Brioche stitch (aka Fisherman’s Rib) is a fluffy, thick rib. The concept is simple- yarn over strands are worked together with stitches to create an extra luscious, reversible knit fabric. It is like normal ribbing with a bonus!
When I first tried brioche years ago, I was trying to help out a friend that had started what looked like a simple 1×1 rib scarf. She ended up having to be in the hospital for a couple days, so I wanted to surprise her/cheer her up since I knew she didn’t really like the project she was working on. I thought I knew what she was doing. A couple rows of working plain k1, p1 stitch found me befuddled and confused. Why was her ribbing so full and scarf wider? I hastily ripped out my rows. When I arrived at the last row she worked, a giant question mark might as well have been above my head! There were extra strands of yarn and yarn overs every other stitch. Well, fast forward to now and I am happy to tell you brioche is not only easy but addictive!
There are two steps that tend to get knitters hung up about brioche- how to start and how to end.
I’ve made a video featuring a simple cowl design with brioche stitch in the round. Because I am using two different yarns/colors in the cowl, it is a lot easier to see what you are doing. The yarns are very thick and create a project with a short turn around time. Encore Mega is the solid color, and Cannoli (NEW this year!) is the multi. The combination of the two yarns also creates a reversible project- one side shows Encore Mega more dominantly while the other side shows Cannoli as the lead.
Perhaps you will try your hand at this magnificent and misunderstood stitch? Here is the pdf. Enjoy the video!
Scarves don’t have to be heavy and cumbersome. A new trend that I’ve noticed in ready to wear is adorn your spring and summer wardrobes with fashion scarves. The scarves can be skinny, about 3″ wide, though I have seen some wider scarves that are about 7″ wide. They all have one thing in commong- they are lightweight and wispy. They are knit looser than you normally would knit the fabric, which creates a lot of drape, and keeps the scarves from being too overwhelming.
Here are some skinny scarf designs that we have designed at Plymouth. Click the photo to be taken to the pattern.
Ponchos are such a hit lately! We love Alicia Plummer’s Gale so much, and we were thrilled to see she made a Mini Gale for little ones.
Both ponchos use the same construction- a boxy body with sloped shaped shoulders. A stunning turtleneck is the icing on the cake for this trendy poncho/pullover. The sides feature buttoned “armholes”- a neat construction choice for a no fuss wardrobe piece.
The ponchos are knit using Plymouth Homestead– a great aran weight choice for the perfect drape. Homestead is 2-ply wool that comes in solid and natural heathers. We love it because it has incredible yardage (191 yards per 100 grams skein) as well as being warm enough to chase the early spring chill.
Traditionally, February 29th is the day that a woman can ask a man to marry her. Sure, times have changed but this tradition isn’t so bad. In some European countries, such as Denmark, tradition says any man who refuses a woman’s proposal on February 29 has to buy her 12 pairs of gloves. In Finland, it changes to fabric for a skirt. If it landed me some beautiful fingerless mitts, I might not mind having those instead of a husband some days! Here are some fun and free patterns to celebrate these traditions. Enjoy!
Some of you may already be feeling it…that anxious the-holidays-are-right-around-the-corner time crunch. We all have high hopes of getting our knitting/crocheting gifts completed on time. If you are one of the lucky ones and are all caught up and ready to go…well, go treat yourself to some hot chocolate because you are ahead of the game!
But for those that aren’t, I’ve put together a list of my favorite 1, 2, and 3 ball/skein projects that are sure to keep you feeling sane and still merry.
BONUS- Many of these you can make the night before. Take a look at our list and check it twice (click on the image for the pattern link); then head to your favorite yarn shop and get crafty!
Stella Jacq Fingerless Mitts 1 ball
Arequipa Worsted Socks 1 ball
Baby Angel 1-2 ball cardigan
Perlina Fingerless Mitts 1 ball
Baby Alpaca Lace and Kid Gloss Cowl- 1 skein of each yarn
With the Fall season upon us, I want to tell you about a new exciting yarn we have at Plymouth.
Mushishi Big is a lofty wool silk blend with long stretches of color. The variations of white silk slubs throughout the softly spun woolen are whimsical and provide depth to this multi-faceted chunky weight.
(Psst, this is a BIG brother to our popular yarn, Mushishi.)
I designed a pair of boot toppers that feature a variation of a stitch called the “Umbrella Stitch.” The undulating nature of the stitch creates a stylish curvature around your calves. The bottom ribbed part of the boot topper will fit snuggly against your legs and provide extra cushion and warmth. It is important you bind off with a nice stretchy method- I like “Jeny’s stretchy bind off” or “tubular bind off” method. Do you have a favorite stretchy bind off method?
I think these would look equally cute with a pair of cowboy boots. Enjoy this free pattern using our new fall yarn!
It’s that time of year again! Just 4 days left until the 5th birthday of I Love Yarn Day! The Craft Yarn Council is calling for all fiber friends to #stitchitforward by teaching at least one person how to knit, crochet, weave or spin. It only takes a few minutes to share your love of yarn with another person and chances are, they are going to love it too! Post your projects across facebook, twitter,pinterest and instagram!
To help you share your love of yarn, Plymouth Yarn is giving away one of it’s biggest prizes ever! One lucky winner will receive FIVE–that’s right- FIVE, cowl kits containing our best selling yarns!
To Enter: Comment on this blog post with 1. Your favorite yarn shop. 2. Your favorite Plymouth Yarn 3. Your favorite place to knit/crochet/weave or spin. You must include all 3 to be eligible for the grand prize. Winners will be notified on October 19th via email. One runner up will receive one Baby Alpaca Grande Cowl kit.
Here are the fabulous cowl kits that are included in the Grand prize. They would all make fantastic gifts. Don’t want to wait to see if you win? Download the patterns here and run to your local yarn shop to get the yarn. Free pattern links are located under each picture.
At this years Pitti Filati show in Florence, Italy. Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Terry Phillips along with his lovely wife, sales rep, Jennifer, arrived to splashes of color in all sorts of interesting mediums. Stuffed animals, traffic cones, and multicolored smoke were just a few ways they were displayed.
They met with long time friends and the folks who make that decadent Baby Alpaca and beautiful Galway.
There was emphasis on natural fibers spun into luxury yarns. The colors were earthy and regal.
It was a long, hot week and Plymouth Yarn is excited to develop new products to share with you in the coming months.