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  • Craft: Knit
  • Free/Paid: Paid
  • Yarn Weight: Worsted
  • Yarn Base: Pearlescent Worsted
  • Yarn Base: Enduring Worsted
  • Yardage: 400-599
  • Yardage: 600-799
  • Project Type: Shawls/Wraps
  • Project Type: Scarves/Cowls
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
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Scarf: 6” W x 92” L (15.25 cm x 234 cm)
Shawl:18” W x 80” L (46 cm x 203 cm)


Expression Fiber Arts Pearlescent Worsted and Enduring Worsted yarn

Scarf Version: 2 skeins of Color A) Abyss Enduring Worsted & 2 skeins of Color B) River Rock Pearlescent Worsted

Shawl Version: 3 skeins of Color A) Poised Pansy Pearlescent Worsted & 3 skeins of Color B) Chilled Pearlescent Worsted 

Any two yarns close to the same weight will work. High color contrast is best when learning, so the stitch components are easier to see.

If those colors aren’t available, any from this category will work.


US size 8 (5.00 mm) circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge


Intermediate: This pattern is for those who feel comfortable with knitting and have made a few projects, using various skills and techniques. Skills/concepts include learning brioche knitting techniques through the use of slip stitches, yarn overs, and working two stitches together.

Notes From the Designer:

Two-color brioche knitting can create some stunning designs that are next to impossible to create any other way. Using two contrasting colors, the design appears to float above the background. However, unless there is a thorough understanding of the basics, the stitch patterns can be difficult for the knitter to be successful with.

This pattern will guide you through the steps of understanding the elements of two-color brioche. Working with slip stitches, yarn overs, and “pairs” of stitches, you will learn how to make the basic brioche stitches. A bit of patience is also required, as you will need to learn to look at your stitches in a slightly different way. The reward is a beautifully thick and cozy scarf or shawl and a whole new way to combine all of those yarns in your stash! 

  • Click the videos tab to watch a video on some tips and tricks to help you learn how to work two-color brioche.
  • The scarf sample shown used approximately 520 yards total: Color A) 261 yards and Color B) 259 yards. The shawl sample shown used approximately 1152 yards total: Color A) 576 yards and Color B) 576 yards.
  • Color 1 will be the dark color (DC), and Color 2 will be referred to as the light color (LC).
  • Most two-color brioche patterns use the LC at the edges and work it first, followed by the DC. In this pattern, the DC is at the edge, so the brioche row is first worked in DC, followed by LC.
  • When working two-color brioche, one brioche row requires knitting the same row twice. You will work the row once in Color 1 (DC), and then slide your work back to the end of the needle and work it again in Color 2 (LC). The work is then turned for the next row.
  • The light side (LS) and dark side (DS) indicate which color is most pronounced in the design.
  • A brioche row consists of a plain selvedge stitch at each end with alternating plain stitches and a brioche stitch. The brioche stitch is a pair made up of one yarn over and one slipped stitch. As you are learning, check this pattern after completing every row.
  • While learning how to work brioche, it is highly recommended that you use lifelines. If you need to rip back, it can be very confusing to find your stitches and yarn overs without one!
  • All slipped stitches are worked with the needle inserted as if to purl.
  • Read through all of the instructions before beginning. You may choose to work the stripes as indicated, change the number of rows in the striping, or eliminate the stripes altogether.
  • The stitch terminology that follows was developed by Nancy Marchant.

Designed by Jane Vanselous

Erratum: CO 73 sts for shawl.

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