in brioche)
    • brkLdec (left leaning two-stitch decrease in brioche) 
    • brkRdec (right leaning two-stitch decrease in brioche) 
    • brkX (combination of a two-stitch decrease and two-stitch increase in brioche - to create Xs)
  • a schematic of the construction and the increase/decrease stitches

To knit a similar scarf you need the following materials

  • a total of 310 grams of fingering weight yarn (i.e. about 155 grams of each color)– in two colours: I used two semi-solid yarns
    • Wollmeise Pure (dark blue) 
    • madelinetosh Tosh, Merino light, Frosty 470-O (very light mint)
  • 3.25 mm knitting needles – straight with double points or circulars
  • 2 stitch markers
  • a tapestry needle for weaving in ends
The finished piece measures 155 cm in length and 42 cm in width (blocked).
As for gauge: in pattern 21 sts measured about 10 cm in width and 23 rows about 10 in height.