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Book: Brioche Chic: 22 Fresh Knits for Women & Men

Author: Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark

Publisher: Interweave/F+W; $26.99

So the word brioche brings two things to my mind: French pastry and knitting. I had heard of brioche knitting before but I had stored it in the file cabinet of my brain as likely just some fancy stitch pattern. Boy, was I wrong.Brioche Chic - jacket art

When my reviewer’s copy of Merecedes Tarasovich-Clark’s new book, Brioche Chic, arrived, I was blown away. Brioche Chic isn’t just a pattern book. It’s a book that takes you from A to Z in the fascinating technique of brioche knitting. Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark covers basic brioche stitches, preferred cast-on and bind-off methods, increases and decreases in brioche, reading brioche charts, 2 color brioche knitting, and brioche cables. This is a book that can really walk you through a new technique from absolute beginner to advanced-level work.

Brioche Chic - Norwegian-Style Hat close up

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Just like the instructions, the projects range from basic to more advanced. I think I’m going to get my feet wet with the Basic Brioche Cowl. (225 yds of worsted weight yarn? I’ve totally got that!)

Brioche Chic - Basic Brioche Cowl beauty shot

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Brioche Chic - Diamond-Pane Camisole beauty shot

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The garment projects pair brioche with regular knitting to create beautiful, modern pieces.

Brioche Chic - Openwork Triangle Shawl beauty shot

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While the texture of brioche knitted fabrics screams out to be fondled and squished, I’m equally mesmerized by the look of the Openwork Triangle Shawl.

Thanks to the fine folks at Interweave, you have a chance to win your own copy of Brioche Chic. Just comment on this post with what you love about brioche knitting (or brioche pastry!) before 11:59pm EDT, Monday, October 13th. With the help of, I’ll choose one commenter at random to win the book. This giveaway is open internationally.