December 2022 Meeting


Saturday, December 3, 1–4 PM

New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 West 64th Street (at Central Park West), New York, NY

GUEST SPEAKERS: Nancy Marchant, designer, teacher, and brioche knitting expert

It can be said that Nancy Marchant is to brioche knitting what Beyonce is to pop music. Through Nancy’s many, many patterns—some 170 on Ravelry!—and influential books, she has been an innovator, game changer, and trendsetter in the world of handknits.
Nancy grew up in rural Indiana, learned to knit from her mom, a quilter, and graduated from Berkeley with a degree in textile art. A “quick” jaunt to Amsterdam (the Netherlands) turned into a 40-year commitment and, ultimately, a full-time career in graphic design and knitting. Nancy’s patterns have appeared in every major knitting publication, and her books are must-have guides to knitting brioche and tuck stitches.


Nancy will describe the vast possibilities she saw in brioche stitches, first published in the 1840s (!), that no other contemporary knitting designers seemed to be employing. She will also tell us how the tuck stitch came about. She’ll show many samples and styles of brioche and tuck knitting. And finally, she will demonstrate the stitches she’s so famous for as we follow along. Have two colors of DK-weight yarn and needles US size 4/3.5mm handy. See the attached handout on tuck stitches.

Show and Tell
Holding a meeting via Zoom means that Show and Tell will be conducted by way of Zoom, too! Please complete the on-line Show and Tell form by December 1, 2022. The first 15 members to submit the form (as determined by email timestamps) will show their projects at the meeting. Look for photos of these beautiful creations on the BAKG website and Instagram and Facebook pages.

Breakout Rooms
Following the program, there will be several breakout rooms, in addition to the General Knitting space.
Charity Breakout Room: Join Charity Chair Barbara Beckley and others interested in knitting items to donate. Knitters working on any charity project are welcome.

Virtual Knitting Help Session: BAKG member Susan Leibowitz will host a separate 45-minute Zoom session to help beginners get started or assist knitters who have encountered an issue with their projects. To reserve a spot, email by December 1, 2022, with the following: the issue; clear close-up photos of the work (include right and wrong sides) and the pattern; and the designer’s name. Session limited to the first five registrants. Susan will send confirmation and provide a link to the session. NOTE: If you resolve your issue prior to the Help Session, please cancel your reservation to allow another member to participate.

Programs Room: Carren Shulman wants to hear from members interested in helping with programs at BAKG General Meetings. These are your meetings. Your involvement and feedback will help us provide members with the best experience.

NOTE: BAKG general meetings, workshops, or other BAKG-sponsored events, whether in person or virtual, may be photographed and/or recorded by audio and/or video. By your in-person or virtual participation at these meetings, you consent to the photography and/or recording and to the use of your image and/or recording in print and social media.