Grafting Two-Color Brioche with the Unified Field Cowl

We are delighted to unveil the inner workings of the Unified Field Cowl—a quintessential winter accessory featuring an intriguing stitch, luxurious yarn, and a seamless finish. The two-color brioche pattern creates a light and cushy fabric that provides just the right amount of warmth. You’ll love knitting the cowl just as much as wearing or gifting it!

The easy-to-memorize brioche pattern makes this a relaxing knit that lets you spend some quality time experiencing the feel of a soft yarn in your hand. And the cowl finishes seamlessly, thanks to Joni’s unique two-pass method for grafting brioche. All of these elements—the yarn, stitch pattern, and grafting—combine to create a sophisticated knit you’ll wear for years.

For complete written instructions, photos, and illustrations for working and grafting the cowl, visit Free Unified Field Cowl pattern, by Joni Coniglio, from Interweave Knits Winter 2019.

This blog is part 1 of a two-part video series we’ve put together to help you master this technique.

Part 1 of this tutorial on grafting two-color brioche covers three topics:
● How to cast on provisionally when working (and grafting) two-color brioche
● How to work the set-up row
● How to work the two-color brioche pattern that was used in the Unified Field Cowl from Interweave Knits Winter 2019




This tutorial is intended for those who are somewhat familiar with working single-color and/or two-color brioche stitch. If you are looking for a beginner-level tutorial, there are many excellent resources available.

Part 2 will show you how to graft brioche in two passes:
● (First pass) Grafting purl stitches and yarnovers
● (Second pass) Grafting selvedge stitches, knit stitches and yarnovers

Tools needed for working the Unified Field Cowl from Interweave Knits Winter 2019:
● Woolfolk Far in colors #02 gray (MC) and #12 plum (CC), 2 skeins each
● DK or worsted-weight cotton waste yarn for provisional CO
● Size 7 (4.5 mm): 24″ circular needle
● Size I/9 (5.5 mm) crochet hook
● Blunt tapestry needle

Note: For the cowl shown in this video, we used Blue Sky Fibers Extra (affiliate link), 1 skein each in colors #3514 marsh (MC) and #3518 java (CC), a size 8 (5 mm) cir needle, and size H/8 (5 mm) crochet hook.

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