Brioche Hospital – Dr.’s Office Hours & Surgery Crash Course
One time meeting. 2.5hr intense brioche fix-it skills session
Learn when and how you can fix brioche mistakes without ripping and when ripping really is the best solution. Learn how to rip whole or partial rows with confidence and how to correct mistakes a few rows down. Students are expected to have in-progress brioche projects and/or come to class with brioche swatches on the needle. This class can help fix existing mistakes in existing projects but will also help reinforce your understanding of the structure of brioche stitches.
Is this class for you?
- Do you have a brioche boo-boo you can’t figure out?
- Have you been learning brioche on your own and need a bit of assistance to grasp mistake fixing without ripping?
- Do you keep making the same kind of mistake(s) but don’t know why they are happening?
THIS IS NOT A CLASS TO LEARN BRIOCHE. Students will be expected to be able to work brioche (in the round or flat) on their own and know brioche vocabulary. Projects can be as simple as one-color flat brioche or as complex as two-color brioche lace, cables, increases & decreases.
Materials and tools:
- An IN-PROGRESS sample swatch of brioche to work on as practice with techniques in class. This sample should still be on the needles. (See PRE-CLASS HOMEWORK below.)
- A brioche project on the needles with a boo-boo, AND the complete pattern for said project. PLEASE BRING THE WHOLE PATTERN, NOT JUST SNIPPETS. BRING WRITTEN AS WELL AS CHARTED INSTRUCTIONS. THE PORTION OF THE PATTERN YOU ARE WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT IS ALMOST ALWAYS NOT ENOUGH. HELP YOUR INSTRUCTOR HELP YOU BY HAVING THE COMPLETE PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS PRINTED AND AVAILIBLE AT CLASS.
- Other handy tools for fixing brioche: (bring any and all that you own on the list below)
- A crochet hook or two. Size does not need to be exact, but it is best if the hook size is not larger than the knitting needles you are using. Several sizes smaller than your needles is ok, just not bigger.
- A pair of Double Pointed Needles. Size does not need to be exact, but it is best if the size is smaller than the knitting needles you are using. Many sizes smaller than your needles is ok. DPNs the same size as your needles is fine if that is what you already have.
- A circular knitting needle many sizes smaller than the needles you are using.
- Stitch markers, locking ring type or safety pin type. More than one color if possible.
COME TO CLASS WITH YOUR SWATCH ALREADY ON THE NEEDLES. PLEASE HAVE 4”-5” OF BRIOCHE ON YOUR NEEDLES (preferably two color brioche).
YARN: Any yarn that produces clear stitch definition. Light colors preferred so you can see what is happening. Medium to heavy weight yarns recommended (Worsted, Aran, Chunky, Bulky). Your yarns can be different sizes but, avoid extreme mismatches in size (i.e not a fingering paired with a bulky).
NEEDLES: Any needle size that gives YOU an appropriate gauge for brioche using YOUR yarn. Generally this would be a needle the same size you would use for stockinette (with your thickest yarn) minus 2-3 sizes. You must use circular needles or long double pointed needles for two-color brioche.
- For a swatch worked flat, cast on 30-40 stiches and work at least 4” of plain brioche in one-color or two-color brioche. Two-color brioche is preferred. You may choose to start your swatch with an inch or so of garter stitch or k1, p1 ribbing.
- For a swatch worked in the round, cast on however many stitches you need (an even number) to be able to join in the round. Use circular needles at least 10” in circumference. Work at least 4” of plain brioche in one-color or two-colors. Two-color brioche is preferred. You may choose to start your swatch with an inch or so of garter stitch or k1,p1 ribbing. HINT: Use a 16” circular and turn your swatch into a hat after class. Look for brioche hat patterns you’d like to make and pick yarn and needles based on the pattern you want to make.