FO: Birthday Brioche

I went back and forth on what to make my sister for her birthday this month. I knew that whether it was a full sweater or a vest it would be white but something just kept telling me I needed to knit her the Pommier Vest…so I did!
Birthday brioche
I think I really wanted to put my newly learned brioche skills to work. And despite having a little mistake at the very bottom in the beginning (that I left because only a knitter would notice), I think this was definitely the right project to make for Anne and I know I’m going to have to make this for my other sister and my Mom (and maybe myself too).
Birthday Brioche
You can’t tell as much as I would like in these photos but the contrast color yarn is actually pink and yellow. It’s Knerd String in the color Tang. The white yarn is the Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepard’s Wool Worsted that I bought to initially make my Happy Little sweater but decided yellow was much more my speed. I saved it know it would be perfect for a project for my sister who loves a white sweater.
Here’s a better shot of the yarn so you can see all of the wonderful flecks of color in this. When I asked my sister if she wanted pink or yellow (her two favorite colors) in her gift, her response was pillow – pink AND yellow. Alrighty then, I knew I could make that work.
Birthday Brioche
I think this could be a really good starter brioche project if you’re trying to dip your toe into brioche knitting like I was. The vest is small and is super quick to knit since the front panels are so narrow. You’re going to add 7 inches (or more) of brioche stitch to the front by picking up stitches for the button band – why is picking up stitches my favorite thing? I didn’t go overboard on the brioche band because my sister leans on the petite side and I didn’t want it to overwhelm her or appear to swallow her up. I think this was just enough and she can flip the collar down if she wants. All in all this was a super satisfying knit and you’ll totally see this one being knit again.

18 Replies to “FO: Birthday Brioche”

  1. Gah! Love! Off to Knit Picks to check out the Billow….

  2. wooohhooo!!! It looks gorgeous on!!! Wwwwwaaaaayyyy to go, DWJ! 🙂

    1. Knerd string is lovely! It was my first time, I randomly bought a skein because it was pretty and turned out perfectly in this project.

  3. So pretty!!! I’m fascinated at how the color changes and pops out more from the “in progress” version to the FO. Please tell us how you blocked this garment. I’m excited to try brioche .

    1. The color definitely pops more in person than in photographs. The yellow next to the white just didn’t show as well as I wanted it to in pics. The white is 100% wool so I did a full on cold soak, rolled it in a towel and left it on blocking mats to dry. It turned out nicely.

  4. That vest looks great! I haven’t tried brioche yet-you are braver than I am! You and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
    Emma in Hillsborough,NC

    1. This is my very first brioche project, but I took a class to learn the technique because I just wasn’t getting it on my own. But now I’ve got the hang of it.

  5. I’ve been trying to find a moment to say something about this. I LOVE it. And it looks so great on you! I love the construction, which is a very creative way of using brioche. Have fun wearing it!

  6. Whoops, I meant to say “may your sis have fun wearing it.” My fingers went ahead of my brain.

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