Since a lot of people are keen to learn brioche but a little intimidated, and since a lot of people suddenly have some extra time on their hands, I’m doing an MKAL. I’m a bit nervous about it actually, because I’ve never done that before, and also I haven’t actually finished the scarf myself yet. Whoops. Super unprofessional. But look, lockdown is NOW, waiting six weeks to get it all done and edited and tested is just too much waiting. So I’m doing this on the fly. Every lesson is being edited and tested! I just have to stay one step ahead of the rest of you…
Anyway so the idea is, you grab 2-3 colours of yarn (or more) and cast on. I’ll teach you how to brioche, starting from the very basics and working up (in very detailed lessons) to fancy shaping and so on. You’ll be making a kind of sampler scarf (but the design is, I think, fairly coherent, it’s not just one thing after another). Lessons will be released every week, starting this Wednesday. Join in by adding the pattern
to your Ravelry library, and you’ll get each update as it is published. You can chat about it (yarn choices, questions etc) in the group
, or on social media using the tag #LockdownBriocheSchool, or just knit quietly by yourself, it’s all good.
The pattern is free, because I don’t need the money, but a lot of other people really do. Instead of paying me, if you’re not worrying about money yourself, I’d gently encourage you to send a donation to your local hunger relief charity (Trussell Trust
is great for food banks in the UK; Food4Kids
is helping in the US; I am sure there are many
more I don’t know about). Maybe also think about buying yarn for this from one of the dyers
who’s lost sales from a cancelled event this spring. Or buy another pattern from a full-time designer. Someone recently randomly treated me to a pattern from my wish list – she wanted to support designers but didn’t need anything herself. Isn’t that the sweetest idea? Double the kindness! (Thank you again, Cheryl!