Happy New Year, my friends! I hope 2014 treated you well, and I am looking forward to a happy and healthy 2015 with my family and all of you!
The new year is a time for fresh beginnings, and perhaps, like me, you are looking forward to challenging your knitting and trying something new. I recently came across two new books that I’d like to tell you about, the first of which is Knitting Fresh Brioche by Nancy Marchant.
Nancy’s newest book shares some of the elements of the first. For example, she continues to use a unique language and charting system to label brioche stitches. Don’t worry if you don’t have the first book to review these: the system is discussed in detail in this book, as well.
However, Knitting Fresh Brioche focuses exclusively on two-color brioche knitting. The remarkable thing about Nancy’s work is the way she uses shaping – increases and decreases – together with the two colors of yarn to create unique stitch patterns. More than 100 pages of the book are devoted to a stitch dictionary of these patterns.
In addition to the stitch dictionary, the book has 12 patterns, all scarves and shawls.
I noticed that many of the projects use single-ply yarns, or yarns with some silk content. I think the texture of these yarns brings a nice definition to the brioche stitches, and allows the scarves to drape beautifully. Click on a picture to view bigger:
Perhaps one of these patterns has intrigued you, and it will be your first project of 2015?!?1 like