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Playing with colors can be one of the great joys when it comes to knitting, most definitely when the colors come together to create the beautiful fabric you envisioned! Sometimes, though, debating on how each color should be used can be a struggle -- I know it can be for me, especially with brioche. This inner battle was the inspiration behind Swing Shift. This fun cowl is an abundance of delicious texture and squishy brioche. Watch the colors play as they shift, highlighting the beauty of each colorway and when they merge together. Whether you go with opposites-attract skeins or a more subtle color shift, this cowl allows for you to dip your toes into the squishtastic world of brioche and playing with color contrasts.

Exciting news! Swing Shift now has a bonus pattern!! That’s right two patterns in one! Swing Shift Bonus is a non-brioche version of the original pattern. This is a fun way to create a similar knitted accessary with sipped stitches and two color garter stitch (see last photo).

Skill Level
Advanced Beginner (this is a great beginner brioche pattern)

Finished Size
25”/63.5 cm circumference
7”/17.5 cm deep in the back
22”/56 cm deep to point in front

Gauges (flat and blocked)
20 sts x 36 rows = 4”/10 cm square Garter Stitch
18 sts x 24 rows = 4”/10 cm square Brioche Rib

DK weight yarn in 2 contrasting colors; Color A: 213 yards/195 m; 3.1 oz/88g; Color B: 232 yards/212 m; 3.4 oz/96g
Sample Used: Campfiber Yarns, Deluxe MCN DK; 80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon; 1 hank of Winter Peach (Color A) and Mallard (Color B)

US7/4.5 mm circular needle 24”/60 cm minimum, or size needed to meet gauge

3 Removable stitch markers
Tapestry needle

Skills Required
Basic knitting skills
2 color brioche or willingness to learn or create the Bonus version with simple slipped stitches!
You will get the following files:
  • PDF (1MB)
  • PDF (5MB)