Saturday, June 22, 2013

Brioche Stitch

Sample knit with Mulberry and Merino on US #6 needles

Some notes on Brioche Knitting:

  • 100% wool or wool blend yarn (not superwash) is the best choice, or mohair, or any yarn that has a 'sticky' quality.
  • This stitch creates a very stretchy, airy fabric so you can use a smaller needle than called for on the ball band.
  • Be sure the cast on and bind off are loose so the edges will stretch with the fabric.  Try casting on and binding off with a larger needle than the one used for the main part of the fabric. 
  • The yo-sl 1 are worked in one movement; you carry the yarn over the needle as you are slipping the stitch.  The yo/slipped stitch are counted as one stitch, not a separate yarn over and a slipped stitch.  
  • When working the slipped stitch and yo together, you are making the brioche knit stitch.


Cast on an even number of stitches

Set up row: *yo-sl 1, k1*

Pattern Row: *yo-sl 1, K2tog*

Repeat from Pattern Row

Below is the video.  I of course show Continental, and also stumble through English style.   If you like Brioche, you may want to check out Nancy Marchant's book, Knitting Brioche.  She also has a class over on Craftsy, Explorations in Brioche Knitting.





4 comments:

Laura Morelos said...

Hello today I found you and I like very much your explanation of the brioche , Please you might teach me the brioche of two colors

Busybee3 said...

I recently found a pattern for a brioche scarf that I love but I was very confused about the technique. Your tutorial answered all of my questions. I can't wait to start! Also, I have never used the continental knitting method, and it looks so easy that I am going to try it. Thank you for this excellent tutorial!

rosmu52 said...

Fantastic teacher...thank you very much. I have learnt a lot from your videos. By the way hello from Milan Itay.

Deborah Reardon said...

Just to let you know that you are definitely my go-to teacher. Your videos are perfect in every way - speed, sound, camera angle, all of it. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge!