Blooming Brioche KAL by Xandy Peters

Blooming Brioche KAL

October 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in Brioche stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
800 - 1300 yards (732 - 1189 m)
68 (74)" [173, 188 cm] wide and 20 (26)" [51, 66 cm] deep triangle shape.
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This KAL is designed to introduce fans of two color brioche knitting to new and interesting configurations of the stitch. It originally ran in November of 3018, but you can still join in at your own speed using the youtube videos.

There are many patterns available that use the brioche technique, but it can be intimidating to make the leap from simple variations to projects with multiple stages, shaping, and stitch patterns. Starting with a recap of the basic 2 color brioche stitch, we will work our way through this project together.

The stitch pattern in the shawl reminds me of a flower, growing from a seed into a full bloom. There are three stages of the pattern , each containing different floral motifs. A lot of brioche stitch motifs look like plants and flowers, but the increases and decreases that are needed to make these motifs are not always standard. In every stage, there is an introductory video explaining what types of new stitches and techniques are used and there are individual videos of each stitch instruction. In total, there are over 2 hours of video content to help you learn every increase, decrease, and specific technique in the pattern. The instructions aren’t explained row by row in video, but you can always get help in the forums if you get stuck with the instructions.

This pattern is best suited for someone who has basic knowledge of two color brioche. There’s plenty of time to catch up on the technique if you haven’t tried it before, but keep in mind that this is a challenging project, best suited for adventurous knitters who are looking to expand their skill set.

Original Schedule

Materials and Introduction - October 18
Preparing the Ground (swatch) - November 1
Roots, Seeds & Bulbs (Stage 1) - November 8
Sprouts, Leaves & Vines (Stage 2) - November 15
Stems, Buds & Petals (Stage 3) - November 22

All instructions have now been posted. You can still follow along and get help in the forum at any point.

For video tips on each stage of the shawl and brioche knitting techniques, visit the Blooming Brioche KAL YouTube Playlist.

Be sure to post your progress to social media using the tag #BloomingBriocheKAL

Finished Size: Adjustable, shown in larger size 68 (74)“ 173, 188 cm wide and 20 (26)” 51, 66 cm deep triangle shape.
Yarn: Once Upon a Corgi Isaac, 437 yards (400m) per 100g; 100% Polwarth wool.
Light Color 1: 1 (1) skein La Dame Death
Light Color 2: 0 (1) skein His Name is Shirley
Dark Color: 1 (2) skeins Narnia
Needles: Size 5 (3.75mm) circular needle with a 40” (100 cm) cord size needed to obtain gauge
Gauge: 14 sts x 26 rows = 4 x 4” (10 x 10 cm) square in brioche stitch.
Other Materials: Tapestry needle, locking stitch markers, pins, blocking surface, steamer, row counter.
Skill Level: Intermediate knitters with a knowledge of simple brioche knitting will do well. All increases and decreases have video lessons.