This set of mittens and cowl are a perfect way to keep warm this Winter. Brioche is highly textured and the addition of the cables really shows the stitch to great effect.
If you haven’t knit brioche before the mittens are the perfect small project on which to learn. The Cabled Brioche looks complex but the stitches are repetitive and develop an easy rhythm.
The basic cable and brioche pattern is an 8 stitch repeat so it is easy to length or shorten the cowl.
- PDF Knitting Pattern, Published August 2015
- Buffalo Wool Company Buffalo Skies DK
- DK / 8 ply (11 wpi)
- 28 stitches = 4 inches in mitten - stockinette
- Needle size
- US 2 - 2.75 mm
- US 2½ - 3.0 mm
- US 3 - 3.25 mm
- US 4 - 3.5 mm
- 700-800 yards (640 - 732 m)
- One Size
I love the result of the Bird Nest Mitten pattern, which I was able to access for free through the kit. In general the instructions are easy to follow, although I would suggest using the phrase "yarn over" in the brioche pattern description rather than "wrap", which means something very different to some of us knitters. "Yarn over" helps to explain the approach to the "wrapping" of the yarn, which goes over (not around) the opposite color stitch on each round of the brioche pattern.
Also, living in a cold winter climate in Colorado, it is helpful if the wool is doubled in the mitten body for added warmth, which also echoes the weight of the brioche gusset area.
Otherwise I love the look and feel of the buffalo wool and the pattern, and am enjoying completing my second mitten!