Brioche Neck Warmer by Wendy Easton
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Brioche Neck Warmer

October 2003
Aran (8 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in bicolor brioche pattern
380 yards (347 m)
Approx 21" around x 8" high
Errata available:

Pattern description from Weekend Knitting: “A lot of serious knitters believed it couldn’t be done - that is, brioche stitch in the round. In fact, when I called my friend Therese Inverso to tell her about the Brioche Hat and Neck Warmer, both of which are knitted in the round, she was very suspicious. ‘Even the great Elizabeth (knitting icon and in-the-round devotee Elizabeth Zimmermann 1910-1999) didn’t do brioche in the round,’ she said. But it was Elizabeth’s daughter, Meg Swansen, who had introduced me to this project’s designer, Wendy Easton, impressed as she was with Wendy’s unique and imaginative approach to knitting. Although they never met, Wendy considers Elizabeth a mentor, and for this project she presents three techniques based on Elizabeth’s innovations: the two-strand tubular cast-on, the built-in I-cord edging, and the tubular bind-off.”

Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted (85% wool, 15% mohair; 190 yards / 4 ounces): 1 skein each of dark (D) and light (L) colors for each piece; 3 skeins each of D and L for the entire set (scarf, hat, and neck warmer). Shown in book in #M89 roasted coffee with #M23 fuchsia, #M47 Tahiti teal with #M69 old sage, and #M42 twilight green with #M69 old sage.


  • One 16” circ or set of four dpn size US 8 (5 mm).
  • Change needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Yarn needle, stitch marker, 2 yards thin smooth scrap yarn for provisional cast-on (optional)

Note about Gauge: “Each st in the dominant column of slip sts can be counted as 2 rows/rnds.”

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