This pattern is available for free and in both English and German, and designed to bring total beginners of Brioche through all the steps of mastering this stitch. Even though the pattern appears like traditional Aran knitwear, it is entirely worked in one-colour Brioche. I designed it in the traditional “patchwork style” which splits the scarf into 3 difficulty levels. This offers you the option to focus on a stitch of your choice, or to combine in a manner which you love best.
I have explained each stitch in detail. It is designed in the traditional Aran patchwork-style layout, and I would advise you to try and combine each pattern to create your individual design (or follow my example!). In my opinion Pattern 3 (based on the traditional “Basket Stitch”) is the easiest for beginners with only Brioche knit and purl stitches, Pattern 2 (based on the “Honeycomb Stitch”) adds Brioche increases and decreases to the mix, and Pattern 1 (based on a combination of cables and the “Tree of Life”) really gets you to practice decreases by decreasing 9 stitches all in one go. This will also illustrate to you how increases “warp” and shape your fabric, and how the stocking stitch strips on either side start to curve.
This scarf is very light in weight, yet very warm, and it holds its shape extremely well. Remember that Brioche is reversible, so you can wear your scarf on both sides, and the edges don’t roll!
The fabric is equally beautiful in a solid, traditional “Aran tweed colour” such as here or in a variegated yarn (a yarn which changes colour within the strand). Please remember to get in touch anytime you would like some knitting support!
- experience level: intermediate
- techniques used: knit, purl, Brioche knit, Brioche purl, Brioche decreases and increases
- gauge: 18 stitches x 26 rows = 4 inches / 10cm² in Brioche stitch on 3mm needles
- 15 cm wide, 170 cm long
- yarn: Stylecraft “Alpaca Tweed” double knitting (20% alpaca, 77% acrylic, 3% viscose), machine washable at 30˚C in “Aran” (shade 1658)1 skein = 100g / 262 yards / 240 m
- weight and yarn amount:
- 120 g / 1.2 skeins
- needles: 4 mm circular needles (or double pointed needle if preferred)
- notions: stitch markers, tapestry needle to secure yarn ends