Brioche Gaiter

Last night I finished the Brioche Gaiter. Doesn’t it look lovely with my red coat? Now I guess I’ll need to make gloves or mittens, and maybe a hat, in some sort of tweedy charcoal to match.

Brioche Gaiter

Pattern: Brioche Gaiter in Camel Hair, from Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts 2006 (originally published in Interweave Knits Fall 2003)

Yarn: Classic Elite Blithe (100% baby camel), 1 skein, color 60690.

Needles: US 6. Started on 2 circular needles, but finished on DPNs because I just. couldn’t. stand. those. stupid. circs. flopping. around. It didn’t help that I had one circular needle with purple needles and a white cable, and one with silver needles with a purple cable. My brain couldn’t grasp the concept, and I kept grabbing the wrong needle to use. The pattern called for size US7, but I didn’t want it quite as large.

Finished Size: About 6.25″ high, and 16.5″ in circumference. If knitted to the pattern gauge, it’s supposed to be  6.75″ by 19.5″. But since the coat I’ll be wearing it with has a rather fitted neck, I wanted less bulk, and it doesn’t need the extra height.

Notes: This was a very easy pattern, except for when I dropped some stitches (not a good thing with Brioche stitch), and except for when I got offtrack with the pattern somewhere and had to tink back several rows to fix it. The yarn is very soft, but fragile, and it tears easily. Fortunately I had only one break, which happened when I was winding the yarn.

Many thanks to Margene, who destashed the yarn, and to Susan, who suggested I make this pattern!

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7 Responses to Brioche

  1. margene says:

    Nice! You’ll need it today!

  2. Lani says:

    Ooh thats so beautiful! Love your coat too! 🙂

  3. Carrie K says:

    Lovely and practical.

  4. Lark says:

    The tones are resonant. Great project!

  5. carla says:

    That is really pretty with the coat! The matching gloves sound cute – I am really liking coordinated accessories lately. There is something considered about them that translates to “making an effort” in a sartorial sense. Like the shoes and gloves here:

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