Neighborly Cowl by Lesley Anne Robinson

Neighborly Cowl

May 2018
DK (11 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in Double Brioche stitch in the round
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 11 - 8.0 mm
290 yards (265 m)
One size: 20” / 51 cm unstretched circumference and 10” / 25.5 cm height, measured after blocking.
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Introducing the Neighborly Cowl :: a simply squishy color blocked cowl, all knit using both one-color and two-color Double Brioche to create a subtle gradient.

This cowl is knit completely in the round, transitioning from One-Color Double Brioche to Two-Color Double Brioche to create a subtle gradient effect. Double Brioche is a fascinating technique that creates a gorgeously thick and squishy fabric. I designed this cowl to compliment this small batch run of YOTH Yarns Neighbor yarn, which has a delightful story and is wonderful to work with. Please visit to read more about where this yarn comes from and its ethical sourcing.

Grab 4 skeins in a gradient of DK weight yarn. I used 2 marled skeins with 2 solid skeins. This look could also be achieved using a speckled fade combo, or even a solid / semi-solid gradient! As you can see, I used very little yardage of each skein, so you could definitely grab leftovers from your stash!

Skill Level: Beginner brioche; I love this brioche knitting technique, and this is a great pattern to try it out! Here is a video tutorial that I have put together of Two-Color Double Brioche, if you want to take a peek before you try it out. I have also included a video tutorial link in the pattern for the super stretchy bind off I used!!

One size: 20” / 51 cm unstretched circumference and 10” / 25.5 cm height, measured after blocking.

Yarn: 290 yds / 264 m DK weight yarn total
Color A: 90 yds / 82 m
Color B: 55 yds / 50 m
Color C: 55 yds / 50 m
Color D: 90 yds / 82 m

Shown in: YOTH Yarns Neighbor (100% Domestic Wool; 200 yds / 183 m per 95g)
A: 1 skein Natural
B: 1 skein Mustard Light Marl
C: 1 skein Mustard Dark Marl
D: 1 skein Mustard

Needles: Small: 16” / 41cm US 6 / 4.0mm circular needle
Large: 16” / 41cm US 11 / 8.0mm circular needle for casting on sts.
Double Pointed Needles may be substituted. Be sure to use a needle size that results in the correct gauge.

Tools: tapestry needle for weaving ends, stitch marker to note beginning of round

Gauge: 26 sts x 26 rows = 4” / 10cm; measured in Double Brioche stitch in the round (taken after blocking).

Many many thanks to Veronika and Danny with YOTH for their support and love. This yarn is a true inspiration. I also want to thank my tech editor Meaghan Schmalts notsorryknitter and my awesome test knitters!!!