Plaid Personality Brioche Scarf

Plaid Personality is a brioche marvel! What makes this scarf truly special is the reversible syncopated four-color brioche design. Color changes are preceded by a group of garter stitches which make this syncopating process easier to remember. Get ready to find your plaid personality!

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Scarf 12” x 66”; Stole 20” x 66”

Gauge: 20 sts and 21.5 rows = 4” [10 cm] in brioche st; 20 sts and 42 rows = 4” [10 cm] in garter st. Exact gauge is not needed.

Materials

Fine weight yarnYarn: Ewe Ewe Yarn Ewe So Sporty (100% Superwash Merino; 145 yards [132 meters]/50 grams):

#95 Chocolate (MC, 2 (3) balls), #30 Saffron (CC1, 2 (3) balls), #97 Brushed Silver (CC2, 2 (3) balls), #40 Lemon Chiffon (CC3, 2 (3) balls), #70 Aquamarine (CC4, 2 (3) balls), #90 Vanilla (CC5, 1 (1) ball), #20 Red Poppy (CC6, 1 (1) ball).

Needles: US size 6 (4.0 mm) 24” (60 cm) circular.

Notions: Markers, removable markers, tapestry needle.

Abbreviations

LSLC – light side (LS) row, to be completed with light color (LC) yarn; right side row

LSDC – light side (LS) row, to be completed with dark color (DC) yarn; right side row

DSLC – dark side (DS) row, to be completed with light color (LC) yarn; wrong side row

DSDC – dark side (DS) row, to be completed with dark color (DC) yarn; wrong side row

Special Stitches

bSl1 (brioche slip): sl st as if to purl with yarn wrapping up and over stitch on RH needle.

brk (brioche knit): knit the stitch together with its yarnover.

brp (brioche purl): purl the stitch together with its yarnover.

Pattern Notes

Fully reversible syncopated 4-color brioche design. Color changes are preceded by a group of garter stitches which make this syncopating process so easy to remember.

The Garter stitches are later decorated vertically, by pulling red colored strands of yarn through the purl bumps.

Brown and vanilla colored garter stitch rows are centered within each color block and brown only garter stitch rows mark the beginning, the end, and the dividing line between each tile.

Fringe decorations finish this project perfectly.

Instructions for the larger size stole are given in parenthesis () where appropriate.

Pattern

With MC, CO 61 (101) sts using Loop or Twisted Loop cast on or any other elastic cast on.

Knit 1 row, turn.

All following rows have 2 edge sts that are K sts at the beginning and Sl sts at the end of every row.

Next Row: K to last 2 sts, sl2.

Rep this row 2 more times. Cut MC strand, leaving 4” / [10 cm] tail.

Tile One: Instructions for the larger size stole are in parenthesis ().

Attach one strand CC1 as the brioche LC and one strand CC2 as the brioche DC.

Row 1 LSLC: Holding both strands K2, cont with LC only, *bSl1, k1*; rep * to * 8 times, bSl1, k3, *p1, bSl1*; rep * to * 8 times, p1, k3, *bSl1, k1*; rep * to * 8 times, bSl1, (k3, *p1, bSl1*; rep * to * 8 times, p1, k3, *bSl1, k1*; rep * to * 8 times, bSl1), sl2, slide sts back to right end of needle.

Row 1 LSDC: Sl2, cont with DC only, *brp1, bSl1*; rep * to * 8 times, brp1, p3, *bSl1, brk1*; rep * to * 8 times, bSl1, p3, *brp1, bSl1*; rep * to * 8 times, brp1, (p3, *bSl1, brk1*; rep * to * 8 times, bSl1, p3, *brp1, bSl1*; rep * to * 8 times, brp1), sl2, turn.

Row 2 DSLC: Holding both strands k2, cont with LC only, *bSl1, brp1*; rep * to * 8 times, bSl1, p3, *brk1, bSl1*; rep * to * 8 times, brk1, p3, *bSl1, brp1*; rep * to * 8 times, bSl1, (p3, *brk1, bSl1*; rep * to * 8 times, brk1, p3, *bSl1, brp1*; rep * to * 8 times, bSl1), sl2, slide sts back to right end of needle.

Row 2 DSDC: Sl2, cont with DC only, *brk1, bSl1*; rep * to * 8 times, brk1, k3, *bSl1, brp1*; rep * to * 8 times, bSl1, k3, *brk1, bSl1*; rep * to * 8 times, brk1, (k3, *bSl1, brp1*; rep * to * 8 times, bSl1, k3, *brk1, bSl1*; rep * to * 8 times, brk1), sl2, turn.

Row 3 LSLC: Holding both strands K2, cont with LC only, *bSl1, brk1*; rep * to * 8 times, bSl1, k3, *brp1, bSl1*; rep * to * 8 times, brp1, k3, *bSl1, brk1*; rep * to * 8 times, bSl1, (k3, *brp1, bSl1*; rep * to * 8 times, brp1, k3, *bSl1, brk1*; rep * to * 8 times, bSl1), sl2, slide sts back to right end of needle.

Row 3 LSDC: Sl2, with DC *brp1, bSl1*; rep * to * 8 times, brp1, p3, *bSl1, brk1*; rep * to * 8 times, bSl1, p3, *brp1, bSl1*; rep * to * 8 times, brp1, (p3, *bSl1, brk1*; rep * to * 8 times, bSl1, p3, *brp1, bSl1*; rep * to * 8 times, brp1), sl2, turn.

Row 4 DSLC: Holding both strands K2, cont with LC only, *bSl1, brp1*; rep * to * 8 times, bSl1, p3, *brk1, bSl1*; rep * to * 8 times, brk1, p3, *bSl1, brp1*; rep * to * 8 times, bSl1, (p3, *brk1, bSl1*; rep * to * 8 times, brk1, p3, *bSl1, brp1*; rep * to * 8 times, bSl1), sl2, slide sts back to right end of needle.

Row 4 DSDC: Sl2, cont with DC only, *brk1, bSl1*; rep * to * 8 times, brk1, k3, *bSl1, brp1*; rep * to * 8 times, bSl1, k3, *brk1, bSl1*; rep * to * 8 times, brk1, (k3, *bSl1, brp1*; rep * to * 8 times, bSl1, k3, *brk1, bSl1*; rep * to * 8 times, brk1), sl2, turn.

Rep Rows 3-4, 4 more times for a total of 12 brioche rows. Cut both strands, leaving 4” / [10 cm] tail.

Complete a Garter Division:

With MC strand, work 4 rows k to last 2 sts, sl2.

With CC5 strand, work 4 rows k to last 2 sts, sl2.

With MC strand, work 4 rows k to last 2 sts, sl2, cut both MC and CC5 strands, leaving 4” / [10 cm] tail.

Rep Rows 1-12 brioche rows of Tile One pattern.

Complete a Tile Separation: With MC strand, work 4 rows k to last 2 sts, sl2, cut strand, leaving 4” / [10 cm] tail.

Tile Two

Attach one strand CC3 as the brioche LC and one strand CC4 as the brioche DC, complete 12 rows brioche, same as Tile One, but with the tile two colors. Cut both strands, leaving 4” / [10 cm] tail.

Work a Garter Division:

With MC strand, work 4 rows k to last 2 sts, sl2.

With CC5 strand, work 4 rows k to last 2 sts, sl2.

With MC strand, work 4 rows k to last 2 sts, sl2, cut both MC and CC5 strands, leaving 4” / [10 cm] tail.

Rep Rows 1-12 brioche rows of Tile Two.

Complete a Tile Separation: With MC strand, work 4 rows k to last 2 sts, sl2, cut strand, leaving 4” / [10 cm] tail.

For the Scarf (Stole), rep entire sequence, Tile One and Tile Two including the Tile Separation rows, 4 more times.

Rep Tile One once more.

End Scarf (Stole) with 1 rep of Tile Separation.

BO all sts using Jeny’s surprisingly stretchy BO or any other stretchy BO.

Finishing

Wet block the Scarf (Stole) to meas 12 (20)” / [30 (50) cm] wide x 72” / [183 cm] long.

Layout, making sure not to overstretch the brioche and garter sections. When wet, one 12 row brioche section meas 2.5”/ [6 cm] and one 12 row garter section measures 1.25” / [3 cm].

Do not use pins when blocking so the fabric can settle unstressed. The brioche and garter fabric will closely match the finished measurements after completely dry.

Sew in all the ends.

Cut 8 (16) pieces of CC6 at least 76” / [193 cm] long. Use a sewing needle to feed a strand in between the first and 2nd purl bumps of the 3 garter sts that separate the syncopated brioche. Feed the strand up through the entire length of the piece, leaving about 5” / [13 cm] tail on both ends. Feed another strand in between the 2nd and 3rd purl bumps, next to the previous strand.

Rep the same 2 strand feed through for all 3 garter stitch bands on both the right side and wrong side of the piece.

For the fringe cut 10” / [25 cm] long strands 20 (32) each from CC1 and CC2, 18 (30) each from CC3 and CC4. Hold together 1 strand from CC1 and CC2, fold the strands in half and attach to the Scarf (Stole) end. Alternate between CC1 – CC2 pairs and CC3 – CC4 pairs, leaving .25” / [1 cm] between each fringe. Incorporate the CC6 strands that are already in place by tying the 4 strands together. Trim the fringe to an even length of approx. 4.5” / [11 cm].

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