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Brioche Scarf

Meeting a new yarn is as layered and complex as meeting a new person. First you size up the yarn, inspecting how it looks in the skein; then you shake hands, observing how the fiber behaves in your fingers; and finally, you talk, discovering how this new yarn feels as a finished fabric and new friend.

After making the acquaintance of Purl Soho’s newest yarn, Line Weight, I must say that it could not be more aptly named. The richness of the merino and its creamy, smooth spin look and feel like Line Weight was drawn by a freshly sharpened number 2 pencil. Line Weight lures your eyes along its path, celebrating each stitch, from simple stockinette fabric to lavish lace work. Recognizing that this confident simplicity serves to highlight one's labors, I let Line Weight work for me.

Pairing high-definition Line Weight with big-bang-for-your-buck Brioche Stitch, this simple pattern is transformed into vivid ridges and a remarkable fabric. You can probably tell that I’m smitten. Who wouldn’t want to work in a yarn that reflects your hands' work, elevates your efforts, and is incredibly soft and cozy to boot?

To see our entire collection of Line Weight colors, click here. And for the Brioche Scarf pattern, just keep on reading! --Laura

Materials

Gauge

8 stitches = 1 inch in Stockinette Stitch

Size

Before Blocking: 66 inches long x 6 3/4 inches wide

After Blocking: 77 inches long x 6 1/4 inch wide

Notes

Click here for a photo tutorial explaining the basic principals of Brioche Stitch. Please note that this Brioche Stitch pattern includes 3 selvedge stitches on each edge.

When counting stitches in Brioche Stitch, yarn overs are not included in the stitch count; they are paired with a knit stitch and the pair of knit/yarn over is counted as a single stitch. The stitch pattern will produce a very pronounced rib; count only the purl and knit columns when counting stitches.

Slip all slipped stitches purlwise.

If you adjust this pattern, be sure to cast on an odd number of stitches.

Abbreviations

bk2tog [brioche knit 2 together]: Knit next knit stitch together with its paired yarn over

YOS [yarn over slip]: bring yarn to front, slip one purlwise, bring yarn over right needle to the back

Pattern

Begin with Stockinette Stitch

Cast on 53 stitches.

Work in Stockinette Stitch (knit 1 row, purl 1 row) for 1 inch, ending with a knit row.

Continue in Brioche Stitch

Set-Up Row (wrong side): K1, slip 1 with yarn in front (wyif), k1, *YOS, k1, repeat from * to last four stitches, YOS, k1, slip 1 wyif, k1.

Row 1: Slip 1 wyif, k1, slip 1 wyif, *bk2tog, YOS, repeat from * to last four stitches, bk2tog, slip 1 wyif, k1, slip 1 wyif.

Row 2: K1, slip 1 wyif, k1 *YOS, bk2tog, repeat from * to last four stitches, YOS, k1, slip 1 wyif, k1.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 65 1/2 inch from rolled edge or to desired length, ending with Row 2.

Next Row (right side): Slip 1 wyif, k1, slip 1 wyif, *p1, bk2tog, repeat from * to last four stitches, k2tog, slip 1 wyif, k1, slip 1 wyif.

Finish with Stockinette Stitch

Starting with a purl row, work in Stockinette Stitch for 1 inch, ending with a purl row.

Bind off loosely in knit.

Weave in the ends and block as desired.

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34 Responses to Brioche Scarf


  1. Greg says:

    I can't decide which is better…the gorgeous simplicity of this scarf in your new yarn or the gorgeous photographs. Outstanding.

  2. This is absolutely beautiful. I love scarves that look comfy enough to nap in.

  3. Annabelle says:

    All your Line Weight Projects are so beautiful!! Im preparing to order enough yarn for each of your Line Weight Yarn Projects!!!

  4. Sophie says:

    I love Brioche stitch, and this yarn looks yummy!

  5. Barbara Dendy says:

    Hi,

    I have a question. I am not familiar with the Brioche stitch, but am wanting to make this scarf. Would this work okay paired with your line weight hand warmers? I was wanting to make them, along with the scarf, to give as a set.

    Thanks,
    Barbara

  6. Susan says:

    I love this scarf! Is it possible to do in two colors – like Gina's Brioche Cowl – or is that not possible since this isn't knit in the round?

    Thank you!

  7. Cristina says:

    Such a gorgeous scarf!
    I think this would also make for a beautiful men's scarf, combining 2 colors in long stripes, similar to the men's rustic scarf. Do you have some instructions on how to combine two different colors with the brioche stitch (I am very new to working with multiple colors).

    Thanks a lot!

  8. purl bee says:

    Hi Susan,

    Thanks and YES, there is definitely such a thing two-color brioche worked flat. Sadly, this pattern would require some re-writing to include two colors and we cannot get to it right at this moment. We will keep this request in mind though!

    Thank you for asking and writing in.
    Laura

  9. purl bee says:

    Hi Cristina,
    Thanks! I think it would be quite handsome on a man.

    If you would like to knit this in the other direction (from side to side rather than from end to end) in order to have long stripes as in the Men's Rustic Scarf…. make sure to cast on your desired length times 8. To change colors, simply switch skeins at the beginning of a right side row. Always make sure to change colors on the same side.

    Let us know if you have any other questions.
    Laura

  10. purl bee says:

    Barbara,
    This scarf + the hand warmers would be such a lovely gift. What a lucky recipient!
    Laura

  11. Annette says:

    Incredible!

    No need to order a few balls of yarn in the US. That was yesterday. ;-)
    Im not sure to be impressed by the pictures or the yarn. Well see what happens,
    Ive ordered, ignoring shipping cost to Germany….
    My pleasure to meet Purl Soho/Bee online.
    All the Best
    Annette

  12. Dianne says:

    I love this pattern! If I wanted to make sure the ends didn't curl up,could I knit the first few rows in a rib stitch instead? Thanks for all your beautiful patterns!

  13. celia says:

    what is the difference between wyif and YOS? seems that you are making a yarn over with both. thank you!

  14. purl bee says:

    Hi Celia,
    wyif [with yarn in front] is a standard direction for bringing the yarn to the front of your work.

    yos [yarn over slip one] is a multi part abbreviation instructing you to bring the yarn to the front, slip one stitch and then bring the yarn over the top of the right needle creating a yarn over.

    wyif is often used when you are instructed to slip a stitch and can be, but is often not associated with a yarn over, simply the placement of the yarn. The "slip 1 wyif, k1…" portion of the pattern should not be creating a yarn over. After you bring the yarn forward to slip the stitch, you take it to the back to knit normally. There are no yarn overs in the selvedge stitches.

    Please let me know if you have any other questions.
    Laura

  15. purl bee says:

    Hi Dianne,
    If you didn't want the ends to cur up you could work the first few rows as follows:

    Row 1: Slip 1 wyif, k1, slip 1 wyif, *k1, p1, repeat from * to last four stitches, k1, slip 1 wyif, k1, slip 1 wyif.

    Row 2: K1, slip 1 wyif, k1 *p1, k1, repeat from * to last four stitches, p1, k1, slip 1 wyif, k1.

    I did a prototype like this and loved it. Let me know if you have any questions!
    Laura

  16. Dianne says:

    Thanks so much, Laura! I can't wait to get started on this as a Christmas gift for my husband.

  17. Strix says:

    Hi, Laura, regarding your rib variation: Would the bind off be in pattern (ribbing)? And how would the edge stitches (those slipped stitches) be bound off?

    Thanks for the alternative!

  18. purl bee says:

    Hi Strix.
    If you are ribbing the ends of the scarf I would definitely bind off in pattern. And as for the slipped stitches, you can either slip them with yarn in back and bind them off, or just work them as knit stitches.
    Let me know if you have any other questions.
    Laura

  19. Sukeshi says:

    Can you pl suggest a different yarn bcomparable to line weight Merino yarn?

  20. Alinda says:

    HI! This scarf is so amazing! I am trying to make it, but I have a question: what is the difference between YOS and slip 1 with yarn in front (wyif)? I understood that the second one is a part of selvedge stiches, but I do not know if it is the same as YOS. Thank you!

  21. purl bee says:

    Hi Alinda.
    wyif [with yarn in front] is a standard direction for bringing the yarn to the front of your work.

    yos [yarn over slip one] is a multi part abbreviation instructing you to bring the yarn to the front, slip one stitch and then bring the yarn over the top of the right needle creating a yarn over.

    wyif is often used when you are instructed to slip a stitch and can be, but is often not associated with a yarn over, but rather simply refers the placement of the yarn. The "slip 1 wyif, k1…" portion of the pattern should not be creating a yarn over. After you bring the yarn forward to slip the stitch, you take it to the back to knit normally. There are no yarn overs in the selvedge stitches.

    Please let me know if you have any other questions.
    Laura

  22. sukeshi says:

    Hi laura
    Thanks for your prompt reply.
    Can you pl explain what is light blocking?
    Thanks
    Sukeshi

  23. purl bee says:

    Hi Sukeshi,
    There are all sorts of methods of blocking from slightly misting the fabric to fully submerging it in water. I love to steam block my pieces. I lay my piece out on a table (usually on top of a towels) and hold a steaming iron a few inches above it. The hot steam helps the stitches to relax and evens the work out. This piece could really be blocked in any fashion, I just found that it only needed a little spritzing and slight tugging (always only to the sides and from the top and bottom, never diagonal tugging) or some steam blocking did the trick just fine.
    Hope this helps.
    Laura

  24. Lilop says:

    Err…
    How long could I make this scarf if I only use one hank?

  25. purl bee says:

    Hi Lilop,
    You should be able to get an approximately 55-inch scarf. I did not use the entire second skein for the scarf shown here. I used 141 grams of the 200 grams.
    Hope this helps.
    Laura

  26. Lilop says:

    Thanks!
    I just started it, looks awesome so far!

  27. Robyn says:

    Does the pattern reflect the 3 selvedge stitches or do i knit 3 then begin the pattern?

  28. purl bee says:

    Hi Robyn,
    Yes, the pattern includes the 3 selvedge stitches. Just follow it as instructed above.
    Thanks for writing in. Let me know if you have any other questions.
    Laura

  29. Renee says:

    Hi,

    I am just finishing the main portion of the scarf and moving into the stockinette. I am not sure how to finish the last row of the brioche knit. k2tog, p1…? What is considered two as there are still the yarn overs?

    Thanks,

    Renee

  30. purl bee says:

    Hi Renee,
    Great question.
    You'll be knitting the next stitch and it's paired yarn over together. These 'k2tog's are there to eliminate the yarn overs so you can finish the scarf with a curling stockinette edge. Does this clear it up. Please write back if you have any questions.
    Laura

  31. purl bee says:

    Hi Renee,
    You had commented a second time on our Brioche Tutorial page (http://www.purlbee.com/knitting-tutorials-decorative/2013/9/23/brioche-stitch.html?lastPage=true#comment20795568) and I wrote you back there, but I just wanted to make sure you saw my response so here it is again:

    Hi Renee,
    I am so sorry. I totally see why the pattern has you confused. There is an error!
    EITHER
    You should either repeat Row 1 once more before "Next Row" and then start with a knit row in the final stockinette portion.
    OR
    Next Row should read "…*p1, bk2tog, repeat from * to last four stitches…"
    I am going to correct the pattern right now.
    Thank you for taking the time to write in and pointing this out! Thank you. Thank you.
    Laura

  32. M.Y. says:

    I want to make a narrower scarf so I am trying to understand and decide on the final number of cast on. Here's my question:

    The pattern calls out 53 stitches for cast on, and when I look at Row 1 of the brioche stitch – The first part is "Slip 1 wyif, k1, slip 1 wyif " so that's 3 stitches. Second part is "*bk2tog, YOS, repeat from * "so that should be a multiple of 3s. And the last part consists of four stitches. So 53 – 3 – 4 = 46 which is not equally divided by 3, there will be one stitch left over after the repeat – am I correct or am I missing something here?

    Thank you in advance. And what a beautiful yarn and a beautiful scarf!

  33. purl bee says:

    Hi MY.
    The first portion is made up of 3 stitches and the last portion is 3 stitches and the middle… "bk2tog, YOS" is a multiple of 2+1.

    To modify this pattern… just be sure to cast on an odd number of stitches.
    Let me know if you have any question.
    Thanks for writing in.
    Laura

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