Knitting Fresh Brioche

By | March 5, 2015

Check out the latest addition to my knitting bookshelves:

Knitting Fresh Brioche

with “gotta swatch now!” pages already marked

It’s Knitting Fresh Brioche by Nancy Marchant, and it’s fabulous.

The book is all about two-color brioche rib. You’d think that kind of narrow focus would be dull – after all, Nancy’s previous book, Knitting Brioche, covered all kinds of brioche fabrics – but no, Nancy makes it clear there’s plenty to explore: oodles of amazing stitch patterns, all formed of increases and decreases on a backdrop of two-color brioche rib, and a dozen stunning patterns for scarves and wraps.

Of course, the book also contains all the technical how-to info you’d need, from casting on and fixing goofs to binding off. My favorite tips are those for creating neat, tidy selvedges – something that I’ve always found tricky with two-color brioche worked flat. Nancy’s approach is to work the selvedge stitches in stockinette when working light color (LC) rows, and to slip them with yarn held to the dark side (DS) when working dark color (DC) rows. Doing so means that the DC yarn gets caught by the LC selvedge stitches… perfect!

That said… I’ve never been one for following instructions exactly. With a little swatching, I discovered I could work chain selvedges on the LC rows, while still slipping those stitches on DC rows. It’s a little fiddly, since the selvedge stitches are essentially only being worked once every four rows. But it’s giving me selvedges that I like, which is what counts, right?

scarf, light side

scarf-in-progress, light side

scarf, dark side

scarf-in-progress, dark side

2 Comments

Anne Dare on March 5, 2015 at 4:14 pm.

I’ve been looking at this book and trying to decide if I should start with the first one first. If this one gives enough basic info, I may just jump in here. Your sample is lovely! I’ve never tried Brioche before, but I’m ready now.

JC on March 5, 2015 at 4:39 pm.

Have no fear, Anne! Knitting Fresh Brioche gives you all you need to get started. Just work a swatch in the basic fabric first, to get the hang of it.