Thank you, William! / Danke, William!

William Morris, the founder of the Arts & Crafts movement, has always been my favourite designer and I feel that I owe much of my inspiration and motivation to him.

When I studied Morris’s drawings to design a pattern which would represent the root system of plants, I decided to add extra depth to the fabric by adapting traditional bobbles and one-sided cables to suit Brioche. These stitches are my invention, but I have explained each step in detail here (hence the lengthy instructions!).

This pattern includes instructions in both English and German and can be knitted in traditional 2-colour Brioche, which results in bobbles in colour 1 (as seen in the yellow scarf) or with syncopated bobbles, which results in bobbles in colour 2 (shown here in the turquoise/red scarf).

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 two variegated yarns such as here, in two solid colours, or in a mix of both, which results in one variegated and one solid colour side.  

  • experience level: advanced
  • techniques used: knit, purl, Brioche knit, Brioche purl, Brioche decreases and increases, “bobbles” and cabling stitches
  • gauge: 20 stitches x 22 rows = 4 inches / 10cm² in Brioche stitch on 4mm needles
  • size:
    • 17 cm wide, 180 cm long
  • yarn: Sirdar “Shawlie” double knitting (80% acrylic, 10% wool, 10% alpaca), variegated, machine washable in wool cycle, 1 skein = 100g / 492 yards / 450 m. For the turquoise/red scarf shown: 1 skein in “Peony” (shade 201, colour 2), 1 skein in “Hydrangea” (shade 204, colour 1). For the yellow scarf shown: 2 skeins in “Chrysanthemum” (shade 0203)
  • weight and yarn amount: 1 skein per colour is the exact amount needed for one scarf at 180 cm length
  • needles: 4 mm circular needles (or double pointed needle if preferred), 4 mm cable needle
  • notions: stitch markers, tapestry needle to secure yarn ends

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