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