Hey, there! No, I haven’t retired, although you might think so from the radio silence around here.
The manuscript is in, and I am slowly crawling out of my hermit cave to enter the land of the living again. I just got back from California, where I taught two days of brioche knitting classes at Interweave Knitting Lab.
IT WAS AWESOME. I had amazing, clever, inquisitive, adventurous students in all four of my brioche classes. If you get a chance to attend one of these events, DO IT. I also spent a few days in the San Francisco/Oakland area, which I will post about soon.
If brioche is unfamiliar to you, you can jump into this technique with my help using my brioche basics DVD or video download from Interweave Press.
Two-color brioche stitch is shaped into a dramatic pattern using basic brioche shaping.
Rhoda looks fabulous in contrasting pairings of hand-dyed semi-solid or solid DK yarns.
Finished size: Approximately 10 1/2” deep, 26” circumference.
Yarn: Knitted Wit Polworth Shimmer (DK weight yarn, 85% wool, 15% silk; 330yds/4 oz); MC- Salted Caramel (tan), 1 skein; CC- Thistle (violet), 1 skein.
Needles: US size 3 (3.25 mm) 16” circular needle. Ad- just needle size as needed to obtain gauge.
Gauge: 22 sts and 28 rows = 4” in brioche mirrored wing stitch, worked in the round.
Notions: locking stitch markers, tapestry needle.
Skills needed: Knitting, purling, basic brioche stitches, brioche shaping, 2-color brioche rib stitch.
Rhoda PDF download, $7.00 (via Ravelry)
Zillah is a flat-knit brioche stitch cowl uses brioche shaping stitches and cable twists to create a gorgeous, warm, insulating fabric that looks fabulous in hand-dyed semi-solid or solid DK yarns.
Finished size: Approximately 24” long and 9” wide, un-buttoned.
Yarn: Sincere Sheep Luminous (DK weight yarn, 85% wool, 15% silk; 330 yds/4 oz); Kung Hey Fat Choy, 1 skein.
Needles: US size 3 (3.25 mm) straight or circular needle. Adjust needle size as needed to obtain gauge.
Gauge: 22 sts and 28 rows = 4” in brioche twisted lozenge stitch, worked flat.
Notions: Cable needle, tapestry needle, 7- 5/8” buttons, sewing needle and thread.
Skills needed: Knitting, purling, k2tog decreases, basic brioche stitches, brioche shaping, brioche cable twists, yarnovers.
Zillah PDF download, $7.00 (via Ravelry)
Both cowls are modeled by the glamorous, ever patient Leelu. Leelu is a boxer-pit mix who loves lounging, hugs, hunting varmints, and enjoying a nice soup bone now and then.