Big, Fluffy Brioche Cowl — A Free Knitting Pattern

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 | A Free Knitting Pattern from

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

Darning needle

Big, Fluffy Brioche Cowl | A Free Knitting Pattern from


I highly recommend watching this video tutorial from 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.

*Alternative pattern*

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.

Big, Fluffy Brioche Cowl | A Free Knitting Pattern from


10 thoughts on “Big, Fluffy Brioche Cowl — A Free Knitting Pattern”

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. Wanting so much to try this but with a different yarn. What are the finished dimensions so I can adjust the number of stitches?

    1. Dear Jane,
      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,

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