Brioche knitting has become my favorite type of knitting lately.
Recently I was asked to describe why and I had to think about it.
Well, Brioche has a lovely rhythm to it but then, most knitting has a lovely rhythm to it.
Brioche is reversible which is really nice -- great for shawls and wraps, wonderful for scarves. Often the two sides mirror each other though not always; the colors are always reversed though. Having no right-side or wrong-side and a choice of predominant color depending on mood and clothing is a major plus.
I love giving a brioche hat as a gift and casually mentioning that it is actually two hats in one. The fact that the hat can be worn with either side out for two very different looks --- in and of itself that is a giant smile-maker.
And, of course, if you have the patience to knit them, it is great to have two-sided afghans.
I really like how the designs form. The stitches tend to create beautiful curves, very reminiscent of the Art Nouveau style which really sings to me.
Plus brioche has a wonderful plush-i-ness to it (I know that isn't really a word but it should be). It just feels so marvelous -- as delicious as the bread it is named after. :-)
Here are some links that deal with Brioche knitting that I have found very useful:
Wondering what to do about sevedges?
Deals with synchopation, and changing what yarn does what:
And this one is an interesting new approach - one pass brioche: