My first attempt to Brioche crochet 🍭…
Swirly Candy is the new pattern by BebaBlanket.
When I started this test last December I had no idea about Brioche crochet. Of course I had seen a lot of patterns using this technique but I had never made one.
I think that this is a very good qualification for testing a pattern as it really shows wether the instructions are written in an understandable way.
I have to admit, on my very first attempt I found it a bit tricky to get the correct start. More or less there are two colors worked in one magic ring, the second color in front of the first. That sounds complicated, but no need to be afraid, there are pictures to help … And in the first rounds I also wondered if my placement of stitches really is correct, but there are more pictures to help … After mastering the first seven rounds it‘s only fun to continue! It is only a two round repeat that is easy to memorize. So it really isn‘t difficult and there’s a great result!
To get used to this technique I tried some different color combinations with Sage andMocha, Cream and Pistachio, Clematis and Mocha.
For all my samples I used Stylecraft Special DK and a 4,5 mm hook. As recommended in the pattern I would advise to go up a hook size or two. The pattern consist of mostly front post double crochet and therefore it contracts a little and tends to bulge outwards.
According to the instructions you can either work smaller hexagons and join them to a blanket (or something else) or you can continue with one hexagon as big as you like. At first I thought of making the smaller hexagons with one main color and different contrasting colors. But – as parallel to this test I was still working on my Mix And Match Blanket – I didn‘t want to start another one.
So I decided to make something smaller with the combinations I liked most: Cream and Sage, and the combination of Clematis and Mocha.
My Swirly Candy in Cream and Sage
I turned my Swirly Candy in Cream and Sage into a table set as a decoration for my coffee table. But I rejected my fist thought of making some suitable coasters. (I think I would go crazy if someone really put a cup of coffee or a juice glas on it, hehe.) &
As written above it tended to bulge a bit, but blocking and doing a border helped. Nevertheless I will try a 5,00mm hook for my next one.
You can find some more details about my table set on my Ravelry Page.
My Swirly Candy in Clematis and Mocha
My Clematis-Mocha combination will become a cushion cover, one side Clematis / Mocha, the other side Mocha / Clematis. I am just trying different methods for joining to see which one I like best. Of course I will update this post when I am finished.
The pattern for Swirly Candy is available in Ravelry, here.
YAY, my cushion is finished! I first tried different joining methods like
- single crochet with a color change in every stitch – looks to busy
- single crochet with one strand of yarn – looks very thin and seems to vanish
- Whip stitch with two strands of yarn – looks messy when I do it
Finally I joined the two plates of my cushion with simple single crochet stitches, using two strands of yarn in the color Clematis. And I really like the result!
I filled it with a kind of fiber fill from an old pillow that I no longer use due to its shape.
I cannot say which side I like best …