knit/lab/black forest brioche

A dazzling brioche pattern with shifting feathery clusters of color and fern-like contrasts of density. Please note that the pattern assumes you are familiar with the brioche knitting technique!

Light color: Schoppel Wolle Zauberball Crazy, Tiefe Wasser colorway, approximately 58g/243m/266yds; dark color: Hedgehog Fibres Sock Yarn, Plump colorway, approximately 50g/200m/218yds

The swatch (right) was knit on 3.5mm/US4 needles, with two & a half repeats of the chart; dimensions of swatch: 33in/84cm long by 20in/51cm wide

Gauge: approximately 30 sts and 10 rows = 4 inches/10cm in Brioche pattern


The image below shows a project with five and a half repeats of the chart, approximately 66in/167cm long, requiring a bit more than one ball of each colorway.  If you are running short of yarn you can start finishing up on any row of the chart. Allow two balls of each colorway for a larger project. Alternatively you can supplement one skein of Hedgehog and one Zauberball, by splicing in different yarns every now and then for extra variety in the colorwork. I used a plain dark color and a self-striping light color; using two Zauberball colorways will create extra visual interest as the various shifting tones and shades interact with each other.


This is a charted pattern with some notes on brioche techniques. For clarity and ease of use, the chart shows patterned rows only and does not use standardized Brioche symbols and notation. Stitches include double increases, left and right-leaning decreases, and a centered quadruple decrease. The quadruple decrease is shown very clearly in this video tutorial by Xandy Peters.




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