Before you learn Brioche it can seem like an intimidating new technique. However it is still knitting … just subtly different! It’s well worth the effort of learning however as the pattern stitches, especially with two colours are just stunning and very unique.
If you’re brand new to brioche knitting you can start by practicing a few single colour stitches first in my free Teachable Brioche Basics class here. Many of the same techniques are used in two colour brioche as well.
How Does 2 Colour Brioche Work?
With two colour Brioche you are working every row twice, once with each colour. So when you have a chart for two colour brioche you will have two right side rows followed by two wrong side rows. At the end of the first row on each side you will slip all the stitches back to the start of the needle so that the second row can be worked. With Brioche there isn’t really a true ‘Right’ side or ‘Wrong’ side so instead we call them the ‘Dark Side’ DS and the ‘Light Side’ LS. This is defined by the stitch colour that is ‘dominant’ on that side.
Basic Stitches go a Long Way!
With Brioche knitting the stitch itself is so pretty in two colours that you need very little to create stunning finished knits! In the Flying Leaves scarf it is knit from side to side so the rows are very long (but there aren’t many of them). This allows you to create a repeating panel made up of standard brioche stitches, decreases on each end and an increase in the middle. These increases and decreases create a natural wave in the fabric which creates large chevron up and downs. I find that the long rows really help you learn the new stitches as you are repeating them several times over so you can commit them to memory.
Scarf length: 81.75” / 208 cm Width: 6” / 15 cm
Stolen Stitches ‘Nua Sport’ (60% Merino, 20% Yak, 20% Linen; 153 yds / 140 m per 1.76 oz / 50 g) LC: Café Flamingo (9812): 2 skeins DC: August Storms (9809): 2 skeins
NEEDLES AND NOTIONS
3.75mm / US 5 circular needles, 40” / 100 cm long
Always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed, as every knitter’s gauge is unique.
Stitch markers, Tapestry needle
GAUGE 14 sts and 22 rows = = 4″ / 10 cm in brioche stitch pattern, after washing and blocking
Where to Find
If you’d like a yarn kit (2 skeins of each colour and a project bag) you can find it here.
To learn basic Brioche stitches find the free class here.
Use code FLYING10 for 10% off pattern and kit until the end of February.
Flying Leaves Scarf was first published in 2019 in Boost Your Knitting.