Greetings, knitters! And a hearty thank you to the 300 or so folks who joined us last Monday for the Zoom premiere of our first video in support of Field Guide No. 21: Brioche. We know that brioche knitting is new and mysterious to many knitters, and that even when a pattern is as clear and simple as Nancy Marchant’s Cushiest Cowl, video can provide that extra boost that gets a knitter over the wall.
The video itself is linked up top. In 9 minutes we walk you through the set-up rounds and the 2 pattern rounds you’ll work to make the Cushiest Cowl, and get your brioche legs under you at the same time.
Our number 1 tip: watch the video with your needles in your hands. The simple movements of brioche knitting will make a lot more sense when you can see them happening in real life. You can stop the video by hitting the space bar anytime you need to, either to catch up, or to go back and watch a bit as many times as you like.
Behind the Scenes
Our first brioche video was a totally home-grown venture, made possible by the many skills on a team of multi-talented switch-hitters.
Chris Sharp was our DP (Director of Photography, y’all), in charge of lighting and camera. If something needs to be lashed to something else using zip-ties and carabiners, see Chris about that.
Allison Volek Shelton designed and set up the knitting, and provided the Steady Knitting Hands you’ll see in the video. The manicure just comes with, no additional charge.
Hannah Jones ran the clapper. I don’t know about anybody else’s clapper, but our clapper has illustrations.
I recorded the voiceover in a sound studio in New York (living room + iPhone). And Ashley Balding held the virtual cue cards by reading my script to prompt Allison’s moves.
Nathan Chapman edited it all together to synchronize the hands and the words and label everything up properly.
Bottom line: super fun times! We learned a lot, and we will put that learning to use again immediately. Keep an eye out for our next video, which will provide orientation and guidance for Nancy Marchant’s Honeycomb Scarf, which everybody is crazy about, and which has its own little tricks.
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Deadline for entries: Sunday, July 3, 11:59 PM Central time. We’ll draw a random winner from the entries. Winner will be notified by email.