The other day, my friend Kadie ordered Chinese and invited me and Robyn over for a little wine and catch-up. Robyn worked with us, but she moved to the city and found a downtown job last summer. It's always great to spend time with her for her jokes and great energy, but an extra bonus is her excellent taste in clothes. I was geeking out over the fantastic motif on her new sweater, and got a picture while she was catching us up.
All of us really loved the bright mustard color, but the stitch pattern was really the best part. At first, I thought it was just a simple knit purl knit with decreases to copy the idea of a cable without carrying the stitches. But on closer inspection, I think it's single color brioche based on the loft and side edging.
I haven't tried brioche myself, because I haven't come across a compelling pattern until now. I don't knit a lot with multiple colors or balls, and favor simplicity. However, this could be my year because I found a lovely free 2-color brioche cowl pattern here. This paid Hegg Braid Brioche Scarf pattern on Ravelry has a similar design to the photo, if you're clever enough to reverse the direction and add in the open work. (And if you are, please let me know how you did it!)
The sweater itself is $35 on the H&M site. It's mostly acrylic and 15% wool, which explains the stitch definition because any more wool might make it fuzzier and softer. I'm tempted to buy it myself, but I don't like turtlenecks. I think the shape works well as is, though, and I'm not sure the pattern would look as good with a lower neck line. However, I hope I can deconstruct just this repeating part one day to make a big cozy wrap.
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