Two different yarns in contrasting colors combine to create a simple but intriguing scarf. Each pair of rows is worked alternately with Shelter and Loft in brioche stitch. Amplify the herringbone effect with a high-contrast pairing — like the sample is knit in Cast Iron and Fossil — or use closely related hues for a gentle glow. Imagine a festive Crosshatch in Long Johns and Cinnabar or a moody version blending Stormcloud and Faded Quilt. Stretch-blocking on wires opens up the fabric to further expose the stitch pattern and give the finished fabric a beautiful drape.
385 (715) yards of worsted weight wool yarn in Color 1 (C1)
495 (905) yards of fingering weight wool yarn in Color 2 (C2)
3 (6) skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 140 yards/50g)
2 (4) skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50g)
Scarf photographed in colors Old World (C1) & Artifact (C2) and wrap photographed in colors Cast Iron (C1) & Fossil (C2)
Crosshatch can also be knit with Arbor and Peerie. We knit our sample with 3 skeins of Arbor, in colorway Mesa, and 2 skeins of Peerie, in colorway Cassis.
13 stitches & 40 rows = 4” in Brioche Stitch with Size A needle(s), after stretch-blocking
Note that for Brioche Stitch, each elongated stitch in a column of knit stitches represents two rows; when you count these it will appear that 20 rows = 4”
Size A (for Brioche Fabric)
One 32” circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 4 mm (US 6)
Size B (for Tubular Cast On; optional)
One 32” circular needle one size smaller than Size A
Suggested Size: 3¾ mm (US 5)
A circular needle is required in order to slide the piece back and forth while working the stitch pattern.
Note: if you have adjusted the needle size to obtain the correct gauge, it may or may not be necessary to make a matching adjustment to the needle size used for Tubular Cast On due to variance in individual work. You may wish to test your chosen cast-on method on your swatch.
13¼ (25½)“ 33.5 (65) cm wide; 76¼” 193.5 cm long
Measurements taken from relaxed fabric after stretch-blocking
Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:
1x1 Tubular Cast On For Brioche (Flat knitting; odd number of stitches)
1x1 Tubular Bind Off
Kitchener Stitch (Grafting)
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