Nicholas Brioche Plaid Scarf

The main feature of the Nicholas Scarf is the rectangular checks in different shades of blue, with just a little hint of white and red to add color and separate the rows of checks. Being worked in brioche stitch, the scarf is perfectly reversible and the colorwork is made using only one color at a time. Nicholas makes the perfect gift for the city traveler on your list.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Size 8” / [20 cm] width x 72″ / [185 cm].

Gauge: 16 sts and 38 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Brioche st after wet blocking

Materials

Yarn: Schachenmayr Merino Extrafine 120 (100% Merino; 131 yards [120 meters]/50 grams): 00150 Marine (MC, 3 balls), 00156 Wolke Meliert (CC1, 3 balls), 00132 Weinrot (CC2, 1 ball), 00102 Natur (CC3, 1 ball)

Needles: US size 5 (3.75 mm) 24” circular

Notions: Tapestry needle, 1 marker

Abbreviations

Brk (brioche knit): Knit the stitch (which was slipped in the row before) together with its yarn over.

Brp (brioche purl): Purl the stitch (which was slipped in the row before) together with its yarn over.

sl1yo: Slip 1 purlwise, while bringing the working yarn over the slipped stitch.

Special Stitches

One-Color Brioche Stitch (worked flat)

Row 1: K1, *sl1 purlwise, work a yarn over placed over the slipped st, k 1 st and the yarn over worked in the previous row together; rep from *, ending with sl1 purlwise, work a yarn over placed over the slipped st, p1, push all the sts to the other end of needle.

Row 2: With CC, sl1, *k 1 st and the yarn over worked in the previous step together, sl1 st purlwise, work a yarn over placed over the slipped st; rep from *, turn work.

Two-Color Brioche Stitch (worked flat)

Cast on an uneven number of stitches onto a double-pointed or circular needle, using two-color italian cast on.

Setup Row (WS): With MC *knit 1, slip 1 stitch purlwise, work a yarn-over placed over the slipped stitch, repeat from *, ending purl 1. Push all the stitches to the other end of needle.

Setup Row (RS): With CC, slip 1, *knit 1 stitch and the yarn-over worked in the previous step together, slip 1 stitch purlwise, work a yarn-over placed over the slipped stitch, repeat from * to last 2 sts, knit 1 stitch and the yarn-over worked in the previous step together, drop CC, leaving yarn to back. Turn the work.

Row 1 (RS): With MC, knit 1, * slip 1 stitch purlwise, work a yarn-over placed over the slipped stitch, knit 1 stitch and the yarn-over worked in the previous row together, repeat from *, ending purl 1. Push all the stitches to the other end of needle.

Row 2 (WS): With CC, slip1, *purl 1 stitch and the yarn over worked in the previous step together, slip 1 stitch purlwise, work a yarn-over placed over the slipped stitch, repeat from *. Turn the work.

Row 3 (WS): With MC, knit 1, *slip 1 stitch purlwise, work a yarn-over placed over the slipped stitch, purl 1 stitch and the yarn over worked in the previous row together, repeat from *, ending purl 1. Push all the stitches to the other end of needle.

Row 4 (RS): With CC, slip 1, *knit 1 stitch and the yarn-over worked in the previous step together, slip 1 stitch purlwise, work a yarn-over placed over the slipped stitch, repeat from * to last 2 sts, knit 1 stitch and the yarn-over worked in the previous step together, drop CC, leaving yarn to back. Turn the work.

Two-Color Brioche Bind Off

The important thing to note in this BO is that you should work by inverting the colors. If in the row below you have a MC st, work it using CC and vice versa.

Step 1: With CC, k the first st.

Step 2: With MC, p the next st.

Step 3: Pass the first st on your right needle over the second st.

Step 4: With CC, brk the next st.

Step 5: Pass the first st on your right needle over the second st.

Rep Steps 2-5 until all sts are bound off.

Break yarn for both colors, pull through.

Weave in ends.

Two-Color Italian Cast On

Brioche Checks Stitch Pattern

Row 1 (RS): With MC, (sl1yo, brk) 4 times, (sl1yo, brp) 4 times. (16 sts)

Row 2 (WS): With CC1, (brp, sl1yo) 4 times, (brk, sl1yo) 4 times.

Row 3 (WS): With MC, (brk, sl1yo) 4 times, (brp, sl1yo) 4 times.

Row 4 (RS): With CC1, (sl1yo, brp) 4 times, (sl1yo, brk) 4 times.

Rows 5-24: Rep Rows 1-4.

Row 25: With CC2, (sl1yo, brk) 4 times, (sl1yo, brp) 4 times.

Row 26: With CC2, (brp, sl1yo) 4 times, (brk, sl1yo) 4 times.

Row 27: With MC, (brp, sl1yo) 4 times, (brk, sl1yo) 4 times.

Row 28: With CC1, (sl1yo, brk) 4 times, (sl1yo, brp) 4 times.

Row 29: With MC, (sl1yo, brp) 4 times, (sl1yo, brk) 4 times.

Row 30: With CC1, (brk, sl1yo) 4 times, (brp, sl1yo) 4 times.

Rows 31-50: Rep Rows 27-30.

Row 51: With CC3, (brp, sl1yo) 4 times, (brk, sl1yo) 4 times.

Row 52: With CC3, (sl1yo, brk) 4 times, (sl1yo, brp) 4 times.

Pattern Notes

This design can be a great first brioche project as it uses only the basic brioche stitches. It is also a good project if you know how to work brioche and want a simple scarf that showcases the cushy stitch and your favorite DK weight yarn.

The pattern used is a simple play with syncopated brioche to simulate a plaid pattern: an easy way to obtain a reversible colorwork with no effort.

It is easy to customize the design, playing with colors or adding or subtracting repeats to obtain a bigger or smaller piece.

Always slip marker when you encounter it if not instructed differently.

Pattern

With Two-color Italian CO and both MC and CC1, CO 35 sts.

To obtain a wider piece it’s possible to add more repeats of the pattern. Each repeat is approx. 4” / [10 cm] wide and is worked on over a multiple of 16 sts, so CO accordingly.

Setup Row 1 (WS): With MC, k1, (sl1yo, k1) 4 times, (sl1yo, p1) 44 times, pm, (sl1yo, k1) 44 times, (sl1yo, p1) 55 times. Slide all the sts to the other side of needle.

Setup Row 2 (RS): With CC1, sl1, *(brp, sl1yo) 4 times, (brk, sl1yo) 4 times; rep from * one more time, brk, sl. Leave yarn in front, turn work.

Start working in pattern.

Row 1 (MC, RS): With MC, k1, *work 1 Brioche Checks rep to marker, sm (if any); rep from * to 2 sts before end, sl1yo, p1. Push all the sts to the other side of the needle.

Row 2 (CC1, WS): With CC1, sl1, *work 1 Brioche Checks rep to marker, sm (if any); rep from * to 2 sts before end, brk, drop CC1, leaving yarn to front, sl1, turn work.

Row 3 (MCWS): With MC, k1, sl1yo, *work 1 Brioche Checks rep to marker, sm (if any); rep from * to 1 st before end, p1. Push all the sts to the other side of the needle.

Row 4 (CC1, RS): With CC1, sl1, *work 1 Brioche Checks rep to marker, sm (if any); rep from * to 2 sts before end, brk, drop CC1, leaving yarn to front, sl1, turn work.

Rows 5-24: Rep Rows 1-4, 5 more times.

Row 25: With CC2, k1, *work 1 Brioche Checks rep to marker, sm (if any); rep from * to 2 sts before end, sl1yo, k1. Push all the sts to the other side of the needle.

Row 26: With CC2, sl1, *work 1 Brioche Checks rep to marker, sm (if any); rep from * to 2 sts before end, brk, drop CC2, leaving yarn to front, sl1, turn work.

Row 27: With MC, k1, *work 1 Brioche Checks rep to marker, sm (if any); rep from * to 2 sts before end, sl1yo, p1. Push all the sts to the other side of the needle.

Row 28: With CC1, sl1, *work 1 Brioche Checks repeat to marker, sm (if any); rep from * to 2 sts before end, brp, drop CC1, leaving yarn to front, sl1, turn work.

Row 29: With MC, k1, sl1yo, *work 1 Brioche Checks repeat to marker, sm (if any); rep from * to 1 st before end, p1. Push all the sts to the other side of the needle.

Row 30: With CC1, sl1, *work 1 Brioche Checks repeat to marker, sm (if any); rep from * to 2 sts before end, brp, drop CC1, leaving yarn to front, sl1, turn work.

Rows 31-50: Rep Rows 27-30, 5 more times.

Row 51: With CC3, k1, *work 1 Brioche Checks repeat to marker, sm (if any); rep from * to 2 sts before end, sl1yo, k1. Push all the sts to the other side of the needle.

Row 52: With CC3, sl1, *work 1 Brioche Checks repeat to marker, sm (if any); rep from * to 2 sts before end, brk, drop CC3, leaving yarn to front, sl1, turn work.

Rep Rows 1-52 for patt.

If you want to obtain a full-length men’s scarf, work 13 repeats of patt, then rep Rows 1-50 once more.

It is also possible to work until the piece has reached the desired length, ending after a CC1 RS Row, so to end on a two-color row. Each rep is approx. 8″ long.

BO all sts.

Finishing

Weave in end.

Wash and let dry flat.

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