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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Queen of the Brioche Stitch: Nancy Marchant

The undisputed queen of the Brioche Stitch is Nancy Marchant. And her new book, Knitting Brioche, proves it yet again.

Nancy has been researching and designing with the Brioche Stitch for over 20 years. Her new book, Knitting Brioche: The Essential Guide to the Brioche Stitch is the definitive work on the subject.

And an essential guide it truly is. This is a book worth belonging in every knitter's library. Not only does she explain the different variations of the Brioche Stitch, together with very clear photos, she also includes the most original and beautiful patterns.

To top it off, there is a complete library of stitch variations, a wonderful resource for anyone wanting to experiment further with this intriguing stitch.

Nancy applies the concepts of the Brioche Stitch to many different garments and solves the problem for us of how to shape them--and still maintain the integrity of the stitch pattern. Not a small feat, this!
The France Scarf takes the basic version of the Brioche Stitch and works it in a series of stripes on one side and a solid colour on the other side. The effect in intriguing, as the different colours show through the solid-colour side.
I had actually finished my version of the France Scarf before this book hit the shelves. But once I saw the book, I was very excited. Not only because it fits in with one of the themes for the International Year of the Scarf Club, but it is just such a wonderful resource for all knitters.

Posted by Ilga Leja on 11/30 at 09:00 PM
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