I actually finished my first brioche knitting project. I’ve had learning brioche as a goal for about two years now and tried learning via YouTube with no success. So, when a brioche class was offered the day before the Knitting Pipeline retreat started, I jumped at chance. Once I got the rhythm of brioche down it was actually an easy and fun knit. Only reason it took two months was because I had to stop in between and work on knitting for classes. But it’s done!
My Rav project page is here.
Pattern – Chromatic Cowl (Ravelry pattern here) by Amy Detjen (who taught the class). It’s worked in the round with two colors. I think its important to note that the pattern itself doesn’t teach you how to do brioche – it assumes you know this. You use a solid color to start and end with a curled border. Normally I dislike edges curling as an intended border but on this it works out well. Pattern is free on Ravelry.
Yarn – I bought a kit at the start of the brioche class that was designed specifically for the cowl. The yarn is Greatest of Ease from KnitCircus Yarns and is a fingering weight 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon blend. The kit included two 50 gram cakes, one in a solid (cream in my case) and another in a gradient (I bought the Over the Rainbow colorway). I really liked the feel of the yarn (squishy and soft) but I did have some spots where the yarn had frayed a bit (as in it was becoming unplied). The rainbow colors are very vibrant and it became “potato chip knitting” to get to the next color.
What’s on my needles right now!
How is it March already?!? I have several projects nearly completion and even more lined up next in the queue. Luckily I seem to have caught finish-itis so maybe some of these will get done!
- Diadem– I’m so close to being done with this it’s silly its not done – all that’s left is the knitted on border. Unfortunately, I need to knit it at home, in good light, with minimal distraction. And the border is slow going and fiddly. Brief reminder – this is the shawl I’m knitting for my friend Patty in exchange for a pair of handknit socks. Yarn is from Zen Garden (I think Serenity Silk – the light fingering weight one) and the pattern is Diadem by Ruth Greenwald. PS – the photo color doesn’t do it justice at all. It’s actually a deep midnight blue with a lot of sheen.
- Chromatic Cowl– Remember I mentioned learning brioche knitting at the Knitting Pipeline retreat? This is the pattern we used for the class. I’m now through color number four with two more to go (blue and green). Now that I have the brioche “process” in my brain this is actually pretty brainless knitting. I’m using a Chromatic Cowl kit from Knit Circus yarns and the pattern is Chromatic Cowl by Amy Detjen (it is free on Ravelry).
- Alpaca Cape – A big, heavy, warm, snuggly cape, that’s what I want(ed). My yarny Christmas present to myself was several skeins of Cascade Yarn Baby Alpaca Chunky for a cape, which I promptly started over the Christmas holiday. And I knit on it A LOT in January. Then it got warm in February and my interest waned. I still plan to finish it (and before the fall) but it’s just not my “hot project” right now. I don’t have a pattern for it – I’m just knitting it like a top down raglan without ever dividing off for sleeves. I plan to knit until I’m into the last skein and then stop to do a nice wide button band. The yarn is amazing and squishy – and very warm!
- Starry Whovian Socks – I am still loving knitting on this tiny circular needle. I’ve made just a bit of progress since the last time I posted, mostly because I don’t work on it very often. It’s become my current “brainless knitting” project that I can do anywhere, anytime. These are plain socks with ribbing across the top, knit toe-up with an after-thought heel. I’m using Quaere Fibre Sparkle Sock in the colorway Dr. Who Vincent and the Doctor.
- Caprica Socks – More socks. This has gone into hibernation. I might pull them out after my Whovian socks and keep knitting or I might rip them out. Yarn is Knit Picks Felici, a super soft merino/nylon blend, in the colorway Caprica.
I’m back from the Knitting Pipeline retreat in central Illinois and have so many fun things to share with you. As usual, there will be one blog post about the retreat and another about the goodies I picked up. I went with my friend Patty and we made a four-day weekend out of it. Yeah, we don’t pack light.
The retreat actually started Friday afternoon but there were some optional activities before. We drove over Thursday morning and had lunch before taking a class Thursday afternoon, which was held at a local yarn shop in Morton, IL. The class was Beginning Brioche with Amy Detjen (you can see her patterns here). Now I’ve tried to knit brioche before via a book and YouTube but it just didn’t click. This class made it click. To learn Brioche we started knitting Amy’s Chromatic cowl, and I bought one of her kits of yarn (a 50 gram gradient ball and a 50 gram solid). I almost picked a red/gray combo but ultimately decided on the rainbow and cream. Fun, right? I made good progress but ripped it out later that night to restart on smaller needles.
After class we went to our hotel in Peoria and then to dinner at Granite City. I loved that the restaurant was right down along the river and we could watch the sun set over the river.
The next morning we went to our second class with Amy Detjen, which was essentially the “part 2.” We learned a brioche cast on, and then did increases and decreases. Not sure I have those nailed quite yet but I guess I will need to figure out the decreases if I want to knit a brioche hat. After lunch the retreat started!
I made some wonderful new friends at my table and some new friends from other tables. There were some free break-out sessions during the retreat, although I did not attend. Saturday afternoon there was a vendor market with a lot of indie makers (more on those goodies in the next post). We had a little more knitting time before the retreat wrapped up and we had to say goodbye.
After the retreat we headed down to Springfield Illinois to stay the night with my aunt. We had dinner, some wine and some “show and tell” before wandering off to bed. Sunday morning Patty and I went to have breakfast with Kristi of the In a sKnit podcast before heading back to Indiana. Stay tuned for next week’s post on the amazing goodies I got, complete with links for enabling.
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