Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Knitting Brioche by Nancy Marchant
This is my favorite kind of knitting book. A section on arcane knitting techniques I've never seen before, a stitch dictionary using those techniques, and a section of patterns to show you the possibilities. There's even some history in there at the beginning, like the cherry on top of my own personal sundae of knitting book perfection.
Detail, you ask?
Okay. Brioche is a technique popular in the Low Countries of Europe. It and Fisherman's Rib are the same in terms of path-of-yarn, but the construction is different. Brioche involves knitting every other stitch, and with the other stitch, slipping it with the yarn over the needle along with the stitch. Fisherman's Rib is simply 1x1 rib, in which you knit flat, working into the row below on the knit stitches on both sides. From this fairly simple-sounding beginning, Marchant has built an amazing repertoire. Increases, decreases, multiple colors, pattern variations, you name it.
The patterns are also well-designed. A great range of sizes, all triggering the ooo-I-wanna-make-that response. They're even made with easy-to-find yarns.
So, there you have it. Definitely a book worth adding to a personal library. I've been knitting twenty years, you all know I am a researching fool, and this book is FULL of things I've never seen before. I can't praise it more highly than that.
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