Bravo (Brioche Kerchief Cowl). by Nick Davis

Bravo (Brioche Kerchief Cowl).

February 2021
Sport (12 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 31 rows = 4 inches
in brioche rib, knit flat, lightly blocked
US 3 - 3.25 mm
200 - 334 yards (183 - 305 m)
One size, customizable.
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Bravo is a brioche kerchief cowl, knit mostly flat, with no seams to sew. It can be knit at any gauge, in any yarn! It’s a good showcase for handspun yarn or leftover bits of special skeins. (It’s called Bravo because I just remembered that that’s something I do when I was setting it up as “Brioche Kerchief Cowl.”)

Size this project to fit your (or your recipient’s) head circumference, and wear it as a neckwarmer or a headwrap, per your preference.

The sample has a gauge of about 18 sts and 31 rows over 4”/10cm, in blocked brioche rib, but this pattern can be custom-knit in any yarn, at any reasonable gauge. (I’m following brioche gauge conventions with this measurement, just in case: two rows of brioche worked technically amount to one row of brioche for gauge.)


  • One skein of Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo or Sock, or about 250 yards of handspun sportweight yarn. My sample is handspun, and you’re probably going to be using something different! so yardage is approximate.
  • 1 24” circular needle in US3-5/3.25-3.75mm, or size needed for gauge
  • Tapestry needle

The finished kerchief should be around 9”/23cm across the top, for a relaxed circumference of about 18”/46cm. It should fit over the wearer’s head to be worn as a cowl-style bandana, and also fit well as a headwrap/earwarmer.