Champagne Bubbles is another pattern from Nancy Marchant, this time published in Vogue Knitting, Holiday 2014 (available as a digital purchase).
I’ve looked at brioche patterns by other designers, but Nancy Marchant’s pattern format is the easiest to read. I’ve noted in earlier posts that it seems to take me a while to get the hang of a particular brioche pattern – though it shouldn’t, since for every four knitted rows, there is only one “pattern” row – the rest all are knitted (or purled) in a standard manner. Other patterns I’ve read have detailed every row as a “row,” rather than 2-sets-of-2 or a set of 4, which (IMHO) makes them far more difficult to read.
In the case of Nancy Marchant’s patterns (at least as far as I’ve knit them), once I get the hang of the major pattern, I can easily memorize the format and knit more quickly and confidently.
That is, “once I get the hang of it.” As usual, it took me no fewer than 6 attempts to “get the hang” of this pattern.
This is my first attempt (and a rare version of Nancy’s patterns) to incorporate lace. It took a while to be able to “read” the double-yarn-overs on the 2-of-4 row and knit (or purl, or slip) properly.
Even though Nancy Marchant’s brioche patterns take time to read, understand, and properly execute, they make beautiful projects, and the unique light and fluffy fabric is wonderfully inviting to the touch.
Yarn: I’m still enjoying my “Shawl in a Ball” binge, this time with color Peaceful Earth. I’m augmenting the pattern with a second color from Knit Picks Palette in color Camel Heather.
One twist: I purchased the downloaded pattern via the Vogue Knitting App, and haven’t been inclined to try to figure out how to print out the pattern onto paper, so I’m only using a digital version. Since the pattern (now that I’ve started over several times) is fairly easy, I’m OK with not having a paper pattern.
Now, if I could just find time to do more than one round of four at a time!