Leafy Origami Cowl by Michele Bernstein

Leafy Origami Cowl

December 2020
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches = 4 inches
in brioche rib
US 6 - 4.0 mm
180 - 220 yards (165 - 201 m)
18 (22)" circumference, 7" tall
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The Leafy Origami Cowl features a stitch pattern that falls into mountain and valley folds, just like origami. The result is a delightfully three dimensional fabric. The beginning of the round moves forward and backward on several rounds to maintain the central vein of the first leaf as the first stitch of the round. This makes Leafy Origami a challenging brioche pattern. The results are worth it! I’ve made several video tutorials to guide you through the increases, decreases, and moving the markers.

The stitch pattern biases a lot, so your gauge swatch isn’t terribly helpful. Choose a needle that gives you a brioche rib fabric you like, and know that the finished piece will be narrower than you expect!

Choose 2 worsted weight yarns in contrasting colors and tonal value. I’m able to get one large and one small cowl from the 2 skeins of Malabrigo Rios.

The stitch pattern is adapted from the Under Dutch Skies stitch pattern in Nancy Marchant’s book, Knitting Fresh Brioche.

Thanks to tech editor Meaghan Schmaltz, and test knitters Ann Berg, Debbie Braden, Elizabeth Forester, and Wendy Sakai.

This pattern is also available from my Payhip store.