Ta dah! I finished it. I love soft squishyness and the contrast of the riot of colour peeping through the calm natural cream. I love brioche.
I’ve fancied having a go at brioche knitting for ages but as you might have picked up from other posts I have a ton of outstanding projects (1 pair of beaded gloves, I pair of mittens, 1 jumper, 4 pairs of socks, 1 scarf, slippers, 2 blankets, a cowl, various snoods – these are just off the top of my head) so I sort of put it off because I really should finish some of what I’ve already started…
Course then when I went on that Knitaway break to the excellent Westcliffe Knitting Hotel Paula treated us to a trip out to the incredible Beckside Yarns in Clapham, Yorkshire and they had the most incredibly luxurious feeling kimono style brioche jacket and it’s been on my mind ever since.
Most Wednesdays you’ll find me very happily at the I Knit London knit night, the owner was knitting the most gorgeous Le Moelleux – he’s really good with colour so his one is really yummy. Then, he only sent out a newsletter advertising a beginner’s brioche workshop. Well. You can imagine how fast I signed up for that. He has more lined up so if London is accessible to you I highly recommend doing the class.
Turns out the basic brioche stitch is pretty easy once you get the hang of it and really enjoyable. OK so I did cock up my increases and decreases a bit at first but I go the hang in the end and its all part of the learning process so I don’t tend to unpick unless I really have to.
I love the way it looks, with the bright mix of colours peeping through the cool calm neutral. The yarn is I Knit or Dye DK and is the most soft and snuggly thing you’ve ever felt. I’m almost looking forward to cold weather so I can wear it all the time.
Thanks to Gerard at I Knit London I feel confident enough to take on Le Moelleux myself.