Drea Renee Knits

Vintage Prim

brioche, KNIT in COLOR, new patternAndrea Mowry1 Comment
Brooklyn Tweed version of the Vintage Prim - oh so squishy and wooly!

Brooklyn Tweed version of the Vintage Prim - oh so squishy and wooly!

I am releasing a new pattern today that is very near and dear to my heart.  Last December I published my first ever little collection of knitting patterns - The Staghorn Collective. The gem of the bunch was my Prim hat. That sweet little hat opened a new world of possibilities for me, thanks in large part to an amazing yarn shop owner and her daughter. Shelli and Ashleigh from Knitterly in Petaluma, CA.  An incredibly encouraging email lead to another collection of designs, an interview on Woolful and a trip to California to teach a knitting workshop. (Can you say "dreams coming true!!")

I owe a lot to that little hat and all of the wonderful people I have met because of it! Fast forward to a couple of months ago when the extremely talented Heather Bostic of House of Ala Mode dyed me up a custom colorway and named it Vintage Peony. This woman is magic with yarn and I knew I wanted to use it for something truly special. This yarn is all of my favorite colors rolled up into one stunning skein!

Woah Mama! - detail of Vintage Prim knit in Vintage Peony and Sea Foam by House of Ala Mode!

Woah Mama! - detail of Vintage Prim knit in Vintage Peony and Sea Foam by House of Ala Mode!

I was flipping thru one of my all time favorite knitting books - Knitting Fresh Brioche by Nancy Marchant (this woman is a genius!) - and stumbled upon her stitch pattern for what looks like the classic cabled Staghorn! Serendipity stepped in, shoved my face a little closer, hit me over the head with a skein of Vintage Peony and said "Helllooooooo!!!" And that was that. I was determined to knit up a sister hat to the original Prim - a wiser, more intricate, possibly a little hipper, big sister.

This hat plays well with both fancy hand painted, speckled yarns, and more classic woolen spun natural yarns. Vintage Prim uses less than 250 yards of fingering weight yarn, and despite it's complicated appearance, even my newbie brioche tester said it would be just fine for brioche beginners!

So let's celebrate!! Vintage Prim, along with my 3 other brioche patterns, Briochealicious Shawl, Marley and the Briochealicious Hat, are 15% off with the coupon code laborday2015, now thru September 7 at midnight EST!! Snag up one, or all four, and head over to my Ravelry group to knit with us in the KNIT in COLOR KAL!!!

xoxoxo - Andrea