I remember fondly knitting jumpers in "Fisherman's Rib" and have been looking around to find updated patterns and ideas on how to use this lovely stitch. This is how I came across "Brioche Chic. Fresh Knits for Women and Men" by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark.
Book Review: Brioche Chic. Fresh Knits for Women and Men.
So, what is Brioche? Let me quote from the introduction in "Brioche Chic":
"Brioche knitting creates an unusual stitch structure, quite unlike any you may run across in an average knitted fabric. Brioche is a sort of hybrid of k1, p1 ribbing and double knitting [...]. Unlike double knitting's technique of simply slipping the unworked stitches on each pass, brioche relies on an unusual stitch called the sl1yo, or slip one, yarn over. The stitch combined with the subsequent brioche knit and brioche purl create what appears to be a single fabric layer, but it could almost be considered two enmeshed layers of knitted fabric. [...]"
The result is a stunning combination of texture and colour that is worth the extra effort involved in using the stitch.
If you are familiar with basic knitting techniques but have never used Brioche stitch before, then this is a great book to have.
The book contains clear and detailed instructions on the basic techniques for Brioche stitch, followed by advice on optimal gauge/tension, needle sizes and the best yarns to use with this stitch plus details on the preferred cast-on and bind-off methods for Brioche stitch.
Once you have understood the basic stitches, it is time to learn how to knit in Brioche. There are several short sections on one colour brioche rib in flat fabric and worked in rounds and on increases and decreases with slants to left and right. There is also a section explaining in detail how to read Brioche charting - an important skill to have if you want to follow Brioche patterns!
The main part of the book contains 22 gorgeous Brioche patterns for jumpers, scarves, hats, gloves and shawls.
I have to say that the patterns in this book go far beyond the basic Fisherman's Rib jumpers we used to make years ago. A very refreshing take on a great technique that absolutely deserves a come-back. Recommended reading!