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.
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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