HOW TO MAKE… A BRIOCHE STITCH SCARF

Mollie Makes - - How To Make... A Brioche Stitch Scarf -

MA­TE­RI­ALS

QQQQQQJu­niper Moon Farm Her­riot, 100% Baby Al­paca, 100g/200m per ball, two balls in Traver­tine (0009) Odd­ment of DK weight yarn in con­trast­ing colour 5mm (US 8) knit­ting nee­dles 4.5mm (US 7) knit­ting nee­dles Tapestry or darn­ing nee­dle Scis­sors

FIN­ISHED SIZE

Ap­prox. 20cm (8") wide and 147cm (58") long (blocked)

AB­BRE­VI­A­TIONS (UK)

st(s) stitch(es) k knit RS right side yfsl1 bring yarn for­ward to front of work, slip 1 stitch purl-wise (when you go to knit the next stitch the yarn for­ward will cause a yarn over or a stitch over the nee­dle. See box, right) k1tbl knit 1 stitch through back of the loop sl1 slip yarn purl-wise (bring nee­dle through as if you were go­ing to purl) yb bring yarn to the back of the work brk1 knit the yarn over and the knit stitch to­gether as one

TEN­SION

20 stitches and (44) rows to 10cm (4") over brioche stitch us­ing 4.5mm nee­dles There’s a real rite-of-pas­sage feel to knit­ting a scarf. It’s of­ten the first larger pro­ject we tackle, and the first gift we present a boyfriend or fam­ily mem­ber with.

This ver­sion, knit­ted in soft, lus­cious brioche stitch and made from high qual­ity yarn, is a clear win­ner. Adding a sim­ple stitched de­tail at the end gives it an un­der­stated de­signer feel, too. We’ve in­cluded a step-by-step guide to nail­ing the brioche stitch to turn your gift-mak­ing this year into a to­tal breeze.

In­struc­tions

The brioche stitch is fuller than a sim­pler stitch such as stock­ing or garter, so us­ing a larger nee­dle for the cast-on helps keep the edge from look­ing pinched.

This scarf pat­tern is knit­ted with the brioche stitch over an odd num­ber of stitches, with a selvedge to cre­ate edges on each side. This means the last and first stitches on each side are treated a lit­tle dif­fer­ently than the repet­i­tive part of the pat­tern.

When count­ing the brioche stitch, count each slipped stitch/ yarn over pair as one stitch.

The slipped stitches and yarn overs in the brioche stitch mean you’ll need much more yarn than if you were knit­ting in stock­ing stitch. Two rows are worked for each counted row that ap­pears on the face of the fab­ric; half the stitches are worked in one row and the other half in the fol­low­ing row. Us­ing 5mm nee­dles, cast on 39 sts. Switch to 4.5mm nee­dles.

Set up row 1 of brioche stitch (see right, Steps 1-5)

(RS) *k1, yfsl1; re­peat from * to last st, k1tbl

Set up row 2 of brioche stitch (see right, Steps 6-10)

sl1, yb, *brk1, yfsl1; re­peat from * to end Row 1 k1, yf sl1, *brk1, yf sl1; rep from * to last st, k1tbl Row 2 sl1, yb, *brk1, yf sl1; rep from * to end Re­peat Rows 1 and 2 un­til de­sired length Cast off loosely. Weave in all ends.

Fin­ish­ing

The scarf de­sign in­cludes three tabs of colour, two on one end and one on the other. On one end, em­broi­der the coloured tabs ap­prox­i­mately 5cm (2") long and 10cm (4") inches from the bot­tom. On the other end of the scarf, em­broi­der the de­tail ap­prox­i­mately 7.5cm (3") from the bot­tom, spaced as if in be­tween the other two.

Add an embroidere­d de­tail in your style wher­ever you’d like on this scarf. Du­pli­cate stitches in a ran­dom pat­tern; add a mono­gram; stitch a heart on top – just play around and have fun!

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