Cushy textured brioche cowls - who doesn’t want one? So why not create your own, using the yarns and colors that look best with your wardrobe? Class begins with learning about tuck brioche stitches and how to read a tuck/brioche chart. Then, working the body of the cowl, in the round, in a stitch pattern that you have selected from an stitchionary of 2-color tuck brioche stitches. You will walk out the door with the beginning of your own designer cowl and a small stitch dictionary (created exclusively for this class by Nancy) to help you design even more cowls at home.
Homework: We are going to use a variation of the long tail cast on for our cowl. I suggest using one needle size larger than the size recommended for your yarn. Instead of using one yarn and its tail, we are going to use two yarns. Tie your two yarns together leaving a 6 inch tail. Wrap the LC around the thumb and the DC around the index finger, work the long tail cast on just as you would if you were using only one yarn on a 16” circular needle, the size recommended for the yarn. Come to class having cast on 96 sts loosely - the 6 inch tail can be used later on to loosen up the cast on if it is too tight.
Supplies: For your cowl you will need 2 contrasting colors of aran- to bulky-weight yarn, at least 150 yds (140 m) each, and 16” circular needle one size smaller and one size larger than the size recommended for the yarn as well as the size recommended. Also a small amount of 2 contrasting colors of aran- to bulky-weight yarn to use for practicing the stitches.
Class Level: Intermediate
Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; working in the round; chart reading
Nancy Marchant is known as the 'Queen of Brioche' and holds successful courses on both sides of the Atlantic as well as being a prolific designer and author of two books devoted to brioche, one of which is released on the 2nd December 2014!