This 2-colour Brioche Scarf was designed for a Leftover Knit-A-Long, using scraps of yarn.
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– approx. 2x 100gr (3.5oz) / 425m (465y) for both sides of fingering weight
– circular or long double-pointed needles 4mm (US 6)
– wool needle
The shawl is knitted back and forth but circular or double pointed needles are required in order to slide the work every other row
The final size of this scarf will be approx. 25cm / 9.8” in width & 170cm / 67” in length but it is completely adjustable to any width or length or any other yarn/thickness.
10cm x 10cm = approx. 18 stitches and 20 rows i in brioche (blocked)
Pattern can be easily adjusted once gauge has been obtained.
Sl: slip (all sts are slipped purlwise)
yos = yarn over slip: Bring yarn forward, slip one as if to purl, bring yarn over right needle to back of work in order to knit the next stitch
bk2tog = brioche knit 2 together: Knit next knit stitch together with its yarn over
bp2tog = brioche purl 2 together: Purl next purl stitch together with its yarn over
wyif = with yarn in front
wyib = with yarn in back
TURN & SLIDE: When you work 2-colour Brioche, you either ‘turn’ or ‘slide’ the work at the end of each row.
‘Turn’ means that you turn the work around so the opposite side is facing you and you will begin where you left.
‘Slide’ means to keep the same side of the work facing you and slide all the stitches back to the right end of your needle without turning the work, beginning on the opposite side where you left.
As a general rule:
When you finished your row and have one thread either side, you need to slide.
When you finished your row with both threads at the end, you need to turn.
TIPS FOR BEGINNER:
– write down which yarn is colour 1 & which is colour 2
– Carefully work row by row. Don’t get discouraged thinking it is too complicated. In the beginning you will have to pay a lot of attention to whether you knit or purl, or whether you turn or slide. But before you know it you will get the hang of it.
– When starting, keep track of rows that you have worked, it will help to know where you are at.
– Make it a habbit to turn or slide right away at the end of each row. That way you always know which side to start, especially when you have to put your needles down.
– Don’t give up. You may want to practice on a smaller swatch first. I had to frog my first 2-colour brioche several times on the first 4 rows before I had it right. J
We will use Colour 1 (C1) and Colour 2 (C2) to describe the difference between front and back.
With C1, cast on 49 stitches. Turn work.
Set-Up Row (wrong side): Slip 1, with C2, *k1, YOS, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, k1, slip 1 wyif. Slide.
Row 1 (wrong side): With C1 p1, *YOS, bp2tog, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, YOS, k1. Turn.
Row 2 (right side): Slip 1 with C1 in front and C2 in back; with C2, *bp2tog, YOS, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, bp2tog, slip 1 wyib. Slide.
Row 3 (right side): With C1, k1, *YOS, bk2tog, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, YOS, p1. Turn.
Row 4 (wrong side): Slip 1 with C1 in back and C2 in front, with C2, *bk2tog, YOS, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, bk2tog, slip 1 wyif. Slide.
Repeat Rows 1-4, changing colours as you wish.
Our neon scarf has 12 rows of each colour on needle 4mm/US6 and the blueish scarf has 8 rows of each colour on 5mm/US8.
Once your scarf has the desired length ending pattern with Row 2 and cut C2.
With C1 (right side): loosely cast off in a 1/1 Rib stitch pattern (K1/P1).
Weave in ends and block to size.