This Sunday is your last chance to see the beautiful Berroco Brielle Trunk Show, and I really hope you do. Things always look so different knit up, even in a swatch, and when you have garments, that's a real bonus.
Brielle is a sophisticated fiber - a cotton base with a subtle rayon shimmer and a soft alpaca halo.
And this season, Amy Christoffers has delivered a collection of garments that showcases Brielle's very best asset -- texture
While not a boucle, Brielle brings to mind Chanel fabrics with their mix of fibers - from cotton and mohair to cashmere and metallic -- woven to create an effect that is both complex and subtle. When you have a fabric that lovely, let it take center stage, as Amy Christoffers has done in my favorite designs from the Brielle collection. First is this little jacket, Marne, a natural match for Brielle.
Worked in a very lady-like linen stitch with clean lines and little fuss, Marne is an obvious nod to Coco Chanel. Two neutral shades of Brielle enhance Brielle's natural textural gifts, and the black trim gives Marne a crisp finish. Pockets added after the fact, are also trimmed in black to complete this classic look.
Beautiful and understated, Marne is a timeless piece for ladies who work as well as ladies who lunch. Takes 4 or 5 skeins each of the cream and tan and 1 skein black. See the pattern on Ravelry here
If you prefer a more casual approach to dressing, there is Arroux an updated ruana.
Arroux is knit in a subtle stitch pattern that again showcases Brielle's texture. The two fronts are worked bottom up and then joined to knit the back from shoulder to hem. Short side seams create the sleeve and give Arroux structure while maintaining a comfortable fit. Easy-fitting but not sloppy, it's a great garment for wearing in the car because it's light and doesn't get in the way. A simple but interesting stitch pattern makes it a fun knit, and beautiful Brielle gives it that little something extra that makes you feel pulled together and special even in jeans and a tee. We have the medium in the shop, which takes 9 skeins. See the pattern on Ravelry here
For you accessory knitters, there's Gardon, a gorgeous cabled shawl worked in Brielle.
Both sophisticated and cozy, Gardon is a lovely fall accessory that's large enough to wear in a number of chic styles and almost be a garment. Takes 6 hanks. See the pattern here on Ravelry
Brielle comes in eight gorgeous colors - see them all here