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Brioche Taste Test: Two-Color Flat Brioche

Brioche Taste Test: Two-Color Flat Brioche $45.00

2.5hr one-time meeting.  Start a swatch, grow it to a scarf if you choose.

Instructor: Stephanie

This class is designed for those who want to dip their toes into 2-color brioche.  This is an excellent continuation from the One-Color Flat Brioche Taste Test so consider taking that one earlier in the day as a way to ease into brioche.  Attendance in the one-color flat brioche class is recommended, but not required.  There is no pre-class homework, but if you are feeling adventurous before class you should try out THE ADVENTUROUS KNITTER’S PRE-CLASS EXPERIMENT below.

You must come to class with your yarn already wound and ready to go.  We cannot wind everyone’s yarn in class or in the time before class starts.  If you need yarn wound before class, please consider dropping by the shop a few days in advance and we can have it wound and ready for you at class.

Skills required:  Students are expected to be able to knit and purl confidently and consistently without assistance.  Experience with one-color flat brioche is helpful.

MATERIALS AND TOOLS:

  • YARN: Worsted weight yarn that produces good stitch definition.  Light colors are preferred for learning.  Avoid dark colors, fuzzy yarns, textured yarns and thick-n-thin yarns.
    • If you plan on growing your swatch into a scarf you will need 200g-300g of worsted weight yarn depending on how long you choose to make your scarf. You will use 50% color A and 50% color B.  Ideally you will use two different colors of the same yarn.  Using yarns of the same thickness is highly recommended for the purposed of this class, but as you get comfortable it is fun to mix yarns of different thicknesses.
  • NEEDLES: Use needles about 2 sizes smaller than what you would use to knit stockinette with that yarn.  If in doubt, US 6 is a good size for brioche if you normally use US 8 needles with worsted weight yarn.  If you knit tight, go up a size.  If you knit loose, go down a size (or two).  You must use circular needles or double pointed needles long enough to accommodate an 8” wide scarf.  YOU CANNOT USE STRAIGHT NEEDLES.
  • At least 2 stitch markers that can be distinguished from each other. It is also useful to have a few locking ring stitch markers on hand as well.
  • Other handy things: (bring any and all that you have 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.

 

THE ADVENTUROUS KNITTER’S PRE-CLASS EXPERIMENT:

I’m so excited for you to see what happens!!

Using Color B cast on an even number of stitches (16 minimum, 36 maximum).  The crochet cast on is highly recommended, backwards loop or knitted cast ons also work well.  Long tail cast on is ok if that is the only one you know.  Cast on loosely.  If you tend to cast on tightly use a larger needle to cast on and then switch to the smaller size for the project.  Remember to leave yourself a tail long enough to weave in later.  Your cast on will count as a Wrong Side row.

  1. TURN your work and KNIT with Color A. This is a Right Side row.  If you have used a crochet cast on, knitted cast on, or backwards loop cast on, your tail for Color B will be on your left.  If you have used a long tail cast on, or any of its variants, your tail for Color B will be on the right.  Remember to leave a tail for Color A that is long enough to weave in later.  Work this set-up row as follows:  Knit 4, place marker (we will call this marker R for “RIGHT SIDE”), knit until you have 4 stitches left, place marker (we will call this marker W for “WRONG SIDE”), knit the last 4 stitches.
  2. Drop your Color A yarn (DO NOT CUT). Do not turn your work but, SLIDE your stitches to the other end of your needle and PURL with Color B.  This a Right Side row.  Notice how the “RIGHT SIDE” marker is the first marker you will encounter.
  3. Turn work and PURL with Color A. This is a Wrong Side row.  Notice how the “WRONG SIDE” marker is the first marker you will encounter.
  4. SLIDE your stitches to the other end of your needle and KNIT with Color B. This is a Wrong Side row.  Notice how the “WRONG SIDE” marker is the first marker you will encounter.
  5. TURN and KNIT with Color A. (RS)
  6. SLIDE and PURL with Color B. (RS)
  7. TURN and PURL with Color A. (WS)
  8. SLIDE and KNIT with Color B. (WS)

Wasn’t that fun?  Do you like the result?  You are now ready to start class with a right side row.  If you don’t like how your colors are working together, now is the time to make a change.  Don’t worry about gauge for now unless it is obvious to you that the swatch is too loose or too tight.  If you are not sure, then everything is OK.  We’ll talk about gauge in class.