Let Brioche Be a Bright Spot in Your Winter Knitting

It’s finally winter-ish in Colorado, with several inches of snow on the ground. (Being Colorado, it will be 60 degrees again by Friday, but still.) For once, I’m on top of my holiday knitting, having churned out several hats in the past two weeks. I’m also pretty bored by hats and casting about for my next cast-on idea. The cold weather is my catalyst; dear readers, it’s officially Brioche Knitting Season!

Brioche beginner? We’ve got you covered.

Brioche beginner? We’ve got you covered.

Brioche knitting is bouncy, boingy fun. Working pairs of yarnovers and slipped stitches gives you a delightfully squooshy ribbed fabric, all the better for snuggling. Brioche stitch practically screams cowls and scarves; work a basic brioche rib in a bulky yarn on large needles, and you have a gift-ready project in no time. Basic brioche is gender neutral, but it’s long been my go-to stitch when I need a quick guy project.

Standard vs. Brioche Cables. Which one would you rather wear?

Standard vs. Brioche Cables. Which one would you rather wear?

Brioche has a reputation of being a fiddly stitch. If you’ve never worked it before, you may want to check out two of our online workshops. Basic Brioche & Beyond is a great introduction to working brioche in one and two colors, along with basic shaping techniques. Bold Brioche Cables is a deeper dive. If you think brioche is cuddly, brioche cables are another dimension altogether—and worth exploring.

Oooh! Free pattern!

Oooh! Free pattern!

Maybe you are comfortable working brioche. In that case, we have a stack of free patterns for you! And for you brioche mavens, learn how to graft brioche invisibly, with yet another free pattern, courtesy of the Great Graftsby herself, Joni Coniglio.

Whatever your knitting plans this winter, why not add a brioche accessory to your queue? You’ll be much more cozy as you mosey, I promise.

Never stop learning,
Allison


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