Brioche: Not Just for Breakfast Anymore

Thanks for your kind words about my designs. When I teach my 3 Brioche classes, the flat 2 colour Brioche class is the hardest. If I can be of any help to you, let me know.

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This is my first venture into the lounge so not sure he w it all works. Some of you seem to be talking about pictures but I don’t see any. Is there a time when a group is together chatting? If I want to post pics, how does that work? So many questions so little time!

I’m also working on my first brioche project, a Stephen West shawl called Clockwork in Brioche. It’s available on Ravelry. I’m finding it fun to watch the fabric develop. I really love the icord cast on though it was also time consuming.

Looking forward to seeing what you all are doing!

Thnk you very much. Yours is the first time I’ve read that 2-color is n the round is easier. I will def give it a try!

It is very zen like when worked in the round. One of my students remarked that my Heartland Brioche Cowl is suitable for beginners once the basic techniques have been learnt.

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I think these help - the pictures appear to show the K1 yo k1 in the primary color. I will keep futzing though!

Okay I finally managed to count correctly, there are actually FIVE stitches after marker B, that’s where it all went askew. I should be back on track!


Hooray! Please post an image of your project soon.

It’s looking good!!


Learning and knitting a Brioche project is one of goals for this year. That said, I think I’m going to try a much less intimidating pattern, maybe the knitstrip cowl, before I even dare think about this wonderful pattern.

It’s great timing with your wrap pattern! Brioche is my goal for 2017, the new skill I want to master! I have dabbled in most other techniques to varying success, but I do think brioche makes a squishy awesome fabric that I want wrapped around my neck soon. :slight_smile:

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Love the Nesting Wrap and want it, but I haven’t tried brioche. I have done fisherman’s rib, and it was suggested that you use lifelines because mistakes are difficult to correct. Would one also be helpful or at least relieve some anxiety?

I found Nancy Marchant’s website,, that looks mighty helpful.

Annie, my stitch marker moved at one point and I accidentally did an increase one brioche column over from where I should have and didn’t notice til the next increase about 6-8 rows later. I was truly pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to drop down to the messed up increase and knit back up in the brioche pattern - a real bonus is that you don’t even have to turn the work when you’re picking back up if you can read the stitches correctly! The worst problem I’ve been having is that on the reverse side I keep purling the B color when I should be knitting it, but that’s just tinking back to the beginning of the row, which is easy enough.

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Sara thank you! I did see where your count was off and you corrected, but didn’t realize it was a number of rows down. Wow…sounds good and I’m impressed. Your photo looks great!

You’ve given me a bit more courage!

I put the cart before the horse and have started this using kNerd String Fingering. I am taking a brioche class at the end of the month.

In the shift section NW says to work to marker A, do specialty stitch, then work to market B

I need definition of ’ work to ’ please. For shift row A and shift row B do we simply work as Row 1/2 per Brioche Stitch, with exception of speciality stitches in the rows in question?

Thank you for your time. The pattern is lovely. I ended up stash diving because I’m on a yarn diet till august ish. (I have so much yarn and have been a bit out of control)

Jenn - tinytyrant on ravelry.


Hi Jenn! Yes! You’re on the right track. “Work to” means: in the established pattern of the rows, work the Brioche Stitch Rows 1/2 as you have been doing, except at the point where it tells you to do something else.

Would love to see pix of how it’s going–I’m just starting mine and am obsessed with what other Nesting Wrap knitters are making.


I am only one repeat into the pattern, and it’s a hot mess since the yarn was swiped from a different wip. I will post anyway over the weekend. As you’ll see, I’m going to high contrast :smiley:

I am a fan of reading ahead in patterns, so I wanted to make sure I understand it well before I got to a possible sticking point.

Thank you so much for your reply. Helpful is good!


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Hot mess with pictures. Take one since I’m a newb and can only put one pic in each post.

Yarn was part of a wip that wasn’t happening. I love how the colors are working up here. Will definitely be interesting. The back (the yellow) looks way better than the front (the pink) right now.

Jenn - rav: tinytyrant

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Hot mess with pictures. Take two since I’m a newb and can only put one pic in each post.

Yarn was part of a wip that wasn’t happening. I love how the colors are working up here. Will definitely be interesting. The back (the yellow) looks way better than the front (the pink) right now.

Jenn - rav: tinytyrant


I am doing the first pattern shifts of the nesting wrap. If I did everything correctly there are 4 sts between the edge and marker A, and 5 between the edge and marker B. I think I completed row A of the shift pattern correctly, so now between marker B and the edge there are 7 sts including the 2 inc sts. When doing row B of the shift pattern I knit to marker B and follow the directions, there are 2 extra sts after following the directions as only 5 are worked according to the pattern. Am I supposed to move the marker, do a short row, or what?

Thanks for your help!

I just sent them an email about this. I believe the Shift Row B instructions should read
"Shift Row B (RS, BC): Work to Marker B, sm, sl1-yo, p1, sl1-yo, BRP, work to last stitch, sl1wyif. Drop BC; turn."

Because you’re right, there are 5 stitches between the edge and marker B in the set-up row but the shift row initially only accommodates 3 stitches. It will make a lot more sense once you get going!

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