Two-Color Brioche Scarf

Squishy Warmth

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Two-color Biroche Stitch Scarf. © Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

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. It's also kind of cool because you work the stitches in one color, slide the work down to the other end of the needle and work back in the other color without turning the work, which really reinforces the idea that it takes two "rows" of knitting to make a row of knit fabric.

This sounds complicated, but it's really not. And if you need more detailed instructions, check out my two-color brioche tutorial, which shows you step by step how it's all done.

Materials

  • One hank each of two colors of Malabrigo Merino Worsted (I used 508, Blue Graphite and 507, Pigeon), 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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Slide stitches to the other end of the needle; do not turn.
  5. Repeat the last 4 steps until almost out of yarn.
  6. Bind off in dark.

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