In anticipation of our upcoming Brioche Video Workshop we thought it’d be a good idea to highlight some of the best brioche books out there. Now not all of them focus solely on brioche knitting but they do have some great patterns in them we thought you should check out.
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1.Knitting Brioche: The Essential Guide to the Brioche Stitch
by Nancy Marchant
Knitting Brioche is the first and only knitting book devoted exclusively to brioche stitch, a knitting technique that creates a double-sided fabric. This complete guide will take you from your first brioche stitches to your first (or hundredth) project, and even to designing with brioche stitch, if you desire. Whether you’re new to brioche knitting or experienced at “brioching,” author Nancy Marchant provides the information and inspiration you need.
2.Knitting Brioche-Stitch Socks: 14 Easy Patterns for Tube Socks
by Barbara Sander
The heel has always been a challenge for sock knitters, so sidestep it! Learn a great new technique and discover how simple sock knitting can be. Using the easy brioche stitch, knitters can now avoid complicated heels and stitch up socks in a jiffy.
3. Knit One Below: One Stitch, Many Fabrics
by Elyse Duvekot
Though not technically brioche, K1b is a similar technique which is sometimes called by the same name. The bright idea behind this guide is to build an entire collection around one simple stitch that creates many intriguing effects. Shown in knitting instructions as “k1b” (knit 1 below), the technique involves knitting into the stitch one row below the stitch on the needle with either a knit or a purl stitch. The result is an easy-to-knit fabric with wonderful drape and flexibility that looks equally good on both sides.
4. Swedish Knits: Classic and Modern Designs in the Scandinavian Tradition
by Paula Hammerskog
This book is not entirely about brioche knitting but does include a few brioche patterns that we think are worth sharing. With this book, knitters of all skill levels can create cozy sweaters; fun, summery dresses; stylish jackets; elegant bedspreads; and much more. The Swedes have been avid knitters since the sixteenth century, creating richly textured garments that are both luxurious and practical. Their designs have inspired modern knitting in how yarn is used, what designs are handsome, and also what is functional. This book brings the long-standing Swedish tradition up-to-date with pieces that are as hip as they are fun to make.
5.Reversible Knitting: 50 Brand-New, Groundbreaking Stitch Patterns
Let’s face it, this book rocks! Not only does it include 50 reversible stitch patterns, it also includes instructions for increasing and decreasing in brioche. Reversible stitch patterns can be used to create projects where either side can be worn facing outward, or where two sides of the piece are visible simultaneously (such as a scarf or a garment with collar or cuffs that that can be worn up or down). In addition to stitch patterns, the book features 20 such projects—from accessories like scarves, hats, and socks to sweaters and dresses!
Have you tried brioche knitting? If so what has been your favorite project? Add it in the comments!