Workshop details: May 9 Brioche Knitting

Saturday May 9, 2020

10:00am – 4:00pm

In the Dining Room and surrounds at Tarndie

Instructed by Sue Grandfield

Topic: Brioche Knitting

Brioche knitting creates lofty, stretchy, reversible fabric, which is perfect for cosy winter garments and accessories. It can sometimes look tricky to work, but brioche is really just a special type of slip stitch knitting. 

In this workshop you will create swatches using all the basic techniques you need to work two colour and single colour brioche, worked flat and in the round. However, we’ll be working with two colours as it makes it easier to read your knitting..

Level of expertise needed

Advanced Beginner. You should be able to cast on and cast off, knit and purl. Ability to knit in the round will be helpful, but is not essential as most of the exercises will be worked flat.

What you will learn

  • Brioche terminology
  • Basic brioche stitches
  • Reading brioche charts
  • One and two colour cast ons and cast offs
  • Working one & two colour brioche knit flat and in the round
  • Increases and decreases
  • Measuring gauge in brioche
  • Changing between brioche and non-brioche patterns
  • Reading your knitting
  • Fixing mistakes – and avoiding them!

Take away

  • Swatches of your work in Tarndie yarn
  • Workshop notes that include step-by-step photo tutorials of techniques worked in class
  • Free copy of the Carmichael cowl pattern so you can practice what you have learnt

About Sue

Sue Grandfield (RiotousAssembly on Ravelry) first learnt to knit at the age of four when her grandmother taught her to knit lace – well, it was full of holes anyway! It was supposed to keep Sue out of trouble. It didn’t, but she’s still knitting.

Sue has been designing knitting patterns and teaching around Australia and overseas for more than 20 years. Her designs feature beautiful yarns in fabulous colours and are often inspired by her passion for photographing curious details from the world around her. She loves to research, explore and reinterpret traditional knitting techniques, especially different styles of  colour work, textured knitting, lace and the many ways of knitting socks. Her style features simplicity with a twist, attention to detail – sometimes elegant, sometimes riotous, but always fun to knit!


  • Polwarth yarn (valued at $25.00)
  • Tuition
  • Free pattern
  • Delicious morning tea
  • Tour of historic “Tarndwarncoort” – working wool farm .

Please bring your own

  • 4.00mm circular needles (60cm or more) or 4.00mmDouble pointed needles (20cm or more)
  • You can’t use single point needles for two colour brioche
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
  • Scissors, Cable needle, Tape measure or ruler for measuring gauge
  • Split ring markers if you have them(don’t worry if you don’t, I have many spares )
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Lunch to eat in the sunny courtyard or before the fire in the Homestead Dining Room


$135 – to book, please visit the Tarndie Online Woolshop here.

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