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Brioche Chic: 22 Fresh Knits for Women & Men [Kindle Edition]

Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark
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Book Description

A modern take on brioche stitch with gorgeous wearable garments and accessories that knitters will love.

Knitters will create striking colorwork and beautiful faux cable designs with Brioche Chic. Author Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark offers a solid introduction to brioche and a collection of 22 garments and accessories for women and men, including hats, scarves, cowls, mittens, pullovers, vests, and cardigans. Striking designs that are not overwhelming or full of complicated techniques will reel in readers to this fun style of knitting.

Starting with the basics, Brioche Chic offers mini collections of garments revolving around a specific set of techniques. Basic brioche starts the first section, as Mercedes shows how the basic rib pattern can be adapted to simple motifs, lace, and various textures. Later, she offers more complex designs such as cables and various types of two-color brioche. Some of the featured garments are all-over brioche, while others integrate brioche with stockinette stitch for more streamlined, flattering designs.


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"Well, let me tell you, this book leaves you fearless when it comes to the ever-so-intimating Brioche stitch." --Dishcloth Diva Knits On""Brioche Chic" isn't just a pattern book. It's a book that takes you from A to Z in the fascinating technique of brioche knitting. Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark covers basic brioche stitches, preferred cast-on and bind-off methods, increases and decreases in brioche, reading brioche charts, 2 color brioche knitting, and brioche cables. This is a book that can really walk you through a new technique from absolute beginner to advanced-level work." --Poetry in Yarn"Brioche can be a complex subject, and Mercedes breaks down the process of creating lovely one and two-colored brioche in simple, easier to comprehend bits. The book itself is bright, light and cheerful--which would make it a terrific gift for a knitter on your list who is ready to move into a new technique--with very clear illustrations, many charts (love that!) and excellent photography of the garments and details." --Mode Knit""Brioche Chic" is a beautiful collection of brioche stitch knitting patterns and instructions." --Ewe Ewe"As you will find in all good technique-based knitting books, the first chapter focuses on understanding terms and techniques. Excellent line drawings demonstrate the yarn and stitch manipulations while close-up photos provide examples of finished fabrics utilizing the specified techniques." --Two Sides Two Points"This book is a great go-to if you're new to brioche knitting, but the patterns are unusual and pretty enough that even if you're comfortable with the basics already you'll want to check this book out. Once you start working with these cool techniques and patterns you just might be hooked, too." --Knitting.About.com"I have experience knitting basic brioche, but hadn't thought it was really possible to use the technique for anything other than scarves until this book." --Little Acorn Creations"I LOVE this book. First, it breaks brioche down into very simple steps--much like how I teach it. And second, it doesn't bombard you with unneeded information. Those who have taken my class can attest for my dislike of frivolous-information-bombardment." --Digital Nabi"First I feel the need to discuss just how easy this book makes brioche knitting. "Brioche Chic" taught me how to brioche knit in 20 minutes." --Unapologetic Knitter"This book will help you take the brioche stitch to the next level, where you cable brioche, make traveling stitches with brioche, knit two colors with brioche, and sometimes use those techniques together." --My Central Jersey's "In Stitches" Column

About the Author

Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark is a knitwear designer, writer, and teacher based in Birmingham, Alabama, known for stylish and feminine designs. She has designed for many yarn companies, books, and magazines, including Classic Elite, Malabrigo, Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Twist Collective, and Knitty.com. Interweave also released her popular instructional video/DVD, Brioche Knitting Basics.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 68885 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (17 Oct. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LLOOT2E
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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3.7 out of 5 stars
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Nia
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book takes the fright out of the process. Brioche is not an intuitive stitch but if you follow the book and do not expect to start immediately to knit while watching thrillers and chatting with the family at the same time you can succeed in no time. My advice is to start with simple brioche, try it in two colors and then try the decrease and increase based patterns as for them you need to understand the structure of the knit and manipulate the front and back sides separately.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars 9 Jun. 2015
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Far too complicated to follow and patterns were all very similar so unfortunately won't be using
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5.0 out of 5 stars a new skill 22 Dec. 2014
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Good condition concise instruction
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Brioche Knitting Reference Book With Uneven Collection of Garment Designs 29 Sept. 2014
By Lynne E. - Published on Amazon.com
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BRIOCHE CHIC is an excellent reference book on brioche knitting that includes an uneven collection of 22 garment designs. There are two methods of brioche knitting: (1) the simple alternating "knit one in the row below" method that produces the well-known, stretchy "fisherman's rib"; and (2) the more complicated alternating "slipped stitch with yarnover" method that the book relies on.

I very much like the designer's explanation of why a knitter might want to use brioche knitting: "The depth of texture and stunning color effects made possible through brioche's stitch manipulation make these pieces worth the time. In colorwork, handling two colors of yarn per row can be easier, since you are working each color one at a time before returning to the beginning to work the second color, much like mosaic knitting. With cables, colorwork, and other texture patterns, the work is often reversible . . . ."

Most of the garment designs are rather plain, but allow knitters to practice the brioche knitting techniques. Most patterns are written for multiple sizes, and call for worsted, DK, or sportweight yarn (and medium-size needles appropriate to the yarns and brioche knitting structure). There are patterns for brioche-knit shawls, hats, mittens, scarves, and sweaters.

A few designs really stand out for me, as garments that I like a lot, and would enjoy knitting. These are the Lattice-Edged Cardigan (an open-front dolman cardigan with directionally knit garter stitch body and wavy brioche stitch cables at the cuffs and fronts that also form a shawl collar); the Cowl-Neck Pullover (the dolman pullover with flat-shaped brioche cables shown in the book cover photo); and the Smocked Blouse (a cap-sleeve stockinette tee with brioche cables along the scoop neckline which ultimately join up with a simple smocking stitch across the front to make a textural bib).

The greatest weakness of this book is the one page that explains how to knit the three basic brioche stitches (slip one, yarnover; brioche knit; brioche purl) that are used in the brioche knitting method used in the book (see the page titled "The Structure of Brioche"). A knitter must read the written explanations carefully, and also study the accompanying line drawings closely, in order to fully understand this brioche method. But as long as a knitter has the skills to reproduce the drawings on her/his own needles, then she/he should be able to knit everything in the book. Brioche knitting isn't particularly difficult, but it's probably best attempted by those with at least intermediate knitting skills.

As a knitter's bookshelf reference, there are step-by-step instructions, with accompanying line drawings and blown-up photos of finished swatches, for each of the following:

---Basic brioche cast-ons and bind-offs (long-tail; Italian tubular; alternate cable; two standard bind-offs; tubular; k2tog bind-off)

---Brioche increases and decreases for shaping (two basic increases; five basic decreases; two advanced decreases)

---Brioche charting for one-color and two-color brioche, in rounds and in rows

---Brioche cables (traditional twisted cables; flat-shaped cables)

---Two-color brioche cast-ons and bind-offs

---Two-color brioche stitch patterns (brioche rib, brioche stockinette)

---Other brioche methods (fisherman's rib; half fisherman's rib; garter brioche stitch; knit-one-below method for two-color brioche stripe)
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource and Beautiful Usable Designs 21 Oct. 2014
By K. Carlyle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
While I have been a fan of Mercedes' designs from her first submission to Interweave Knits years ago. I was hesitant to purchase this book for two reasons.

First because Brioche knitting requires a different set of technical skills than the standard for most knitting styles - I have had difficulty in the past with Brioche patterns that simply assumed the knitter could figure out all of the required increases and decreases without assistance. This book presents all of the technical requirements with both excellent illustrations and with clear written explanations. The patterns are laid out progressively from simple to most complex and the new information is presented with each stage as it is needed. This further clarifies the process because you can compare the simpler designs with the more complex ones to ground yourself in what you are being asked to do. All of the sample sweaters use fairly plain yarns and are clearly photographed from front and back with no arty depth of field or random props or backgrounds obscuring the details from sight. The result is a bit Retro in effect but makes the book infinitely more usable than any number of books currently on the market. Mercedes is working from the point of view that you purchased the book to knit the projects and gives you every support needed to do that successfully.

My second reservation was that I live in a warm climate and rarely wear sweaters. In this respect the book hits it with full value there are 2 short sleeve blouse/sweaters, a tank top and two cardigans. Basic adjustments to fiber choices and I'm good to go. In addition all of the "Men's" sweaters are designs likely to be worn by actual men, and there are enough excellent accessories to take care of all of my holiday knitting.

Kudos to the publisher for supporting a topic that is considered intermediate and congratulations to the designer for authoring such a useful and beautifully produced book. I purchased the Kindle version and am more than happy with it's layout and usability - I like this book enough that I will also purchase the hard copy for my permanent library.
19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Anticipation was great but Lukewarm response once received. 26 Sept. 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I just got this book after waiting over a month for it to be available. The sweater on the front attracted me and some of the items inside excited me but once I got the actual book I had a lukewarm response to almost everything in it. A lot of these sweaters are dolman sleeved, not my most favorite style and many of the patterns are beautiful on the front, for instance the cover sweater, but have a back that is lack luster and plain, as if working the front was so exhausting that we had to make the back plain, which frankly just looks strange on a dolman sleeved sweater in my opinion. I would have preferred the design to look as great on the back as the front and not stop at the sleeve seams.. There will be others who love it and for how the book is put together and the photos, it got stars. For inspiring me to break out needles and yarn, I'm disappointed. I did like the Norwegian style hat and mittens but don't wear hats nor mittens in the south, the Beret was pretty, but again I don't wear hats, the Men's Cabled Crewneck was beautiful and the Cabled Funnelneck sweater was a nice version of it for women but these 2 sweaters are not enough for me to keep the book and justify the cost. It would end up just gathering dust on the book shelf. No book deserves to just sit on a shelf and not be used. Got it yesterday and returning it today.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars colourful and creative possibilities from a basic knitting technique 7 Oct. 2014
By penny - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Brioche, it's not just for bread. In knitting, the brioche stitch is a unique stitch that combines two common techniques, double knitting with a k1p1 rib to create a unique fabric that's thick and textural. Brioche fabric is often reversible and colour work is simpler than in many traditional forms as each colour is worked one at a time.

Brioche Chic lives up to its title providing 22 knitting patterns many of which are suitable or designed specifically for men. In addition, it contains several knitting classes-worth of material covering the basics of brioche knitting and beyond. The educational sections contain clearly photographed knit swatches, line drawings to illustrate techniques, descriptions, and useful tips.

If you are new to brioche knitting, the first section covers the basics, starting with a single colour brioche rib, either worked flat or in the round. After that foundation skill is learned, additional techniques such as shaping and how to decode the brioche stitch language in both abbreviation (such as brykyobrkyobrk) and chart form are covered. The tips are helpful, such as how and why to use locking stitch markers (or coil-less safety pins) to mark individual stitches. The first two patterns reiterate the basic stitch both knitted flat and in the round. From there the possibilities expand, a shawl shows how increasing can be used to simply and beautifully create a complex looking accessory, and how these basic stitches can be paired with classic garment shapes to create something special.

After covering the basics, Tarasovich-Clark shows how basic brioche stitches can be transformed further with twisted stitches (cables) and the introduction of a second colour, many of these stitches are reversible, but not all. I wish the wrong side of the fabric for selected flat-shaped cables was shown to illustrate how it differs. It was fascinating to learn how different weight yarns can be paired to change the effect of the vertical stripes in an otherwise ordinary two-colour brioche rib. The patterns for these two sections also build on the skills explained at the start of each chapter, the garments are based on classic shapes and should appeal to a variety of knitters. The book ends with Special (helpful) Topics, including how to weave in ends, seam, block, how to thread a life line, and correct mistakes.

With Brioche Chic Tarasovich-Clark shows how a basic technique can expand into colourful and creative possibilities.

You can find more brioche resources at the author's website.

Note: I was sent a copy of this book to review by the publisher.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for learning brioche 21 Oct. 2014
By Heather Zoppetti - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I love brioche knitting and have recently started teaching this topic at events and yarn shops. This interesting stitch is supremely squishy and luxurious, plus it makes playing with color even more fun!

I LOVE this book. First, it breaks brioche down into very simple steps – much like how I teach it. And second, it doesn’t bombard you with unneeded information. Those who have taken my class can attest for my dislike of frivolous-information-bombardment.

Mercedes’ writing is clear, concise, and easy to understand and her patterns are beautiful and modern.

My favorite project from the book is the Deep-V Pullover. I love the innovative construction and the flattering look of the finished piece. Along with more beautiful women’s sweater patterns, Brioche Chic also includes accessories and several hansom manly designs.
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