I found myself in need of a snug cowl. A Cushiest Cowl. The air-trapping quality of brioche adds extra insulation to this very utilitarian accessory, and Nancy Marchant’s Garter Ridge design adds a bit of fun.
Choosing colors is the hard part—there are so many great combinations. Seaglass and Peat are the shades that I decided to use, this time …
The Mods, Nell Style
My own gauge is a little firmer than the pattern calls for, and for an even closer fit I reduced the cast on to 96 stitches, still a multiple of 8 (which is the pattern repeat ). My finished circumference is approximately 21″ (53cm) and the depth is about 10″ (25.5cm). My version took just one skein of each color!
To recreate my version:
- Cast on with Seaglass as A. After working a dozen rounds in 2 Color Brioche Stitch, begin to work from Dotty Wrist Warmers Brioche Pattern Chart 2: rounds 1–8, then rounds 1 & 2. After 4 more rounds of brioche, work 2 consecutive rounds of B which reverses or swaps the colors, and brings the Peat to the foreground.
- Continue with Peat as A. To further mirror the first half, reverse the direction of the arrows by beginning with rounds 5–8, then working rounds 1–6. End with a dozen rounds of 2 Color Brioche Stitch before working the bind off rounds.
The BOR Play-by-Play: I don’t use a marker for the BOR, the unused strand of yarn marks that for me:
From Left to Right: Finishing a round with yarn B with yarn A waiting to be moved up for the BrP; Yarn A up and over for that final BrP; BrP completed with yarn B left at the front for BOR, and yarn A brought forward to work the BrK
After posting the beginning of this project to social media, a friend responded with an excited comment about wanting to learn this mysterious stitch. We immediately made a date to meet up for coffee. She quickly learned the new stitches, and practiced on this very project; I love that other hands have added to the warmth. And I look forward to seeing the mods you make to your Cushiest Cowl.