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Brioche Knitting Made Easy

with Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark
Brioche Knitting Made Easy
One touch is all it takes to fall in love with reversible brioche fabric. Learn the basics of this textured technique as you knit three accessible brioche accessories.

Start your brioche knitting adventure alongside knitwear designer and instructor Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark. You'll learn all of the individual stitches and techniques you need to create this inviting combination of stitches. Cast on with the best needles and yarn, and find out how to work brioche on flat pieces of knitting. Then expand on your skills to knit brioche in the round. Create a brioche hat as Mercedes shares tips for reading patterns, shaping the crown and finishing. Take brioche to the next level as you knit fingerless mitts with faux cables and shaped thumbs. Plus, make a vine cowl with gorgeous brioche in either one or two colors. Discover brioche bliss as you finish three sumptuous projects!

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Beginning Your Brioche

  • Meet your instructor, Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark, and learn more about what makes brioche knitting different and special. Mercedes demonstrates how to knit the brioche stitch for both continental and English-style knitters.


Lesson 2. The Beginner Brioche Hat

  • Get started on your brioche adventure with a simple but stylish hat. Mercedes discusses appropriate yarns and needles to use with brioche knitting, then cast on for brioche knitting in the round. You'll begin with brioche rib on circular needles, knit the body of the hat on the same needles, then finish up with brioche decreases to shape the crown.


Lesson 3. Fingerless Mitts

  • Once you've mastered the basic brioche stitch, add slanted increases and decreases to create a delightful faux cable on fingerless mitts. Learn to use the smooth and flexible Italian tubular cast-on to put stitches on your double-pointed needles, then knit up to the thumb gusset, where you'll also start your wavy pattern. Mercedes shows you how to read the simple chart for this pattern, or you can follow the written instructions that are included.


Lesson 4. Finishing Your Mitts

  • You'll continue knitting the textured faux cable and thumb gusset, then bind off the thumb stitches and continue to the end of your mitt. Bind off using the Italian tubular bind-off, which complements the cast-on, and enjoy your warm and trendy mitts!


Lesson 5. Two-Color Brioche Cowl

  • Once you see the spectacular Vine Cowl, you'll be eager to cast on for two-color brioche knitting! Learn how to read two-color brioche charts, then cast on to start the garter-stitch border. You'll learn how to transition into brioche stitches, add your contrast color and follow the pattern repeats around your cowl.


Lesson 6. Finishing the Vine Cowl

  • Mercedes shows you how to read your knitting to find your place in the pattern should you lose track as you're finishing up the cowl. Then you'll transition back to garter stitch for the border and bind-off. Your stunning accessory is ready to wear and inspire admiration! As a bonus, Mercedes shows you a two-color Italian cast-on for any reversible brioche patterns you want to try now that you've mastered this delicious stitch.

"This course is easy to understand, and (Mercedes) does the step-by-step instructions so that the more complex brioche knitting becomes understandable and "do-able" for a beginner. The projects are great, not just exercises, so I felt like I wanted to do them for the resulting garment. I am working on my cowl now. Prior courses and books that I have looked at were too confusing. This course works!"
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