Tips for Changing The Colors in Your Crochet Project

Sometimes you see a crochet pattern that you really like but the color scheme suggested by the designer isn’t quite right for you. Or perhaps you want to make the same pattern using more or fewer colors than those in the original design. How do you know ahead of time what the likely effect will be when changing a pattern’s colors? This guide can help. Continue reading “Tips for Changing The Colors in Your Crochet Project”

Two Techniques, One Great Brioche Fabric

Brioche ribbing fabric has a beautiful drape and can create stunning color effects when utilizing two colors.

The history of the brioche knit stitch is a little obscure, but a description of it appears as early as the mid-19th century in The Handbook of Needlework written by Francis Lambert in 1846.  In this edition of her work, Miss Lambert details the technique of working brioche knitting and says that it is good to use for “sleeves, comforters, petticoats, night socks, linings for foot baskets, quilts, cradle covers and various other purposes.”

Miss Lambert then details how to knit “A Brioche” which is a puffed, stuffed tufted pillow of about 8 inches across and a few inches high and resembles “the well known french cake of that kind.”

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