Actually this is not my first attempt. Earlier this year two Labyrinth patterns were released – for a mandala which later was grown into a rug. I used overlay crochet for that, and crocheted fabric turned out very sturdy and stiff. Just great for pillows and rugs, but maybe not very suitable for blankets, and no good at all for wearable accessories.
So this time I decided to go further and develop a slightly different technique which allows crochet light, airy and well draping pieces. And more than that – I wanted to figure out how to make brioche crochet in rows (and not in rounds as you can usually see). And Ta-dah!!! Here is my newest Brioche Waves crochet pattern.
You can find the pattern both on Ravelry HERE and Etsy HERE. Hurry up as it is discounted only this weekend (through Monday, August 28)!! And you will save 25% (no coupon code needed).
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What is so special about this pattern? First of all I like the feel very much. When I show my new blanket to friends, they like it. But when they touch it – they love it. I wish I were a skilled writer to describe the feeling with words… Maybe pictures will help? The fabric is made up with two layers which are interlocked. The wrong side of the blanket reminds me of fish gills. It is very soft and touchable. And secondly, you can use this pattern for almost ev-ry-thing! Blankets, cowls, pillows, trivets, potholders, rugs, bags… you name it. You will easily adjust it for any width and length.
Brioche Waves pattern contains two versions: “airy” – which I used for a blanket, and “overlay” – with no chains and holes. Great for home accessories. You can see the difference of the wrong sides below.
The pattern also includes complete instructions to finish the blanket and the cowl shown in this post.
Because in fact you crochet the entire piece with only front post stitches, it is better to choose very soft and light yarn for this project. Heavier yarns will work well for smaller project (like my Brioche Cowl for example made with Merino Soft* yarn by Scheepjes – reviewed HERE). But for the blanket I would recommend yarn with very good yardage.
I wanted to play with colors and for my blanket I chose Colour Crafter* (reviewed HERE) and Colour Crafter Velvet* yarn by Scheepjes. They both are premium acrylic and come in the same yardage and in nicely matching colors. The only difference is that dying process for Velvet yarn is a bit different, and it makes Velvet a bit stiffer than regular Colour Crafter. Ideally you will need equal amount of two shades for Brioche Waves pattern. But because of this difference you will need a little bit more of Velvet.
Let me show you examples of what Brioche Waves pattern can be used for.
1. The stitch pattern was specially designed for a blanket, so you can of course make a blanket with it. I should warn you that because you make lots of front post stitches this project is not quick. Even for me it was a bit slow but the final result is worth it! The huge advantage is that you are using both yarns at once. No need to break the yarn and weave in tails. So your time is saved already!
2. You can use Brioche Waves pattern for smaller projects, like cowls and scarves. I made one for myself.
3. As already mentioned, the pattern contains “overlay version” which creates a sturdy and stiff fabric. Good for different kinds of trivets and potholders.
I made a small sample in overlay crochet (with Stone Washed* yarn - reviewed HERE) and then played with it on computer to see how it may look as a rug. Pretty nice, isn’t it?
4. Overlay version is also perfect for bags. Hilde Tindlund was helping me to test the pattern. And look what a wonderful Zebra Clutch she made! You will find all details (and more pictures) on Hilda's project page HERE on Ravelry.
About Brioche Waves crochet pattern in brief:
- Difficulty Level: Intermediate (front post stitches)
- The size (width and length) can be easily adjusted to your taste and needs
- The pattern contains two versions: “airy” – good for blankets, scarves and cowl; and “overlay” – perfect for pillows, rugs, bags, trivets and potholders.
- The pattern also includes complete instructions to finish the blanket and the cowl shown in this post.
- Brioche Waves crochet pattern is on SALE right now with 25% off. The offer only valid this weekend (through Monday, August 28) and then it will be listed at a regular price. You can find Brioche Waves pattern on Ravelry HERE and Etsy HERE.
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