Knitstant Gratification

The crafting adventures of a knitter, music lover, and hockey fan.

Brioche!!

Posted by Andi on March 31, 2018

There are so many beautiful brioche patterns out there that I want to knit, so late last year I took a beginner brioche class at a local yarn shop. It was great.

It worked out really well because a woman who works for my dad had requested a scarf. Normally I don’t take requests, but she helps out my dad and stepmom so much that I wanted to do something nice for her. She wanted a black scarf, so I bought some black yarn and started looking for patterns. Then I realized I can use the scarf to practice brioche!

Scarf for Mouse
No pattern, basic one color brioche
Yarn: Knit Picks Mighty Stitch in Black, 2.72 skeins (565.8 yards)
Needles: US 8
Date started: December 23, 2017
Date completed: January 27, 2018

Instead of looking for a pattern, I used instructions for one color brioche on the handout I received from the class, I just cast on more stitches. After a while, the single color brioche became basic for me – I could work on the scarf while watching television or whatever. The problem was trying to fix any errors. Maybe it was because the yarn was black, or because it was one color, but it was difficult for me to see how to fix mistakes. When I made a mistake I had to rip back until I was comfortable that the stitches didn’t fall down more and grab all the stitch loops and yarn overs. That happened infrequently, but I was able to make it work. I finally gave the finished scarf to the recipient a few weeks ago, and she really liked it.

A two color brioche cowl pattern came with the class, along with the yarn, so I made that next.

Funkasonic Cowl
Pattern: Funkasonic Cowl by Heidi Gustad
Yarn: Why Knot Fibers Steady, 157 yards
Needles: US 8
Date started: January 27, 2018
Date completed: January 29, 2018

I don’t have a lot of information on the yarn, other than the brand. The shop balled up different colors, which were partial skeins (I’m assuming half a skein but I could be wrong) and we were able to choose two contrasting colors to make the cowl. I chose the green first, and chose this gold color because if you look at it really closely you case see some green speckles in it. I thought they would go nicely together, and didn’t even realize that they were basically Green Bay Packers colors right away. When it came time to decide the main and contrast colors, I decided to make the gold the main color, since green is the Packers’ main color.

This is such a great cowl, though. The yarn is so nice and smooshy, and it’s so nice knit up in brioche. It’s very warm. In the class I learned that two color brioche in the round is easier to learn than two color brioche flat, so this is a great pattern if you are just starting to learn brioche. Honestly, I want to make another one. It would make a great gift.

These two projects knock of two of my fiber goals for 2018. So far I have been on track with my goals. We’ll see if it continues.

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