Water Born by Jacqueline Cieslak

Water Born

January 2020
yarn held together
+ Lace
= Fingering (14 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in brioche
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
130 - 150 yards (119 - 137 m)
custom fit
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This pattern was designed to teach brioche to first-time brioche knitters as an accompaniment to the Water Bearer sweater, available on Ravelry here.


WATER BORN is a pattern for 3 single-color brioche headwraps of increasing complexity. The wraps are simple and easy to wear, perfect for brisk morning walks or quick and delicate knitted gifts. The pattern includes detailed instructions and 7 video tutorials for everything from brioche 101 to invisible finishing methods for the headwraps. The 3 options make this an ideal “first” brioche pattern, allowing you to begin with straight brioche stitch and work your way up to increasing and decreasing.


This headwrap is designed for a DK weight wool/wool blend OR a fingering weight wool held together with a laceweight mohair/silk. For option A, I used Ritual Dyes Maven Fingering (100% fine SW merino, 265 yds/50g) and Fae Laceweight (70% mohair, 30% silk, 459 yds/50g) in Bone; for options B & C, I used Ritual Dyes Priestess DK (100% fine SW merino, 250 yds/115g) in Iron and Aquarius.

You can use either a single strand of DK or fingering/laceweight held double for any of the options (A, B, or C).

Yarn requirements in Ritual Dyes Priestess DK: 1 skein
Yarn requirements in Ritual Dyes Maven & Fae: 1 skein of each
Yarn requirements by yardage: 130 yds of DK – or – 130 yds each of fingering & laceweight
Yarn requirements by meter: 119 meters of DK – or – 119 meters each of fingering & laceweight

Ritual Dyes has kits available on her website for the yarns I used for the samples in the pattern photos!

I have provided a list of other suitable yarns at a range of price points at the end of the list page. Scroll down!


Gauge: 14 sts and 30 rows over 4”/10cm in brioche after blocking

Recommended needles:
Main needles for brioche: US 4 (3.5 mm) 24”/60 cm circular
Larger needles for i-cord bind off: US 6 (4 mm), any length circular or DPN

Notions: scrap yarn, darning needle, crochet hook for provisional cast-on


Circumference: 21”/53.5 cm or custom fit (only available for options A & B)
Width: 6”/15 cm

NOTE: The headwrap is intended to fit with 0-2”/0-5 cm of negative ease.


The following original video tutorials were created to accompany this pattern and are linked throughout the pattern:

  1. Styling the Water Born headwrap
  2. Provisional crochet cast-on
  3. Setup rows 1 & 2
  4. Brioche 101: sl1yo and brk
  5. Brioche 102: decreasing & increasing
  6. Invisibly graft brioche
  7. Picking up stitches & i-cord bind-off


See pictures of other Water Born headwraps and share pictures of your own progress on Instagram with the hashtag #WaterBornHeadwrap. Be sure to tag @jacquelinecieslak too!


This list is at the end of the pattern listing because it is usually long!


Knit Picks City Tweed DK
Lion Brand Hand Dyed Heaven

DK Bluefaced Leicester (BFL) Superwash
Brooklyn Tweed Arbor

Yoth Big Sister
La Bien Aimée Merino DK
Magpie Fibers Swanky DK


Garnstudio Drops Kid-Silk
Knitpicks Aloft

Sugarbush Drizzle
Valley Yarns Southampton

Rowan Kidsilk Haze
The Farmers Daughter Mighty Mo


Isager Alpaca 1
Lang Alpaca Superlight

The Farmers Daughter Oh Dang


Holst Garn Supersoft
Custom Woolen Mills Spinner
Cloudborn Merino Singles

Malabrigo Mechita
Neighborhood Fiber Co. Rustic Fingering

La Bien Aimée Mondim
The Farmers Daughter Soka’pii