I was curious about that ultra smooshy, contrasty stitch—the Brioche stitch. It looked intriguing, quite challenging. When my local yarn shop requested knitting class interest, I piped up asking about the Brioche stitch.The class ended up not being long enough for me to really get a handle on Brioche, so I set it aside to work on later.
I frogged back. Fixed the mistake. Started knitting again.
Found another mistake. Frogged. Knitted.
This happened about 300 million times.
I believe I UN-Brioched this cowl more than I Brioched it. A common issue was forgetting to yarn over at the appropriate time, then knitting 10 rows and discovering it after hours had been invested.
Luckily, I found this awesome video on fixing mistakes in Brioche by KnitFreedom that helped me with fixing MOST of my issues. I love Liat Gat’s videos. Very clear and presented like she’s your friend, sitting next to you, explaining how to fix it. Awesome. This saved me LOTS of time not having to frog a zillion stitches.
Needless to say, I was quite relieved to finish this knit.
Beautiful together. But honestly, the inventor of the Brioche stitch was either a genius or a sadist . . . or both. The two row pattern is so deceivingly simple that it’s easy to space off and screw up but ONLY to be noticed after knitting 200 gajillion rows after the fact!
Well, here it is. It’s not perfect, but I do like it.
Thanks to my buddy, Ann, for helping me confirm the color choices. And thanks to Jami at the Yarn Shop and More for getting me started. I will leave the Brioche stitch (and Entrelac, for that matter) to those who are much more skilled (patient, masochistic) than I.
Tips if you dare to try Brioche knitting:
It takes about several rows of knitting before anything remotely Brioche-looking appears. I’m talking about 8-10 rows before it looks like it’s supposed to. So if it looks all wonky, it doesn’t NECESSARILY mean you’re doing it wrong. It’s just . . . Brioche.
One Brioche row is comprised of two knitted rows. That’s what makes it so smooshy and doubled up. That also makes you have to watch BOTH SIDES of your knitting. This is not your typical TV knitting project even though the rows are easy to memorize and a knitter can really get moving after a while. Just make sure you take a look at both sides to reduce the amount of time you need to tink back a bajillion stitches. Because. You. WILL.
Also, I recommend getting a start by watching KnitFreedom’s Brioche videos.
These wise words sum it all up:
I’d rather EAT Brioche than KNIT it! ~Casapinka
BUT don’t let me dissuade you from trying Brioche. It really is worth it if you stick to it and concentrate when you’re learning. What you’ll get is something quite spectacular if you stick to it. 🙂
For my next project, I feel . . . the need . . . for speed. I’ll be weaving on my rigid heddle loom. Stay tuned!