The pattern for A Brioche (My Knitting Book, Miss Lambert, 1843 pp 22-23) calls for three thread fleecy or double German wool and No. 8 needles. In modern day knitting language, this is the equivalent to worsted weight yarn and 4.5mm needles. Miss Lambert describes the structure of the cushion as follows:
“A Brioche is formed of sixteen straight narrow stripes, and sixteen wide stripes, the latter gradually decreasing in width towards the top or centre of the cushion.” (My Knitting Book, p.22)
She recommends using gold, black for the straight stripes and other coordinating colours for the triangular sections. I searched through my stash and found various colours of leftover bits and pieces of worsted weight wool to use for this project.
The pattern uses the term ‘turn’ to describe knitting one row and back again. The first line of the pattern describes how to do the Brioche knitting stitch. Then, Miss Lambert asks the knitter to knit several turns to form the straight stripes. Immediately, I was confused, did Miss Lambert want her reader to use the Brioche stitch or plain knitting? At first I tried using plain knitting for the straight stripes which resulted in a weird look next to the Brioche stitch used in the triangular stripes. My experience so far with this book is that Miss Lambert’s projects are simple (and generally not weird looking!) so I decided to frog and try again, assuming that when she says to knit, she means to knit using the Brioche knit stitch with much more success.
I am one segment into the project and I am greatly enjoying the squishy feel of the Brioche fabric and the use of short rows with Brioche stitch!