My friends know that I've been on a Brioche kick recently in my personal knitting. Once I got it figured out, I have found the fluidity and squishiness of brioche to be immensely soothing and delightful.
So I have sought out a few superb designers who also play with brioche and here would like to introduce you to Julie of Julie Knits In Paris.
What lovely designs!
On this web page we have put together yarns for her beautiful Stripe'aganza.
Please get the pattern via her Ravelry page.
This is not a 100% bricohe shawl; it plays around with other ways of knitting too. There are garter stripes, two-color brioche stripes, eyelet stripes, slipped stitch stripes, and more.
Sure to keep your interest!
To quote Julie:
Stripe in every way, work in every direction.
Enjoy this stripe extravaganza !
The Yarn and Colorways
What is needed to make this lovely shawl is fingering weight yarn, in three colors.
For Color A one needs 295 yards (270m). As color A is worked together with color C in two sections, they should work well together.
Color B needs about 208 yards (190m) and should complement A and C nicely; it is fine for it to be close in tone to A.
Color C uses about 240 yards (220m) and is the contrast color which highlights the structural lines. It should be significantly darker or lighter than the other two in order to stand out; alternatively it could be a very bright pop of color.
What we put together as kits are different than the yarns Julie used in her original shawl. We show our kits in the inset photos on the top picture and again below that.
Our kit uses two skeins of Malabrigo Mechita, 100% merino superwash with 420 yards/ 100g and one of Sweet Georgia's Tough Love Sock, 80% superwash merino/ 20% nylon, 425 yards/ 4 oz.
The first Mechita skein is called Carnival and is a glorious speckled mix of happiness! I see gold and red and blue and green --- all creating a marvelous confetti-ish look.
The second Mechita skein is called Renaissance, another of the new speckled yarns, this one darkers, the shadows at a party at midnight. You know how the midnight sky is really a very deep blue, not a black (check next time you are out at night). If you look at this skein you will see that it has all of the bright colors of Carnival plus a few others like pink and violet, all muted by the midnight-blue-almost-black speckles.
The Tough Love Sock skein is a tonal colorway called Mango Ice. This is a bright smiling color, mostly golds of varying tones plus some brushstrokes of ambers and browns.
The kit consisting of one skein of each will allow you to choose any for A, B, or C though I think that the Mango Ice would make the best C as it will stand out dramatically.
Reminder! Get the pattern via Jennifer's Ravelry page.