Adventures in Brioche
With JC Briar
Oct 3, 2-4pm & 5-7pm CDT
Oct 4, 2-4pm CDT
Oct 10, 2-4pm CDT
Oct 11, 2-4pm CDT
Brioche rib is amazing fabric: squishy, reversible, and utterly perfect for cozy accessories. Explore myriad forms of brioche knitting in this class: flat and in-the-round; one- and two-color; plain, patterned, and syncopated.
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Who doesn’t like the look and feel of brioche fabric? Take your time in this class to get comfortable with creating this knitting confection.
Saturday, October 3, 2-4pm: We’ll start with the basics of what brioche is, and how it’s created. You’ll practice knitting plain brioche rib, to find a rhythm that matches your style of knitting. And we’ll cover tips for successfully casting on, binding off, and fixing mistakes.
Saturday, October 3, 5-7pm: After a short break, we’ll dive into patterning, using increases and decreases to create leaves, branches, feathers, and faux cables. You’ll learn to work five magic increases and decreases, and to minimize bulk at the decrease points. After this session, you’ll have the option of starting a scarf, in the stitch pattern of your choice.
Sunday, October 4, 2-4pm: Now that you’re comfortable with one-color brioche, let’s add in some color! We’ll practice knitting in the round, where the basic pattern is just two rounds tall. We’ll also explore another method for fixing mistakes. After this session, you’ll have the option of knitting a simple pair of wristers and a matching cowl.
Saturday, October 10, 2-4pm: You’re ready now to tackle knitting two-color brioche flat, where the basic pattern is four rows tall. Keeping your place in this four-row sequence is key, so we’ll cover strategies for reading your knitting and figuring out what has to happen next. We’ll also cover selvedge options, including a slick I-cord selvedge. After this session, you’ll have the skills needed to knit an increase/decrease pattern in two colors
Sunday, October 11, 2-4pm: Want to really impress your knitting friends? Try syncopated brioche! Simply swapping which color is color A and which is color B, or swapping which columns are knit and which are purled, can create dazzling effects. We’ll also talk about where you can go next in your own brioche explorations.
Regardless of whether you’ve previously dabbled in brioche, or never played with it at all before, you’ll walk away with the know-how for creating showcase scarves, cowls, hats, and wraps.
Note: Must have the ability to knit, purl, and follow typical knitting instructions. Confident ability to knit in small rounds using dpns, two circs, or Magic Loop method. No experience knitting brioche required.
__Smooth, plain, worsted-weight yarn in two solid, contrasting colors.
__Size US 6 (4 mm) needles: one circular needle or a pair of dpns (not straights!) for working flat
__A set of dpns, a pair of circulars, or one long Magic Loop circular for working in small rounds.
__Crochet hook roughly US size G/6 (4 mm).
__Knitting Basics: Sharp scissors, Notebook, Pen or pencil with eraser, Stitch markers, Tapestry needles (large and small), Tape measure, Small calculator, Needles and crochet hooks of various sizes