Anacortes by Anne Kuo Lukito


Color brioche knitting looks more challenging than it appears, but don’t let it intimidate or fool you. You’ll be surprised at how easy it actually is and get fantastic results to boot! No matter which cowl you choose to make, both are good introductory projects into brioche knitting and are wonderful additions to your accessories wardrobe, or that of a loved one.

Anacortes uses a basic 2-color brioche knitting technique. Anacortes is worked in the round in a looser gauge and is fairly easy — really!

If you like Anacortes, also check out its sister pattern in a different brioche stitch, Friday Harbor. In photos, Friday Harbor is the shorter cowl on the blonde model.

Sample worked in Medium using 1 skein each of The Fibre Company Terra (40% baby alpaca, 40% merino, 20% silk;98yds/50g); Colors: Sorrel (A), Olive Leave (B), Shale (C) Beet (D).

Sizes / Finished Measurements:

Medium (Extra Wide); Circumference: 24 (28)”/ 61 (71)cm; Height: 8”


  • Worsted weight yarn in 4 colors: 41 (48)yds/ 37.5 (44)m each
  • US 6/ 4mm 16”/ 40cm circular needle or size to obtain gauge;
  • Stitch markers, Tapestry needle


  • 10 sts and 22 rows = 4” in pattern
  • NOTE: See “Brioche knitting” notes in the pattern. In brioche knitting, 2 brioche rows equals 1 full regular row worked or counted.

Other Pattern Details:

  • Detailed knitting instructions in a professionally designed layout
  • Instructions include both US standard and Metric measurements
  • Easy-to-read font, instructions, charts and diagrams
  • Instructions for brioche pattern both charted and written out
  • 4 pages, full color with active links
  • Skills and Techniques Used in Pattern
  • Working in the round, Brioche knitting
  • pattern enabled for notations in e-readers