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Michele Lee Bernstein is PDXKnitterati. She specializes in designing accessories, especially if they use one or two skeins of very special yarn. She’s fond of texture (brioche, lace, entrelac, elongated stitches) and loves how interesting techniques can be used to make small objects sing. Her patterns are available through Ravelry.com.
Michele loves teaching knitters to be the boss of their knitting! She teaches at local yarn shops, fiber festivals (Red Alder Fiber Arts Festival, Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, Vogue Knitting Live), and retreats. She even teaches remotely through Zoom.
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Petite Brioche: 2 Color Brioche in the Round
Brioche knitting is the current “it knit” and you can do it, too! Brioche knitting is easier in the round than flat, and even easier with two colors rather than one. We’ll learn basic brioche rib while knitting a simple headband. We’ll also learn how to fix common mistakes in brioche knitting.
Materials: One light colored and one dark colored heavy worsted weight yarn, 100 yards each (example: Malabrigo Worsted), and 16 inch US 6 circular needle (no magic loop or dpns for first time brioche, please), one stitch marker for beginning of round.
Download the free pattern here
Homework: With DC, loosely cast on 72 sts using long tail cast on. Join to work in the round, then knit 1 round. Bring yarn to front and leave it hanging there.
So you've mastered two color brioche rib in the round. What next? Increases and decreases! Choose one of the following patterns: Heliotrope hat or cowl, or Brioche Pastiche hat. You will receive a download code to choose your pattern! We will learn and practice the double increase, and left and right leaning double decreases. We'll also learn more about reading your brioche knitting, and fixing more mistakes. This class is for knitters that have already learned basic 2 color brioche rib, even if it’s just from Petite Brioche class at this retreat.
Materials: One light colored and one dark colored heavy worsted weight yarn, 100 yards each (example: Malabrigo Worsted), 16" US 6 circular needle for hat or 24" needle for cowl, one stitch marker for beginning of round. A row counter is helpful, too. Pattern of your choice from the above listed patterns.
Homework: Cast on and work through the two set-up rounds for Heliotrope hat or cowl. For Brioche Pastiche, also work the 6 rounds of brioche rib as indicated in pattern. If you took the Petite Brioche class, you can use 6 rounds of the brioche rib from that for the beginning of the smaller sized Brioche Pastiche hat!