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Explorations in Brioche Knitting

with Nancy Marchant
Explorations in Brioche Knitting
Bring luscious texture and stunning, reversible patterns to your knitting. Nancy Marchant, the Queen of Brioche, shows how to master this European stitch.

Master the versatile, reversible European stitch known as brioche. Knit along with Nancy as you learn the basic brioche stitches, increases and decreases, then cast on to create the deliciously textured one-color Jacki scarf or the stunningly patterned two-color Alex scarf. Patterns and charts are included!

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet Nancy Marchant, the Queen of Brioche knitting.


Lesson 2. One-Color Brioche

  • Learn the basic concepts and stitches of brioche knitting.


Lesson 3. The One-Color Jacki Scarf

  • Master the Italian cast-on, then knit this elegant one-color scarf using increases and decreases to create a zigzag pattern.


Lesson 4. Two-Color Brioche

  • Add a new dimension to your brioche knitting by using two colors. You'll learn how to use the Italian cast-on and how to use syncopation to highlight colors.


Lesson 5. Two-Color Increases, Decreases & Bind-Offs

  • Use increases and decreases to create intricate patterns in your two-colo knitting, then learn how to bind off for a clean edge.


Lesson 6. The Two-Color Alex Scarf

  • Beautiful leaves cascade across this stunning scarf that Nancy will show you how to knit.


Lesson 7. Brioche in the Round

  • Here are some helpful hints to use when making hats, mittens or socks in brioche, whether one color or two.


Lesson 8. Troubleshooting & Tips

  • Learn how to pick up dropped stitches, fix decreases that face the wrong way and recover a whole row should your needle pull out. Get tips on adding new yarn, working with larger pieces and blocking.


Lesson 9. Reading a Brioche Chart

  • Learn to read a brioche chart to make it easier to follow a pattern.


Lesson 10. Brioche Variations

  • Delve into brioche variations, including stockinette, honeycomb and syncopated brioche.

"I bought Nancy Marchant's book a few years ago but felt too intimidated of this style to give it a shot. Though her book is excellent, I learn so much better when seen in action, as opposed to still shots, so I was very happy to see her featured here on Craftsy! With her clear demonstrations, I picked up the method very quickly. Her style is straightforward and even-paced. She covers everything including how to fix mistakes, blocking, etc. You can tell she is a Brioche Master! Great class!"
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