Knitting Fresh Brioche

"Knitting Fresh Brioche" coverI’ve got my hands on a copy of Nancy Marchant’s most recent book on brioche knitting, “Knitting Fresh Brioche“, and I’ve been drooling over it all week.  Single colour brioche stitch looks very like a fisherman’s rib, but it really comes into its own when worked in two colours.  There is no “wrong” side to a brioche fabric, with the result than you can create a piece with two equally attractive sides.  One colour dominates on one side and the other colour on the reverse.  This makes it very suitable for scarves and shawls where both sides are visible.

I have previously knitted two of Nancy’s two-colour brioche scarfelets, Rodekool (from Knitty) and It Takes Two.

It takes Two

It Takes Two

2nd Rodekool scarf

Rodekool

They both took a fair bit of concentration, but the results are so worth it.

Inside "Knitting Fresh Brioche"I’m very tempted to try one of the designs from Knitting Fresh Brioche, or to use one of the stitch patterns in the book as a starting point to produce something original.  What I really need is for someone to drop a hint that they’d like a pretty little scarf or cowl for Christmas.  Then I have a excuse to buy yarn and get knitting.

The reason I am being seduced by fresh knitting ideas is I’ve all but finished the winter cardigan I have designed.  The pieces are presently pinned out on blocking mats, then I have only to sew up the raglan seams, knit the neckband and finish the assembly.  It seemed to fit when I pinned it all together, and I pray that it still does so when it is finished.  No photos until I’ve decided what to do with this design.  If I can be bothered to grade it for different sizes, I may submit it for publication to a magazine – if it isn’t too late in the year for that, quite possibly their deadlines for winter knits have already passed.

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About yorkshirecrafter

I live and work in West Yorkshire.  I've always enjoyed crafts of all types, from woodwork to lace-making.  I also enjoy anything mathematical, which makes knitting a favourite pastime, especially complicated designs.  I've been advising businesses and industry on environmental matters for 30 years and also have an interest in green living, especially where it saves me money. I live with my husband and our Maine Coon in a 100-year-old cottage that constantly needs something doing to it.  Fortunately, I enjoy DIY too.
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2 Responses to Knitting Fresh Brioche

  1. chrisknits says:

    You cannot find a nicer person than Nancy. She is from my home town, but I didn’t know her until I started knitting. I used to see her on her summer trips home, and when she was teaching at Stitches. She has such talent and is so engaging as a teacher. It would seem I now need to buy another book, even though I just said, no more knitting books! LOL

  2. Well, you must make an exception for a book by someone you know, mustn’t you?

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