Two-Color Brioche Scarf

Squishy Warmth

Two-color Biroche Stitch Scarf

Sarah E. White

Brioche stitch is a great knitting technique that produces a warm, squishy fabric that looks sort of like ribbing.

Working the stitch in two colors is even more fun because you get a predominant color on each side.

Materials

  • One hank each of two colors of Malabrigo Merino Worsted, or about 210 yards each of worsted/medium weight wool of your choice
  • Set of size 9 US (5.5 mm) circular needles; length does not matter, but go for a shorter one if you have it

Gauge

Gauge is not all that critical, but I got 20 stitches and 15 "rows" (counting the prominent knit stitches) per 4 inches/10 cm, or 5 stitches and 3.75 rows per inch/2.5 cm in brioche stitch

Size

Finished scarf is about 4 inches/10 cm wide and 80 inches/203 cm long

Knitting the Scarf

  1. Using dark color, cast on 21 stitches.
  2. *Purl 1, slip 1 as if to purl, wrap the yarn around the right-hand needle back to the front. Repeat from * across, end with a purl 1. Slide the stitches to the other end of the needle; do not turn.
  3. Add in lighter color, and with the yarn in front, slip the first stitch. Take the yarn to the back. *Knit the stitch with its yarn over, yarn forward, slip 1 as if to purl. Repeat from * across, ending with knit the stitch and its yarn over, yarn back, slip the last stitch. Turn the work.
  4. With dark yarn, k1 *yarn forward, slip 1, k st along with its yarn over. Repeat from * to last 2 sts, yarn forward, slip 1, k1. Slide stitches to the other end of the needle; do not turn.
  5. With light yarn in back, slip 1, yarn forward, *p st along with its yarn over, slip 1 and wrap the yarn around the needle. Repeat from * to last 2 sts, p st along with its yarn over, yarn back, slip the last stitch. Turn the work.
  6. With dark yarn, p1, *slip 1 and wrap the yarn around needle, p st along with its yarn over. Repeat from * to last 2 sts, slip 1 and wrap yarn around needle, p1. Slide stitches to the other end of the needle; do not turn.
  1. With light yarn in the front, slip 1, yarn back, *k st with its yarn over, yarn forward, slip 1. Repeat to last 2 sts, k st with its yarn over, yarn forward, slip the last stitch. Turn the work.
  2. Slide stitches to the other end of the needle; do not turn.
  3. Repeat the last 4 steps until almost out of yarn.
  4. Bind off in dark.