HOW TO MAKE… A BRIOCHE STITCH SCARF
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
Approx. 20cm (8") wide and 147cm (58") long (blocked)
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
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.
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.
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!