knitscene Winter 2018: Empire Bluff Cowl
Brioche, you guys!
A couple years ago I asked my former colleagues Amy Palmer and Lisa Shroyer what they thought was the most intimidating or challenging knitting technique, in their personal opinions. They both said brioche! I can’t remember exactly why, but I think they both said something about it being fiddly to knit.
But people LOVE knitting brioche, for real! There is always a brioche project or two on Ravelry’s “Hot Right Now” page. I’m not a brioche connoisseur, so I really have no say in this debate, but I do think it’s mighty pretty!
The Empire Bluff Cowl in knitscene Winter 2018 is a great first brioche project. It’s small, it’s cute, and it doesn’t use much yarn at all. You can put together a thousand different color combinations to get different vibes. If I were to knit it, I’d pair blue and off-white or light gray. Heck—the pattern only calls for two skeins of each color!
The Empire Bluff Cowl calls for an alternating cable cast-on that creates a stretchy and smooth edge that’s perfect for this two-color brioche-stitch project. This reversible accessory is knit with two strands of yarn held together.
DESIGNER Bonnie Nurnberger
FINISHED SIZE 24″ circumference and 12″ tall.
YARN Blue Sky Fibers Baby Alpaca (100% baby alpaca; 110 yd [101 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #807 dijon (yellow; MC) and #508 natural medium gray (CC), 2 skeins each (see Notes).
NEEDLES Size 10 (6 mm): 16″ circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
NOTIONS Marker (m); tapestry needle.
GAUGE 12 sts and 32 rnds = 4″ in brioche st with 2 strands of yarn held tog.