Fancy Brioche Weekend (Workshop) by Susan Ashcroft

Fancy Brioche Weekend (Workshop)

Knitting
February 2016
DK (11 wpi) ?
US 7 - 4.5 mm
328 - 437 yards (300 - 400 m)
DK or fingering weight (you can also use sport weight)
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pattern is still in the original format - I may make a consolidated version in the future, but not for the moment.

Thread for chat and help - be sure to check the tips at the top of the thread - and watch the videos - they really help.

This was originally an experiment to see if I could get more people knitting fancy brioche stitches - especially knitters who might have run a mile at the mere mention of “brioche”.

I am happy to report that it worked:
you can learn to knit fancy brioche stitches in a weekend - as you can see from the spectacular knits those on the retreat made.

The pattern is a step-by-step guide, with lots of photos and video links. If you follow along step by step, you too may soon be hooked on fancy brioche stitches. ☻

Technically it’s what’s many think of as advanced level knitting, but I’m a firm believer that there’s nothing “difficult” in knitting; it’s just a question of learning.

Some knitting techniques are fiddly and I personally tend to avoid those, but this is not at all fiddly - there are just a few steps that may be new to you, but I’m sure you’ll be cruising along in no time. Once you’ve figured out how to do it, it’s very relaxing and the results are quite stunning.

You need 150-200m each of two highly contrasting yarns (DK, fingering or sport weight).

If one of the yarns is variegated or has subtle shading you can get some fabulous effects.

The main thing is you need contrast between all the colours in the two yarns (no overlapping shades).

The pattern is still the original “retreat” format - you won’t need to print all of the pages - just read on screen and then print the pages you need.

Start with Choosing Yarn, then you have files for each of the 3 original “clues”.

The flat version of the stitch I used for this pattern can be found in Nancy Marchant’s book - Knitting Fresh Brioche - which contains many other fabulous stitches and patterns for 12 wraps and scarves - all gorgeous !