30 October 2009

Brioche Beret

No, I haven't been baking (well, I have, but not brioche ;)

I've been learning how to do brioche stitch, also known as fisherman's rib, using this web site.

This is a seriously cool stitch pattern - each row is knit twice, with first the odd stitches being knit / even stitches slipped, and then the even stitches being knit / odd stitches being slipped. It's a bit more tricky than that, but that's the basic idea.

And the reason for this, apart from always liking to learn new things? I simply had to make a Windmill Beret (Rav link) by Nancy Marchant (or pretty much any of her beret patterns, really - all free, on the same web site above). Isn't it stunning?!

I'm using 1 skein of Noro Silk Garden, and 1 skein of Naturally Loyal (leaf green). It's knit from the top down, and the first few rows are very fiddly - i think I had to restart about four times. In the end, I found using a long circular needle (magic loop) much easier than DPNs.

This is what it looks like on the 'wrong' side ...

It takes a fair bit of concentration initially, but once the technique 'clicks' - which it did for me around Row 10 - the whole process is much faster. I've got to this point in three days ... hope to finish it this weekend! And I think I'll be making more of these!


  1. It's beautiful. I love the way the colours wind around the green and vice versa!! I understand the principle, but not the practice!!!

  2. It looks great - love all those colours together.

  3. ooooh. i think I might have to try that. Neat.

  4. Oh, I love brioche! And Nancy's website is such a great reference. She has a Rav. brioche group, but it's pretty quiet right now.

  5. haven't ever had reason to try Brioche but that is the prettiest WIndmill I've seen so far, and probably enough to entice me to put it into my Rav queue [ but then my queue is 20 pages long AFTER CULLING so who am I fooling ?? ]

  6. it's fantastic! I must learn!


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