5 Brioche Faves from Nancy Marchant
It has been a thrilling week here at MDK, watching a bunch of knitters get the hang of brioche.
A whole new world, I tell you—once you get your brioche goggles on, all of a sudden you’re seeing brioche everywhere.
Nancy Marchant has published many, many brioche designs. We’ve tracked down some that are perfect for us newborn brioche knitters, now that we’ve got brk and brp in our knitting repertoire.
(If you missed our Zoom conversation with Nancy a few weeks ago, grab your knitting and settle in for the video recording of that jovial chat, right here.)
Included below are a couple of seemingly fancy designs that are probably easier than they appear—now that we’re, you know, accomplished brioche knitters.
A simple technique creates a lush result. Really love the squishiness of brioche? This is just as delightful.
A free pattern from Knitty.com, this Pecan Pie Beret is worked in stockinette brioche, not ribbed. The effect is a snug, warm hat with tons of room for fooling around with color.
Very cool, and a quick free pattern. Nancy riffs on the Casapinka design, the emPower People Bandana, which is part of a craftivism project aiming to unite crafters of all mediums to spark conversation, engagement, and action in the political process.
How does Nancy get those sqirgly wirglies to happen? The Criss Cross Cowl is nothing but simple brioche increases and decreases. What a result!
This sculptural piece is what happens when Nancy really gets warmed up. Like all knitting, Winter Birch is just one stitch at a time. And, like all knitting, the result seems like a magic trick. This is a design where Nancy demonstrates her wizardry—we love the book that contains this design, Leafy Brioche. Even if it’ll be a bit before we get to this one, it is fascinating to spend time with the pattern.
Wishing you brioche dreams this weekend, and sure, maybe some brioche French toast while you’re at it!