Two-Color Brioche Cowl - August Blog Exclusive - Easy Brioche Knitting Part 3

This month for our August Blog Exclusive we are knitting a Two-Color Brioche Cowl with Mary Maxim Mellowspun shown in Dark Grey and Mary Maxim Prism shown in Rainbow. If you've followed along with Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, then you've already been admiring the beautiful ribbed stitches associated with Brioche Knitting Patterns. In Part 3 of this series, we will be putting those ribbed stitches to work creating a beautiful two-sided cowl. It's the perfect accessory for your favorite fall outfit or to match with a fun fall jacket.

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Two-Color Brioche Knitting

The Two-Color Brioche Cowl pattern is written for both Child and Adult sizes and is available for download by clicking the pattern below or follow along with our video tutorial (COMING SOON). Download the pattern now and follow along. Make sure to tag us with #marymaximblog #sharewithmary when you post. We love seeing what you make and sharing photos.

Two-Color Brioche in the Round

Rib Stitch

We start our cowl working a k1, p1 rib. Work this rib for 1/2 an inch for children's sizes and 1 in for adult sizes.

Begin k1, p1 Ribbing Rnd 1: (right side) *K1, p1; rep from * around. Place a stitch marker after last st to indicate end of rnd.


Begin Brioche Pattern

Note: Throughout the Brioche pattern the yo’s are not counted as a separate stitch. When working the pattern the yo is always knit or purled tog with the sl st.

Set-Up Rnd 1: *K1, yo, sl 1P; rep from * to end.


Brioche Purl

Working the Brioche Technique in the round, you'll notice a new sitch: purl two together (p2tog). This is because we are not turning our work but continuing in the round. If you look back to Parts 1 and Parts 2 of this series, you'll remember that we continued the ribbing into the brioche pattern. We matched the knit stitches of the rib with the knit stitches of the brioche technique, and then we matched the purl stitches with the yo, sl 1P. When knitting in the round, we create the same effect by alternating which stitches get knit or purled together and which stitches get the yo, sl 1P.

Rnd 1: Using CC and pulling yarn from wrong side *yo, sl 1P, p2tog; rep from * to end.


Rnd 2: Using MC *k2tog, yo, sl 1P; rep from * to end.

We recommend that you twist the yarn at the end/beginning of each round to anchor your work and prevent holes.

Repeat Rnds 1 and 2 until cowl measures approximately 3.75” from cast-on edge for child size (5” for adult size), ending after a Round 2.


Knit Ribbing and Cast off

Begin k1, p1 Ribbing


Repeat Rnd 1 of k1, p1 ribbing for 1/2” for child size (1” for adult size).


Cast off loosely. Weave in all ends

Brioche Knit Kits

We hope you enjoyed exploring the Brioche Technique with us. Check out these other kits from Mary Maxim using Brioche Knitting Techniques, and make sure to sign up for our email promotions. We have a few new Brioche patterns in the works to be released over the next yearn.

Free Corner to Corner Crochet Pattern - September Blog Exclusive

Not a knitter? Stay Tuned for September Blog Exclusive. Our November 2018 Blog Exclusive is one of our most popular where we highlighted the Corner to Corner technique to make the Candy Cane Throw. In our September 2019 Blog Exclusive, we will be using the same technique but adding a small twist to create more gorgeous texture and a beautiful graphic seasonal throw. We'll be working our throw with these fall Starlette colors (Black, Cottonwood, Russet, Dark Grey, Starlette Ragg Black) if you wanted to add some to your next shipment from Mary Maxim. 

Stay Tuned

We have more tutorials, yarn reviews, and guest posts in the works, so stay tuned. We'll be featuring the Snowman Macrame Wall Hanging next and dropping more hints about the September Blog Exclusive.

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