so as much as I tried to resist the trend I have, as so many knitters before me, fallen in love with two color brioche knitting. I played around with it for a bit but the obsession really took over when I worked up this hat…while on the bus from DC to NY in september. One of the great things about this pattern for a brioche beginner, is
that you not only do you get to try out all of the techniques, like increasing and decreasing, but as an added bonus the brioche is only worked over 1/3 of the hat, the rest being garter stitch, which gives your brain a nice break at the end of every round before all the craziness starts up again.
I liked it SO much that I am already knitting up a second one (pictures are forthcoming) and I am going to use this pattern to teach a workshop on brioche at tangled purls the second and third tuesday of December. I am super excited.
As part of all this fun I also wanted to give my students for the class something a little less mentally challenging that would allow them to practice the basic brioche stitch. Its fairly simply once you get the hang of it, but fixing errors can be tricky so really taking time to practice is a good idea.
With that in mind I wrote up a quick and simple little cowl pattern….the “Brioche Like a Boss Cowl.”
Its a super simple cowl but I made an effort to spell things out as clearly and simply as possible to help people who are new to the brioche stitch. CO the project with the main color and finished with the contrasting color to punch things up a bit (and to ensure that equal amouts of both yarns are used). My hope is to eventually be able to include a few instructional videos along with these kinds of educational patterns too. One step at a time though….one step at a time….
I knit it up on a size 8 needle with some absolutely scrumptious yarn that I bought on my visit to purl soho.
I was even able to coerce ben into taking some pictures of me wearing it. He is developing quite the eye for photography…. I actually like the way some of these turned out which is huge considering how much I hate myself in pictures:)
The pattern is 50% off until next Monday, no code needed. You can find it here under the “patterns” tab or on ravelry.