Have fun, get creative and bust your stash in the process - this brioche cowl is knit flat and makes an ideal gift! The shape mimics a triangular shawl for ease of wear.
If you have been wondering how to get into brioche, then the Creel Cowl is a perfect place to start. This is a bandana style cowl that is designed to sit easily across your shoulders and be worn with elegant and comfortable ease - no need to fuss with any slipping around the shoulders! Creel is the perfect way to practice two colour brioche, featuring a sampler of brioche stitch patterns combined with bands of effortless garter stitch.
The cowl is knit using one skein or less of each colour and is effective in colours with any amount of contrast, making it easy to choose colours that would go well together from your stash. The Creel Cowl is knit flat with edges neatly finished with a double knit selvedge worked as you go. At the end, a short seam turns the flat piece into a cowl!
A creel is a traditional a wicker basket that could be carried on the back and was used to hold the day's catch. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the fishing industry and in particular a boom in Herring exports, reshaped the fabric of the Scottish landscape by forging ties between remote villages and connecting them to the rest of the world. This presented an opportunity for many young, working class women who found work and freedom by gutting the fish and packing it into barrels of salt. With its bold herringbone pattern, Creel presented itself as the natural name for this pattern, re-establishing our connectedness as knitters; as long before we were sharing patterns on the internet, those hardworking women were spreading them beyond their local communities, as they knit while waiting for the catch to come in.
Skills for knitting this project
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20 sts and 40 rows = 4” / 10cm in garter stitch on larger needles
20 sts and 24 rows (1 row = 1 pass in each colour) = 4” / 10cm in basic 2 colour brioche rib on smaller needles
Width at top edge/ circumference at top approx: 25” / 62.5 cm
Depth at centre front approx: 24” / 60cm
C1: 220 yds / 200m, C2: 120 yds / 110m, C3: 110yds / 100m
Blue and Mustard version
Knitcraft Biscuit Make the Change DK Yarn (85% Polyester, 15% Acrylic, 285 yds / 260m, 100g) in C1: Denim, C2: Cream, C3: Mustard
Blue Sky Fibers Woolstock Worsted (100% Fine Highland Wool, 123yds / 112m, 50g) C1: Midnight Sea, C2: Driftwood
Yarn Hero ColorMix DK (Superwash Merino Wool, 240 yds / 230m, 100g) C3: Pine Needle
Needles and notions
US 5 / 3.75 mm 24” / 60cm or longer circular needle
US 6 / 4 mm 24” / 60cm or longer circular needle
Pdf file versions
Our patterns are thoroughly checked and tested but occasionally errors do slip through. These are updated in the patterns as soon as possible, and we also issue periodic updates to clarify directions, extend size ranges, or add more inclusive pattern formats.
If it's been a while since you purchased this pattern please double check that your file names match the following before casting on:
Creel cowl v1.1
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