Here in Ireland, the gorse is one of the first signs of the approaching summer. It is an invasive plant, but the bright yellow tones on top of rich greens makes you forgive the strong, long thorns.
This organically textured, tweedy wool and cashmere mix mimics the texture and colouring of gorse perfectly, but other yarns in DK thickness work equally well.
The Brioche stitch has ultimate texture with a beautiful deep, “squishy” softness, and holds its shape extremely well. When it is being pulled or folded, the colours blend together and create a wide colour palette. Please remember that Brioche is reversible, so you can wear your scarf on both sides!
Brioche is a double-knit stitch and therefore likes to “eat your yarn”, but you will not regret it. It is equally beautiful in two variegated yarns like here (yarns which blend different colours in one strand), or in one solid colour. If you prefer a mix of one variegated and one solid colour in this syncopated pattern, your fabric will show one variegated pattern block beside one solid colour block
- experience level: intermediate
- techniques used: knit, purl, Brioche knit, Brioche purl, Brioche increases and decreases, bobbles
- gauge: 19 stitches x 20 rows = 4 inches / 10cm² in Brioche stitch on 4mm needles
- one size: 190 cm x 22 cm
- Any yarn of double knitting (DK) thickness in 2 colours; I find that wool with “bounce” creates the deepest fabric,
- I used for the illustrated scarf: Debbie Bliss “Fine Donegal” double knitting (95% wool, 5% cashmere), cool handwash, 1 skein = 100g / 415 yards / 380 metres:
- 1 skein in “Autumn Gold” (shade 05)
- 1 skein in “Leaf” (shade 13)
- needles: 4 mm circular needles (or double pointed needle if preferred)
- notions: tapestry needle to secure yarn ends, cable needle
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