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Beginning Brioche Knitting

Class Description: 

In this class, designed for knitters with no experience with brioche knitting, we will first go over what brioche knitting is and its two stitches:  brioche knit and brioche purl.  Students will then practice the two stitches using a single color on separate needles before beginning the cowl, which is a pattern Sonya has designed for Yarn Durango and specifically for beginning brioche knitters.  She will demonstrate the stitches in both English and Continental style, and then we'll cast on for the two-color cowl, learning a modification that will help reduce the usual "jog" seen in items knit in the round.  Towards the end of the class, she'll go over identifying and fixing common mistakes in brioche knitting.


Intermediate to advanced beginner.  Must have experience knitting hats or other items in the round and comfortable with knitting ribbing.  We will be using the long-tail cast on for this class, which will not be taught; please review and practice this cast-on before class if necessary.  Experience with slip stitch patterns helpful but not required.


$40 (includes class registration/pattern fee [$5], and instructor fee [$35], which is paid directly to instructor (cash or check only) at the time of the class.  Three-student minimum


  • Yarn:  two skeins/balls, 100 g, of bulky or chunky weight yarn (90-128 yards) in coordinating colors of your choice.  Yarns shown for cowl pattern are Berocco Milifiori BIG (dark variegated yarn) and Cascade 128 SW (camel).  If purchasing yarn, please do so before class starts.
  • Needles:  16" Circular needles, in US 10.5 (bring these to class) and US 10 (needed to complete cowl)
  • Notions:  stitch marker
HOMEWORK:  Please bring to class on separate needles (live):  25 stitches worked in 2 rows of garter stitch - any leftover worsted weight you have on hand that is solid-colored and middle value (no black or very dark colors); either US7 or US8 needles will work.  We will be practicing the stitches on these needles before casting on to the larger set for the cowl.  

To sign up for this class, please register through the website, or call the shop to be added to the list - registration fee goes to the shop, and the class fee is paid directly to the instructor via check or cash at the time of the class.  If you are unable to attend, please call the shop no later than 48 hours prior; otherwise, registration fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. This class has a 3-student minimum; if minimum is not met 48 hours prior to class, registration fee will be refunded, and student has the option to register for class at a later date, or contact the instructor for a 1-hour private lesson ($30/hr) by appointment.

 Instructor reserves the right to refuse future class registration to those who no-show for a class.

Skill Level:
Skill Details:
Advanced Beginner to Intermediate
Materials Included:
Yes - pattern only
See Class Description
Instructor Name:
Sonya Johnson
Instructor Bio:
Sonya Johnson

Beginning Brioche Knitting

$ 5.00
$40 for class - $5 is for registration and pattern fee only; balance of $35 paid directly to instructor on day of class