Meredith Brioche Sampler Cowl by Janice Anderson

Meredith Brioche Sampler Cowl

January 2015
DK (11 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in measured over brioche knit
US 6 - 4.0 mm
219 - 437 yards (200 - 400 m)
Meredith A (Small) and Meredith B (Medium)
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Meredith Sampler Cowl

The Meredith cowl is equally suited to those who have some knowledge of brioche and to those who have none. The pattern allows a beginner to produce a finished project to be proud of, while working at their own pace. The more experienced brioche knitter can tackle the featured designs Meredith version A and B right away.

Just a few words….
Instructions for the Meredith sampler cowl are divided into sections (or Samplers) and are provided in both written and charted format. Instructions begin with Sampler 1 - the brioche knit stitch (brk). With each new sampler the difficulty increases, travelling stitches, cables, brioche purl (brp) and finally Samplers in two colour brioche. Each sampler can be repeated as often as necessary for the knitter to gain confidence. Once the basics are mastered the order of Samplers can be moved around allowing endless design possibilites. Alternatively why not choose your favourite sampler (or samplers) and repeat until your yarn runs out?
This is an extensive pattern, 14 pages in length. It contains written and charted instructions for each of the 11 sampler options as well as clear and helpful photographs.

Yarn Quantities:

For Meredith Sampler Cowl A (Main Image)
Alpaca Dk: (MC)50 g (approx 100 m/109 yd) in charcoal grey, (MC)50 g (approx 100 m/109 yd) in silver grey
For Meredith Sampler Cowl B
Pure Wool Dk: (MC)100 g (approx 260 m/284 yd) in fuchsia pink, (CC)50 g (approx 130 m/142 yd) in orange
Please note: If you choose a substitute yarn in a different fibre than that suggested or you choose to make your own design using the samplers or you choose to repeat only one sampler. The yarn quantities will vary. Quantities stated are based only on the specified yarn at the stated tension.

Needles and Notions:

For one colour brioche 4.00 mm (US 6) straight needles will suffice (Or size required to achieve gauge.)
For two colour brioche 4.00 mm (US 6) circular needle 60 cm (20 in) in length. (Or size required to achieve gauge.)
2 x 4.00 mm (US 6) dpns or 2 cable needles, 1 x 4.50 mm straight or circular needle for cast-on, sharp darning needle, scissors.


18 sts and 24 rows / 10 cm (4 in) measured over unblocked brioche knit stitch on 4.00 mm (US 6) needles.


Cowl A: 18 cm (7 in) wide x approx 70 cm (27 1/2 in) around outer circumference once cowl is stitched together. {18 cm (7 in) wide x approx 52 cm (20 1/2 in) length before assembly.} This is a snug fitting cowl that sits close to the neck.

Cowl B: 18 cm (7 in) wide x approx 86 cm (34 in) around outer circumference once cowl is stitched together. {18 cm (7 in) wide x approx 69 cm (27 in) in length before assembly.}