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Aimee's Enviable Earth and Air

Woman wearing brioche sweater
Photo Credit: Aimee Sher

Aimee is one of our wonderful Fancy Tiger Crafts Ambassadors, and we love her timeless and flawless sense of style! To see more of her gorgeous knitwork, check out her Instagram!

I have long been enthralled and fascinated by how certain Instagram fashionistas and knitters can be so chic--seemingly effortlessly--from every angle. James Watts, for example, is such a person. All the photos of his Earth and Air sweater looked easy-breezy, and all the testers looked awesome. Plus, I had never knit two-color brioche before and wanted to learn.

Pattern: Earth and Air by James Watts 
Yarn: Oh Dang! by Farmer's Daughter Fibers in Paul Newman and Far by Woolfolk in Natural
Size: 3
Modifications: None

Brioche sweater arms up
Photo Credit: Aimee Sher

Earth and Air is a cropped sweater with adjustable half-length sleeves. It’s knit using a worsted-weight main color and a fluffy, lace-weight contrast color (such as mohair silk or what I used here: suri alpaca with a silk core). I was fascinated by the textures and colors and the ever-so-slightly see through quality of this pattern, and it was an instant love from the moment I saw tester photos.

Brioche sweater close up
Photo Credit: Aimee Sher

I chose the yarns I did from Fancy Tiger Crafts because I wanted the sweater to be next-to-skin soft to maximize those columns of translucence, and I wanted the colors to be quite bold and contrasted. I’m so happy with how mine turned out.

Woman in brioche sweater
Photo Credit: Aimee Sher

The pattern is a breeze to knit up, and a great first brioche pattern if you’ve never done it before, like me. James gives very clear instructions, and it knit up in no time since it’s knit at a wide-open gauge with US10.5 (6.5mm) needles. The brioche is worked in the round as well as flat, so it’s a great chance to learn how to do it every which way--and you can pretty much make it with whatever style you’d like by using interesting color contrast choices as well as yarn weight contrast!

Woman in brioche sweater
Photo Credit: Aimee Sher

I feel so breezy, chic, and fashion-forward in it, and the boxy shape and half sleeves are super easy to wear for the spring. I’m so glad I made this sweater and I hope you will give it a try!

Comments on this post (1)

  • Apr 28, 2021

    This sweater is so cute! I love the style and it looks great on Aimee!

    — Cheryl R

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