What kind of reaction do you have when you hear the word brioche? I’m going to say it again: brioche. Sit with that for a second. Are you thinking about a loaf of lofty bread, or are you considering the skills required to learn the brioche stitch technique?
If you bristle at the possibility of the latter, shake it off. You got this. You can learn the brioche stitch method, and we have the tools to get you there. With the Eastport Pullover from Interweave Knits Winter 2020 as a possible finished object, you will want to get there fast.
Designed by Master Knitter Donna Estin, this beautifully executed pullover is a warm brioche hug. Throw in some intarsia and seaming, and behold: your cozy knitted dreams have been fulfilled. Worked back and forth in pieces from the bottom up, this garment requires an Italian cast-on.
Conventional stitch wisdom tells us that the brioche stitch more than likely originated in the Middle East. However, the term “brioche” seems to have been derived from the French word for “mistake.” And where is the mistake in brioche? Is it the fact that with any other stitch, you’re not really doubling down on thickness as you do with brioche? If adding extra yarn and stitches in order to create an über thick hibernation sweater is wrong, I don’t wanna be right!
All I know is that by the time you are nearing the end of this project, your needles will be clicking away in a European accent (don’t forget the Italian bind-off!).
I will leave you with the pattern details to consider. When you do so, do not overlook the selected yarn. Jo Sharp Alpaca Kid Lustre is a sweet triad of mohair, merino and alpaca. The thickness of a brioche project embodied in fiber that will eliminate the need for an extra layer? Sign me up!
You don’t want a coat covering up the beautiful Eastport Pullover, anyway.
Craft on, crafters,
Finished Size 38 (41. , 45, 50, 53. , 57)” circumference at underarm. Pullover shown measures 38″; modeled with 5″ of positive ease.
Yarn Jo Sharp Alpaca Kid Lustre (40% kid mohair, 30% alpaca, 30% Merino; 121 yd [111 m]/1. oz [50 g]): #868 Verona (navy blue; A), 8 (8, 9, 10, 11, 11) balls; #857 Elderberry (lime green; B) and #859 Brew (gray; C), 5 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7) balls each. Yarn distributed by Kingfisher Yarn & Fibre.
Needles Size 3 (3.25 mm): straight. Sizes 2. (3 mm) and 3 (3.25 mm): 16″ circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Marker (m); removable m; stitch holders; tapestry needle.
Gauge 18. sts and 48 worked rows (24 visible rows) = 4″ in Brioche st on larger needles (see Notes).