Better Together Flirtations with Brioche a MFPP from Simone Kereit

This entry was posted on 25th February, 2019 by Barbara .
We are so excited to present the first MFPP for 2019. It is a collection of patterns to get you started with adding the Brioche technique to your knitting repertoire! So please enjoy this guest blog post from the extraordinary designer Simone Kereit

This winter, I have had the honor to be working on a small pattern collection in collaboration with Malabrio Yarn for their Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. When we first started talking about the designs, I suggested a collection centered around Brioche, but designing the pieces so that they would feel both approachable for the Brioche novice, and be exciting for the seasoned knitter. In short I was dreaming of taking brioche out of it's standard frame and adding it as litte fun elements or tweaking it to be used in different ways than what had been seen in patterns before. 
I think of the 4 pattern collection as a flirtation with Brioche knitting as all the pieces highlight and combine Brioche, with something else. I wanted to explore and intersect different elements and techniques alongside Brioche. The sum total of the parts often is greater than the individual bits and I feel I managed to achieve just that with this collection, the individual parts added up just make everything better. And so I got to the name of the collection:  Better Together: Flirtations with Brioche (click to see collection) I am super excited to finally be able to share these with you. And admittedly, to finally be able to wear them all in public!
The first pattern is a cowl, and is really the comfort or entry level piece here: Perfect to start if you have not done a lot of Brioche knitting before or are looking for a relaxing and rhythmic knit.This might be your 'gateway drug' to the Brioche world, where we lure you in and where you say, yes, yes, I am ready: Beam me up Scotty!
Beam me up Scotty is a convertible cowl which combines brioche and garter stitch. It features a generous button band worked along the brioche section, making for a nice and neat selvage edge.

It's designed in amazing Washted (the new superwash yarn from Malabrigo) and is meant to be worn with the bottom part under your coat so it fills that drafty gap at your neck with nice cushy warmth. Wear it buttoned, or roll it down, or just sort of fold it into place for a variety of looks! (shown in Indonesia and Pearl)

This is a 3/4 sleeve Spring top worked up in Malabrigo Arroyo. Can I just tell you it feel wonderful to knit with and is amazing to wear? When I finally put the  design on for the photo shoot I wanted to never take it off again! Here I am introducing you to a new technique called Brioche Insertion.
The subtle patterning you see along the left side seam is done with a section of Brioche worked in an expanding pattern. The stitches are naturally loser and that adds to the subtle and balancing A-line shaping for form flattering style. So for Vitamin B you combine stockinette with 2-color Brioche and it's, uhm, just better together!  (shown in Greenish Blue and Diana)

Named in homage to the train line my husband used to take to work, (that’s the subway, for the non New Yorkers; took me years to learn this!) the B Train hat is cozy and fun and perfect for waiting on those cold open train platforms. And of course B also stands in nicely for Brioche.

B Train is a hat in two sizes and is worked in the round. A 2-color Brioche Insertion is worked over a decreasing area on one side. This is definitely the most technical of the designs, as Brioche Insertions worked in the round are a bit like Intarsia worked in the round: they require some thinking outside the box. But with a bit of concentration, you'll get the hang of this in no time, and it's all written out line by line down to whether to leave the unused yarn hanging to the front or the back! (shown in Gris and Pine on Rios).

Off the B-List

The fourth design is knit on the bias and is the only design which is predominantly Brioche stitch. It's reversible and is worked from corner to corner. In this design I wanted to explore knitting the deeply textured brioche stitch on the diagonal. And the result is the fun and funky 'Off the B-List' poncho!

The Off the B-List poncho (or stole, if you prefer to not sew it up) is so versatile! Combine a muted and a off the hook color and wear the muted side to the office, then turn the thing inside out take yourself OFF THE B-LIST to go out on the town! Do you want to go sophisticated and muted or make a bold statement with two flashy colors? Your choice! (shown in Teal Feather on Sock and Double Bass on Mechita).

Knit one or all of these patterns. We're pretty sure once you get started in Brioche, you're not going to want to stop! Make sure to click all of the links to see the Ravelry pages and get your own copies of these fun new patterns.

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