Double First

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Earlier this week, I finished this amazing Askews Me Dickey cowl from Stephen West for my good friend Alex, and I couldn’t be more pleased at how it turned out! This project is a double first for me, it’s the first time I knit anything from (the VERY popular) Stephen West, and it’s also is my very first brioche stitch project.

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Although it felt a little strange at first since I’ve never knitted brioche stitch and also because I don’t knit very often with more that one color at once, I must admit that I loved every single stitch of this amazing cowl; the pattern was easy enough to follow for a first-time brioche knitter, the yarn and pattern combo was perfect and the construction of the cowl itself was very interesting. As a bonus, the pattern also features my all time favorite I-cord  bind-off. Sweetness! All in all, I had a lot of fun making this project, and I can foresee many a brioche stitch in my future. I actually loved this cowl so much that I think I’ll make one for myself one in a different color some time this year, I’m very much looking forward to it!

Yarn A: 1 skein of worsted weight merino yarn, hand dyed by the lovely Yana from Artfil
Yarn B: 1 skein of Berroco Vintage yarn in black

Needle: 4.5mm caspian circular needle


5 thoughts on “Double First

    beccajost said:
    March 16, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    Stunning! The brioche looks really nice. I don’t think I’ve ever knit anything by Stephan West. Do you think you’ll knit another of his patterns?

      Crafty Effie responded:
      March 17, 2016 at 1:46 am

      I think I might. Stephen West has a very eclectic style, and although I generally tend to go for more classic pieces, there’s a few of his patterns that I would like to try (Windschief hat, Enchanted Mesa sweater & Exploration Station shawl, to name a few). If you ever feel like trying it out, we could start ourselves a little Stephen West KAL 🙂

        beccajost said:
        March 17, 2016 at 1:54 am

        That sounds like fun! I feel the same way about the patterns I choose – I like the classics and Stephen West loves his colors! But I’m sure his patterns look great in colors I like too. I’m going to have to look through all his patterns!

        Crafty Effie responded:
        March 17, 2016 at 2:36 am

        Yep, I feel you. I think the reason why it took me so long to try one of his patterns is because I generally shy away from the crazy colors he uses, but when I look at other people’s projects, I feel so inspired! I guess it’s all about making it your own.

        Talya said:
        March 17, 2016 at 1:21 pm

        Oh yeah- I have to remember, especially when looking at Stephen’s designs, that you have to ignore the colors, and look at the design. If the design is fun (and Stephen has some FUN designs), pick the pattern you like and knit away!

        I plan to start one of his designs this year. I just can’t do any of the Mkals. I have to be able to see the finished product, before I can accurately mute the colorways from EYE-SEARING, down to just colorful. 🙂

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