Brioche Knitting: More Delicious Than You Ever Knew

Ever walk past a bakery and the smell of fresh-baked goodies wafting on the air makes you want to drop everything and go in and buy a giant bag of breadstuffs so you can devour it all right then? (I can’t be the only one.) Brioche stitch, as fluffy as its namesake roll, brings out a similar reaction in me. As soon as I see brioche knitting, I am helpless. I need to reach out and touch its squishy goodness, and I feel the overwhelming urge to cast on right that very minute so I can start making something fabulous.

Brioche is both yummy and notoriously tricky to work. I’ve read that brioche stitch is named after the stacked bread roll because it has yarnovers stacked on top of slipped stitches. True or not, those stacked stitches can complicate things. Our newest course, Basic Brioche & Beyond with Faina Goberstein, is a great way to uncomplicate them. A mathematician and knitwear designer, Faina has been besotted by brioche for some time now. Her enthusiasm for brioche inspires, and her technical knowledge anchors you with a thorough, step-by-step introduction to the technique. If you are at all interested in learning brioche stitch, here are 4 Reasons You Need Faina’s Course Right Now:

1. Brioche knitting is hot.

Like, all over the place. It seems that almost every pattern I want to knit has some form of brioche in it, like the Big Sur Pullover from Wool Studio Vol. 2. Brioche has its own language, though—brk and brp and sl1yo—that can be really confusing when you first look at a pattern. Faina explains each stitch along with its corresponding abbreviation and chart symbol, making you fluent.

2. Brioche knitting is not only hot, it’s also deliciously warm.

Brioche creates a fabulously squishy, cozy fabric that is perfect for scarves and cowls that practically beg you to snuggle up in them. In her course, Faina shows you brioche knit flat and in the round, so projects like scarves, hats, cowls, collars, and more are all within your grasp.

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Do a cozy cowl in 1 or 2 colors!

3. Brioche helps you get in shape . . . with your knitting!

Learn now to work increases and decreases in brioche to further enhance its, um, briocheness. and really make that ribbing pop!

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Don’t you wish you could touch this?

4. Brioche knitting is sure to impress your friends and family and random strangers.

Okay, so you’ve done a ribbed scarf and maybe a hat and you think you’re pretty cool. But if you really want to show off your skills, what about knitting brioche in 2 colors? Not only does 2-color brioche really emphasize the 3-D nature of the stitch, but it makes a reversible, mirror-image fabric that is totally amazing and brag-worthy.

And this is in the “basic” course!

Basic Brioche & Beyond is a new streamable course you can watch at your own pace, anywhere, any time, on any device.

Happy watching!

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