Stitching Status: Travel Brioche

I’m traveling this week for an annual trade show for work that is always hectic, slightly stressful and full of long days. But I always take knitting with me to try to soothe my nerves and wind down after a long work day. I decided to take two projects with me, my Comfort Fade Cardigan so I could make progress on the body and a new project, a Stephen West Brio-Garter Hat.
Brio-garter hat
I’ve been itching to do something else with 2 color brioche since I finished my sister’s vest but I wanted to take it to the next level. I watched some YouTube videos before I got on the plane about brioche stitch increases and decreases…yeah I didn’t have it down. LOL But this hat starts with an i-cord and then you pick up stitches so it was easy to keep frogging it and starting over once I had already created the i-cord.
Brio-garter hat
I think I started this over 5 times before I realized that in brioche knitting, the stitch with the yarnover that you knit together is consider ONE STITCH. Oops! After that it was easy but that doesn’t mean I didn’t make mistakes. I’d start with the wrong color or start purling instead of knitting or do a left decrease instead of a right decrease. Despite my mistakes, I finished a lovely hat the other night that taught me a lot in the process.  Even with my mistakes it looks really good! I’ll have to take proper pics once I get back home. And speaking of back home…of course I miss my husband but I’m definitely missing these fuzzy butts.
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But I’ll be home soon! Now during down time I’m trying to figure out what my next brioche project should be!

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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.
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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.

Brioche Baby

I’m really glad I took a brioche knitting class at my local yarn shop. I tried to learn via YouTube and was doing it wrong and wasn’t getting the results I should. After one (of two) classes I’m here.
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Now, I am just learning so there are mistakes. I’ve pointed them out for you here.
Tiny mistakes
But what I didn’t highlight was the huge mistake I made because I was able to frog it back several rows AND FIX IT!! My husband heard me say out loud to myself, “If I can fix this I’m an f-ing boss,” and he laughed a lot. But with as complex as it looks, it’s a bit tricky to fix mistakes in brioche so I was happy when I was able to do it so smoothly….then just a few rows later I made another mistake I didn’t see until I was too far up and didn’t feel like ripping back again. Again, this is all about practice.
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I mean look at this yummy two sided fabric it makes! It’s super squishy and the fact that I can use two colors makes me happy. But I definitely needed someone to guide me at first in making this. And now I have the confidence to make the Pommier Vest for my Mom and/or sisters.
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I’ve also learned that Jellybean is an excellent yarn holder.
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She diligently kept watch over the two skeins while we snuggled on the couch. And if this doesn’t become a scarf, this huge swatch just might be a tiny blanket that’s Jellybean sized. Have any of you guys tried two color brioche? Any tips or tricks you want to share?