Brioche knitting seems to be the topic of the day lately. Last week I was able to go to Stitches Midwest 2016 in Chicago and I heard a lot of buzz about it from knitters walking around in the market. Brioche also makes me think of delicious bread. Whatcha gonna do?
Happily I stumbled upon KnitCircus Yarns’ booth:
and saw this beautiful cowl that was the squishiest and loveliest rainbow creation called the Chromatic Cowl! Here’s a link by the way…you are welcome!:
My friend and I squished it for quite a while. At first it looks like a ribbed stitch but if you start picking around at it, which we did, you can see something strange was going on with that ribbing.
A couple of months ago I had picked up Nancy Marchant’s book “Knitting Brioche: The Essential Guide to the Brioche Stitch” but hadn’t yet had a chance to check it out.
Well, hot dog! Things worked out. The book has some great tips for everything Brioche. It did give me a little twinge in my neck however as I really just wanted to dig in and make something simple right away. The Chromatic Cowl is the perfect add-on for this book. Amy Detjen, who wrote the pattern, mentions on the pattern page that it’s a pretty easy pattern if you know how to do Brioche knitting but definitely refer to Nancy’s book for help as she’s the expert. Perfect!
I had no problem figuring out what to do in the pattern after I read some helpful hints in the book. Make sure you don’t cast on too tight. I used the German Twisted Cast On method. This does take a bit more yarn to cast on so be generous in this area. I picked out a beautiful yarn from KnitCircus Yarns along with a natural color for the two-color Brioche:
Try not to start your project while you are watching an exciting women’s rugby match on the Olympics, okay? You might have trouble. I know…
Here’s my start:
You can see I’ve progressed pretty well here:
This is just SO soft.
Now don’t laugh too hard while reading the knitting abbreviations as you will see a BRP in there. Psssst…it’s not a real Burp…but you sure won’t forget it now.
If you have any troubles, just look up Nancy Marchant’s videos and you’ll be fine.
Get on that wagon…the Brioche Knitting Wagon!
-Here’s my Pot O’Gold-this moment-