Brioche Beret Ideas

No, I haven’t been baking (well, I have, but not brioche 😉

I’ve been learning how to do brioche stitch, also known as fisherman’s rib, using this web site.
This is a seriously cool stitch pattern – each row is knit twice, with first the odd stitches being knit / even stitches slipped, and then the even stitches being knit / odd stitches being slipped. It’s a bit more tricky than that, but that’s the basic idea.
And the reason for this, apart from always liking to learn new things? I simply had to make a Windmill Beret (Rav link) by Nancy Marchant (or pretty much any of her beret patterns, really – all free, on the same web site above). Isn’t it stunning?!
I’m using 1 skein of Noro Silk Garden, and 1 skein of Naturally Loyal (leaf green). It’s knit from the top down, and the first few rows are very fiddly – i think I had to restart about four times. In the end, I found using a long circular needle (magic loop) much easier than DPNs.
This is what it looks like on the ‘wrong’ side …
It takes a fair bit of concentration initially, but once the technique ‘clicks’ – which it did for me around Row 10 – the whole process is much faster. I’ve got to this point in three days … hope to finish it this weekend! And I think I’ll be making more of these!

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