How to Knit an Easy Brioche Cowl in SHORTCUT Brioche Stitch – Free Knitting Pattern

6 Oct

Free Pattern! This Brioche Cowl is warm, squishy, and airy, knit in 3 colors. This tutorial will teach you to work my Shortcut Brioche stitch in the round. If you can work in the round and work “knit 1, purl 1” ribbing, you can knit this cowl!

Chunky Brioche Cowl
by Yay For Yarn

Scroll to the bottom of this post to see the video tutorial.

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You will need:
US size 11 (8 mm) 32” circular knitting needle
Scissors
Ruler (for measuring gauge)
Yarn Needle or Blunt Tapestry Needle
Large Stitch Marker

Yarn:
About 120 yards of #4 Worsted Weight yarn in Color A
About 120 yards of #4 Worsted Weight yarn in Color B
About 120 yards of #4 Worsted Weight yarn in Color C
(I used Hobby Lobby “I Love This Wool” in Cocoa, Umber, and Ivory.)

Gauge: 10.5 stitches in Shortcut Brioche Stitch = 4” (10 cm) (Exact gauge is not critical for this project.)

Finished Size: 30” (76 cm) in circumference (un-stretched), 24” (61 cm) long

Abbreviations:
K: knit
P: purl
CO: cast on
BO: bind off
sts: stitches
K1b: knit one below (This is a special stitch. See instructions below to learn how to work this stitch.)
P1b: purl one below (This is a special stitch. See instructions below to learn how to work this stitch.)

K1b (knit one below): Normally, when you work a knit stitch, you insert your right hand needle into the next stitch on the left hand needle. Instead, insert your right hand needle into the stitch below the next stitch on the left needle. Knit that stitch, slipping the stitch above off of the left needle at the same time.

P1b (purl one below): Normally, when you work a purl stitch, you insert your right hand needle purlwise into the next stitch on the left hand needle. Instead, insert your right hand needle purlwise into the stitch below the next stitch on the left needle. Purl that stitch, slipping the stitch above off of the left needle at the same time.

Note: You should always have 64 sts at the end of each round.

With Color A, CO 64 sts loosely. Place the stitch marker on your right needle. Join to work in the round, making sure your sts are not twisted.
Round 1: *K1, P1* around to marker. Slip marker.
Round 2: *K1b, P1* around to marker. Slip marker.
Round 3: *K1, P1b* around to marker. Slip marker.
Repeat Rounds 2-3 until piece measures 8” (20.3 cm) long from cast-on edge. Change to Color B.
Repeat Rounds 2-3 until piece measures 16” (40.6 cm) long from cast-on edge. Change to Color C.
Repeat Rounds 2-3 until piece measures 24” (60.9 cm) long from cast-on edge.
BO with the stretchy bind-off shown in the video tutorial, or with a stretchy bind-off of your choice. Cut yarn and use a yarn needle to close the gap in the bind-off edge as shown in the video tutorial. Weave in ends.

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