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Dear Kay,

Simple, luxurious, mesmerizing, irresistible.

That’s what you’ll hear from me when I talk about this Honeycomb Scarf design by Nancy Marchant. It’s a highlight of our new Field Guide No. 21: Brioche.

I confess that I jumped the gun on making this scarf, back in the dim days of winter when we were working with Nancy and Melanie Falick on this Field Guide.

I had the yarn Nancy specified for her design: Freia Fine Handpaints Shawl Balls.

And I also had a collection of Freia Minikins, the pint-sized baby version of a Shawl Ball.

It took about two seconds for me to start working on my Honeycomb Scarf using a mix of Minikins with a Shawl Ball. The results are up top.

I really, really loved making this thing. It answered my craving for comfort knitting, and it let me play in Tina Whitmore’s world of exquisite, slow-shifting color.

Only at MDK, Special Bundles

In the interest of sharing the joy, we’ve created the Honeycomb Scarf Bundle—exclusive bundles of Freia so that you can get your comfort on. These are available only in our Shop, and we are proud of the fact that Tina worked with us to make these bundles available to you.

This broken-rib brioche allows a lot of color play. You use the Shawl Ball for the entire length of the scarf, and swap out the Minikins as you go. The result is a slow-roll colorblock effect that is wildly diverting to knit.

The Honeycomb Scarf Bundles are named for the seasons of the year.

Spring is the colorway you see in the gallery above. We see tulips and crocus and daffodils in here, and new grass amid the chill.


Summer. Hot color and saturated brights are the palette here.


Fall. There’s a campfire in the forest, and the deepening twilight.


Winter. Frosty, icy, deep, and dark.

As a new knitter of brioche, I found this Honeycomb Scarf to be a perfect way to get my muscle memory going regarding the rhythm of two-color brioche. And, after making at least a half dozen Freia projects, it was a pure and simple pleasure to return to this yarn I love so much.

What season is speaking to you? I think I’m going for Summer next.



PS If you’d like to go with two Shawl Balls for your Honeycomb Scarf, we have great colors in the Shop where you can choose your combination. The result? Yours alone, unique—no two Honeycomb Scarves will be alike.


  • And two Freia yarn bombs for a shawl size? Maybe with a few Minikins thrown in? Just looking at my stash….

    • Oh wow, two Yarn Bombs would be a perfect shawl. I think you could just go double wide on the number of stitches cast on and you’d have something very amazing. And sure, Minikins are the spice of life, right? : )

  • This pattern really speaks to me. I think I would prefer 2 shawl balls to get the “fade” effect throughout. Beautiful!

  • Lovely cowl but $102 is a little rich for my budget and my neck. Options? I have tons of leftover fingering weight so perhaps …
    MDK is certainly adding to my personal skill set … first colorwork now brioche.

    • That is stunning and my stash is screaming use me, use use me! I can’t wait to dive in!

  • A bunch of time was spent in the past couple of days searching for “broken rib brioche” to no avail. Is this a stitch specific to this project? I’d like to see what I’m in for before tackling this beautiful scarf!

    • Try searching “brioche broken rib” (in that order) too. We’ve seen this stitch called “syncopated brioche” as well since the usual rib column of stacked knits and purls is shifted/broken to create the honeycomb effect. I’m six inches into my scarf and muscle memory has completely taken over, but it definitely helped to knit the first 16 rows without distractions.

      • First, I need to know if this stitch is done with an odd number or an even number of cast on stitches

  • I am considering ordering the spring bundle for this scard. Just curious…dors Nancyks pattern advise when to utilize the mini skeins?

    • No, the pattern is written for two Shawl Balls. The sample shown here swaps in one Minikin at a time for the second Shawl Ball. To achieve the same effect, save this post to your MDK account and consult the picture of the scarf pictured from end to end following the color combinations as shown.

  • Started this with the Winter combo and I’m loving it. Like Cristina, I had to really pay attention at first but now the pattern is on auto-pilot. And both sides look wonderful!

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