I am so, so, so happy to have finally finished the brioche scarf! I started this project back in February, and I’ve been working on it on and off for the last 5 months. More off, than on, to be honest. I don’t think I would have finished it if it wasn’t for the fact that I really needed the needles to start my next project. That, and the fact that I am staying in a hostel with AC and have too much spare time on my hands, otherwise knitting a wool scarf in +30 C weather outside would not be enjoyable at all.
I haven’t written much about this scarf. Maybe because I veered off track from the start. I had purchased 8 skeins of expensive possum merino wool in New Zealand and was hoping to knit myself up a beautiful Stephen West shawl. But I think I may have bit off a bit more than I could chew trying to learn brioche and shawl shaping in one go. So I decided to play it simple and just focus on two-colour brioche. It’s a good thing I did, because I still managed to make a mistake or two, and let me tell you, fixing mistakes in brioche is not at all obvious.
Brioche scarf details:
- Scarf dimensions: About 96 inches by 9 inches
- Wool: about* 3 skeins of Outlaw in Charcoal, plus 3 skeins in Yellow
- Needles: 4.0 mm (US Size 6)
- Gauge: 20 st for 4 in in brioche stitch
* I have a confession to make. I have a terrible bad habit of not taking any notes when I knit! I’m slowly starting to get over this habit, but as a result of it can barely remember some essential information about knitting my scarf.
- CO 52 stitches using two-colour cast on.
- Work two colour brioche* until reaching desired length.
- Cast off.
- Add fringe and weave in ends.
Once I got a hand of the brioche technique, it was a pretty mindless knit – perfect for knitting while on the bus or watching a good movie.
*If you’ve never knit two-colour brioche, take a look at this tutorial to get you started.
I can’t wait to go to a country that is cold enough so I can put my scarf to good use!
P.S. Sorry about the lack of photos of the scarf on an actual model. This is partly due to the fact that Pascal, my sole photographer, has left me to go back to Canada, and partly because I still haven’t shelled out for a selfie stick nor do I feel inclined to put on an extremely warm wool scarf in 30+ weather.