Now that the holidays are over and my handmade gifts have been delivered I can start posting some more patterns.
Earlier this winter I became mildly obsessed with the brioche stitch. I found this lovely tutorial and pattern for a cowl and I came up with a simple headband/turban using the same stitch.
I took it one step further with this fluffy, scrumptious stitch and decided to make an oversized cowl using larger needles and a wider width. Not only is it super cozy, but you can stretch part of it over your head for a makeshift hood. You can wear it looped around your neck twice or have it hang loosely. It’s a versatile piece that happens to be trendy.
Big Fluffy Brioche Cowl
250 grams of heavy worsted yarn such as Lamb’s Pride (I used 2.5 skeins of Loops & Threads Wool to Wash)
Size US 13 straight needles
I highly recommend watching this video tutorial from HandsOccupied.com as the brioche stitch is much easier to understand visually.
Cast on 40 stitches.
Foundation row: YO before you even start knitting (this is the strange part where it’s easier to understand visually), slip the first stitch purlwise, k1. Repeat YO, sl 1 pw, k1 till the end of the row.
Row 2: *YO, slip 1 purlwise, knit the 2 criss-cross stitches together. Repeat * to end of row.
Repeat row 2 until your work wraps around your neck twice. I didn’t measure the length. It’s really up to you. I used about 2.5 skeins of yarn that was 157 yards per skein.
Bind off all stitches, treating the criss-crossed stitches as one stitch. I didn’t have any specific method to binding off. I just did what worked. Cut yarn leaving an 18-inch tail.
Make one or two twists in your piece and then whip stitch the two ends together. Weave in any remaining tails.
If you find the brioche stitch too confusing you can simply cast on 60 stitches and knit 1, purl 1 rib across all rows until the piece is to your preferred length.
10 thoughts on “Big, Fluffy Brioche Cowl — A Free Knitting Pattern”
This is a very nice pattern and I like the versatility of it!
Thanks so much! It really works for so many outdoor occasions.
Really awesome pattern and so easy. Thanks so much
You’re welcome, Cheryl!
This is absolutely beautiful. I will give this new stitch a try. When I want to do something, I give it my all! Thank so much for sharing and stay warm!
I really love this stitch pattern. And it’s 43 degrees in Anchorage, Alaska right now — too warm for my cowl!
Thanks for your kind comment,
I have made 2 scarves with your pattern. The 2nd I made on 17US needles & 5-bulky yarn. It is just a frothy piece of yarn magic. Thanks so much for introducing me to this stitch.
Thats so great to hear! I might have to try it on bigger needles next time. Thanks for commenting,
Wanting so much to try this but with a different yarn. What are the finished dimensions so I can adjust the number of stitches?
This is such a flexible pattern that I eyeballed the dimensions and didn’t think to record them. I would estimate the cowl is about 18 inches tall unstretched. I am positive that you’ll be able to use a different type of yarn and achieve a similar result using your best judgement.
I’m sorry I don’t have a more precise answer.
Thanks for commenting,