5 Brioche Faves from Nancy Marchant

By Ann Shayne
June 24, 2022

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  • I love them all! Thank you for the encouragement to start to brioche. Nancy Marchant’s designs are truly works of art. I might be old but I’m learning new tricks!

  • As I read this, I can look over and see the yarn I bought for the Pecan Pie Beret that I bought 15 years ago (!) when the pattern was released. I pull it out every once in a while, but never seem to knit it. I think, fundamentally, I really don’t like the finished product anymore. But that Winter Birch scarf…

  • Nancy is brilliant. Just brilliant. She takes knitting to another level….and us with her! Perfect for MDK.

  • The experience of knitting Nancy Marchant’s brioche patterns combines the squishy feel of fiber, whilst seeing the gorgeous color patterns emerge – yielding an experience similar to working a magical puzzle. Simply delightful!!

  • Loving brioche! Collaborating with my college-bound son on colors for a brioche beanie to send him off with!!

  • Love these patterns, but I can’t even think about trying brioche again. I’ve already written a rant in the Lounge (which I can’t really figure out either!), so I’ll spare you. I’ll just say that if there’s anyone out there who still doesn’t get it, despite field guide, zoom, and video stared at many times, you’re not alone!

    • I recently learned brioche under Michele Bernstein (@pdxknitterati). She released a book last year that I test knit for – never having knit brioche before. She has generous sized pictures in her book as well as links to videos that are just amazing. If you are interested, I’d recommend checking her out. She’s an amazing teacher imo.

      • Thanks Melissa!

  • Brioche is so much fun. I made the Bramen Cowl in the Schoppel Wolle Gradient as depicted in the pattern. It was a meditative, rhythmic knit and Jen’s directions are always superb. It was also a perfect fit until I lost it while hiking one day:( Maybe it’s time to knit another?

    • To clarify, Nancy’s directions are easy to follow and Jen’s tutorial support, at ACTechniques, for the pattern is super helpful. Just wanted to make sure the right credit was given where due:)