Biting into Brioche, Big Time!

I’ve done something, people. Something big. I signed up for a class on the Flying Foxtail Shawl by Stephen West. It’s a stunningly beautiful brioche shawl, and I absolutely don’t have the brioche-knitting skills required for the project. Not even close.

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Flying Foxtail Shawl by Stephen West. Photo by Stephen West.

So I’m on a mission to learn what I need to know to make this gorgeous wrap, and I have to be ready the second week of November. I can do it! I know this because of the tools I have available from our Interweave Online Workshops, specifically, Basic Brioche and Beyond by Faina Goberstein.

I’m not a total brioche beginner; I took a class many years ago and I’ve more recently knit a cowl in the round (shown in the background of the top photo), but the increasing and decreasing I’ll need to accomplish in my shawl project is a mystery. The increases and decreases are what makes brioche come alive, after all, creating those swooping curves that add so much texture.

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Increases and decreases in a brioche swatch. So pretty!

Brioche knitting is super enjoyable, which I know from my cowl—the stitch is so fluid, and its beauty is addicting. The cushiness of the resulting fabric is unmatched, too. I reach for that cowl more than any other.

I expect nothing less from my Flying Foxtail, especially since I chose a cashmere-blend yarn for this project. Yay!

My materials are all gathered and I’m ready to learn from Faina. After I finish Basic Brioche and Beyond and get my brioche-knitting skills up to par, I know I’ll want to continue learning about this beautiful stitch. Luckily for me, Faina has another workshop, Bold Brioche Cables. Um, yes, please! How cool is this?

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Cables in brioche. Who knew?

You can get the both workshops now in our Brioche Workshop Bundle. I highly recommend them; Faina is a great teacher.

Now please excuse me while I take a huge bite of brioche.

Cheers,

Kathleen


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