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Pattern Facelift: Basync Brioche

Every time I say this to a non-brioche knitter I get an eye roll, so I'm going to say it again and see how many more eye rolls I can get: "Two-color brioche is EASIER to learn than one color".

For serious! How can 2 be easier than 1? Well, because in the case of brioche, you want to see how the two colors are interacting to form the fabric! 

Ok, lesson over!

Almost two years ago this simple little pattern was loaded up to Ravelry and became a really popular way for folks to learn to knit brioche! It's two colors (WOOT WOOT!), features a yarn that can stand up to multiple cast-ons (and subsequent ripping back to figure out how to brioche) and doesn't involve any difficult shaping stitches - it's 2-color brioche at it's most basic... almost! There's a teeny-tiny syncopation in the middle to change things up a bit so you can see how the yarn dominance of the brk's vs the brp's play together. 

When this pattern was originally released it was only done in Sport weight. Well, my friends, it was time for an update. Now we have this wonderful pattern in 3 weights: sporty, worsted and BULKY, BABY!

BASYNC BRIOCHE

So! If learning to knit brioche is on your to do list for 2018, this is the way to go! Not only do you have 3 weight options, each size designed to use just one skein of each color, but I have a slew of brioche tutorial videos to get you rockin' and rollin'! 

A couple of years ago I hosted a weeks worth of brioche tutorials - so you can go back in the archives and check out what I had to say about it, and visit the accompanying videos on YouTube to get you squared away:

Here are the blog posts, in order of which they were published. These were also my introduction to YouTube. My how time flies!

One color, flat: http://unapologeticknitter.com/blog/2015/5/4/how-to-one-color-brioche-knit-flat

One color, round: http://unapologeticknitter.com/blog/2015/5/5/how-to-one-color-brioche-in-the-round

Two color, flat: http://unapologeticknitter.com/blog/2015/5/4/how-to-two-color-brioche-knit-flat

Two color, round: http://unapologeticknitter.com/blog/2015/5/6/how-to-two-color-brioche-in-the-round

Fixing Brioche: http://unapologeticknitter.com/blog/2015/5/6/how-to-fix-dropped-stitches-in-brioche

 

Here's the pattern details so you can get to brioche-ing!

THE STORY

When the need for simplicity in my life crashed into my love of brioche, this basic, single syncopation brioche cowl was born. Each one of these cowls is designed to maximize the use of just 2 skeins: 1 skein of each color!

You can order a kit directly from Ewe Ewe Yarns that includes both the pattern and the yarn needed to make a cowl in your desired weight - we've even put together some color combinations that we think are pretty fabulous. Visit EWE EWE YARNS to get a kit.

SUPPLIES

  • A copy of the Basync Brioche pattern (included in kit)
  • Ewe Ewe Yarns - 100% superwash merino wool: (included in kit)
    • Sport Weight: Ewe So Sporty (145 yds / 50g skein): 1 skein each of “75 Sky Blue” (Color A) and “78 Sapphire” (Color B)
    • Worsted Weight: Wooly Worsted (95 yds / 50g skein): 1 skein each of “70 Aquamarine” (Color A) and “20 Red Poppy” (Color B)
    • Bulky Weight: Baa Baa Bulky (120 yds / 50g skein): 1 skein each of “97 Brushed Silver” (Color A) and “30 Saffron” (Color B)
  • US 6 (4mm) 24” / 60 cm circular needle (Sport weight)
  • US 8 (5mm) 24” / 60 cm circular needle (Worsted weight)
  • US 10.5 (6.5mm) 40” / 100 cm circular needle (Bulky weight)
  • Stitch marker
  • Row counter
  • Tapestry needle

FINISHED SIZES

  • Sport Weight Size: 7.75” / 20 cm tall x 24.5” / 62 cm circumference
  • Worsted Weight Size: 7.25” / 18.5 cm tall x24.5“ / 62 cm circumference
  • Bulky Weight Size: 6.5” / 16.5 cm tall x 44” /112 cm circumference

PROJECT GAUGE(S)

  • St and Row counts = 4” / 10 cm in even 2-color brioche, knit in the round (taken after blocking)
    • Sport Weight: 19 sts & 26 rows
    • Worsted Weight: 16 sts & 22 rows
    • Bulky weight: 12 sts & 13 rows

NOTES

  • These cowls are constructed in the round. A basic color swap halfway through the height of the cowl allows for the simple syncopation.
  • This pattern includes instructions for 3 weights of cowl: Sport, Worsted and Bulky weights. Instructions for the Sport weight cowl is written first with instructions for the Worsted and Bulky weights in parentheses as follows: Sport weight (Worsted weight, Bulky weight). When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.
  • Adjust needle size as necessary to match gauge.
  • While these samples were knit on the same size needles throughout, if you know you have a tight cast on or bind off, it is recommended to go up two needle sizes for the cast on and bind off to avoid pulling/puckering.
  • This project is meant to use the entirety of each of the skeins; note that the specified yarn amounts do not account for a gauge swatch.

 

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY! 

Now go get your pattern, your yarn and your needles and get to that brioche magic!

April KALFH #3: Washed Ashore hat

If you follow me on Instagram, #yearofhats is probably the hashtag I should be using! 2017 is proving to be a hat-filled year and I'm pretty darn excited about that. 

Washed Ashore by Lesley Anne Robinson

Basic... but not!

As knitters, I feel like we can appreciate the time and effort that goes into every project we create. But sometimes, its relaly  nice to find a project that flies off thte needles. And weirdly enough, this lovely hat does just that! 

Worked in two layers, you'll blaze through the inner hat and marvel at the beauty of the outer hat. 

Tips for the Inner Hat 

  • You basically knit two hats - but the inner hat is worsted weight so it knits up in just hours. It seems crazy to make an entire inner hat of which you only see the brim, but it's worth it once you work the outer layer and you can see the inner hat color popping through the lace work.
  • I made the size small and am modeling it above on a 22" circumference head. 
  • When you complete the inner hat, clip a removable marker to the brim at the beginning of round so you know where your beg of round is for beginning the outer hat.

Tips for the Outer Hat

Lesley has provided a great video on picking up the stitches which is super duper helpful! Using the removable marker that you clipped to your brim when you finished the inner hat, begin picking up the stitches per Lesley's video.

  • I found it much easier to use a crochet hook to pick up 4 stitches at a time and place it on the US 3 needle. 
  • For both sizes, you can pick up 4 stitches for every 3 on the original hat: pick up 1 stitch for each column of knit stitches you see, and then create a 4th by picking up a stitch between columns every 3 sts. 
    • For size small, you'll get exactly the right number of stitches if you work in this 4 for 3 pattern.
    • For size large, you'll be a 6 stitches short. So work 1 additional round of *k23, kfb; rep from * to end to get to the required 150 sts.
  • Once all the stitches are picked up, use a tapestry needle to thread the tail of the picked up stitches to the inside of the hat for weaving in later.
  • I found it easier to work the outer hat with the inner hat turned inside out and hanging down, outside the outer hat. 
  • BUT! When its time to cinch the top of the outer hat closed, push the inner hat back up inside the outer hat so you can attach the two layers of hat at the top by pushing the tail of the outer hat through the top of the inner hat, and weaving in the ends. 

Blocking

Due to the thickness of this hat, and therefore it's lack of "slouchiness" I recommend wet blocking this hat to your heads dimension, being careful not to block out the brim. 

So, I soaked the hat and squeezed the water out without wringing or twisting. Then I blew up a balloon to 22" circumference and put the hat over the balloon. The beautiful part of that is that the hat will fit my head comfortably, but the balloon is narrow enough at the bottom that it won't stretch out the brim. Let the balloon rest on a mug or glass and dry completely. It'll take a little longer than normal since it's 2 layers thick. I "helped" mine dry by placing the cup on top of my floor heating register. Dried in no time! ;) 

Keep in touch!

Thanks for knitting along with us on this project! If you're on social media, feel free to tag #unapologeticknitter (or use @notsorryknitter on IG) so I can see your amazing creations! I can't wait to KALFH with you!