Leander by Veronik Avery


October 2018
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
13 stitches and 39 rows = 4 inches
in Purled Brioche Rib with Size A needle, after blocking
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
630 yards (576 m)
9½” [24 cm] wide; 63″ [160 cm] long
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Leander begins with twisted rib, morphing into a traveling current of brioche rib shaped to follow a sinuous course by a combination of decorative increases and decreases. This directional shaping also lends gentle curves along the scarf’s outer edges, fluidly framing the neck and the shoulders when draped. Worked in woolen-spun Shelter, Leander makes for a gratifying combination of tactile indulgence and lofty warmth.


This scarf is worked in two pieces, each from the cast-on edge to the center. The pieces are then joined.


  • 5 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 140 yards/50 grams)

  • Photographed in colors Flannel and Hayloft


  • 630 yards of worsted weight wool yarn


  • 13¼ stitches & 39 rows = 4″ in Purled Brioche Rib with Size A needle, after blocking

Note that for Brioche Rib, each elongated stitch in a column of knit stitches represents two rows; when you count these it will appear that 19½ rows = 4”.


Size A (for Main Fabric)

  • One circular needle* (any length) in size needed to obtain gauge listed

  • Suggested Size: 4 mm (US 6)

Size B (for Tubular Cast On and Ribbing)

  • One circular needle* (any length), two sizes smaller than Size A

  • Suggested Size: 3½ mm (US 4)

*Scarf may be worked on straight needles if preferred, but circular needles are required for joining the two halves.

Finished Dimensions

  • 9½” [24 cm] wide; 63″ [160 cm] long

Measurements taken from relaxed fabric after blocking.

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:

  • Tubular Cast On

Skill Level

  • 4 out of 5: Adventurous Intermediate