Brioche Knit Love: Syncopated Brioche

The photo tour of my upcoming book, Brioche Knit Love, continues. It’s a short chapter, but the next section of the book teaches you to syncopate your brioche. Syncopation means switching your brioche knits to brioche purls, and your brioche purls to brioche knits. Why do we want to do this? Brioche knit stitches pop up, and brioche purl stitches recede into the background.

You can syncopate entire rounds, as in the Crema Cowl. See how the colors and the white take turns being the star of the show? The colors that show are the brioche knit stitches.

And in the Shortbread Scarf the knits and purls trade places within the rows, to create the checkerboard pattern you see here. Both of these patterns are knit with Knit Picks Chroma Worsted. I love the subtle shading of this gradient yarn. The Shortbread Scarf is named because the squares make me think of shortbread squares.

I baked some chocolate chip shortbread to share with you, and you can bake your own. The recipe is in the book.

Once syncopation is in your toolkit, we’ll move on to brioche increases and decreases. This is where brioche really shines. No more straight lines! I’ll show you in a future post.

Don’t forget, I’m giving away a copy of Brioche Knit Love to a lucky blog reader! Leave a comment on the introductory blog post here, if you’d like a chance to win. I’m picking a winner Sunday night (October 10). Good luck!

(Photos in this post are by Angela Watts, Tekoa Rose Photography)

7 responses to “Brioche Knit Love: Syncopated Brioche

  1. Kathryn Gearheard

    What’s more exciting than seeing our hometown expert in brioche publish her first book? Maybe the end of COVID but that’s about it. Since she is such a good teacher, it’s gotta be easy to use too. I’ll buy this book, for sure.

  2. I love your new book, it’s already on my Amazon wishlist!

    • Thanks, but it’s not going to be on Amazon. We’re selling it through LYSes and direct from the publisher; we’re trying to support our local LYSes! They can’t compete with Amazon…

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  3. Michelle, I think it’s brilliant that you are walking us through your book.

  4. Your book looks lovely. I’m sure it’s as thorough as your teaching. I can’t wait to see it!

  5. Natalie Simon

    I will ask for you book at my LYS. Glad not to be buying it from Amazon. Can’t wait to knit Coffee Breakers Cowl!!!

  6. I’m really excited to make some of these beautiful patterns! I’ve been choosing yarn combinations already. Looking forward to seeing you on the 30th!