Monday, November 11, 2013

Brioche, Brioche and more Brioche

I have always wanted to try Brioche knitting but never had the time to sit down and experiment, so I took the easy way out and took several classes at Knitting Lab to give me a jump start.

Brioche is an interesting technique. Each row requires two rows of knitting where you slip alternate stitches on a row while knitting the other stitch. The process is reversed on the second row; stitches knitted on the first row are now slipped and slipped stitches are now knit. The technique differs from double knitting in that a yarn over is wrapped around each slipped stitch and when knitting the slipped stitch, the stitch is knit together with its yarn over. As a result, the symbology is is different. Knit a stitch together with its yarn over is considered one stitch called a 'brk'. Purling a stitch together with its yarn over is a 'brp'. The most important thing to remember is that the brk and brp stitches are just that, single stitches and you must always treat them as such.

  • brk and brp consist of the stitch and its yarn over. the yarn over wraps the stitch and is knitted or purled together with the stitch
  • syok creates the slip and the yarn over wrap -- this is a single stitch. It is important that the yarn over wraps the stitch and doesn't just sit next to the slipped stitch as this seems to deform the stitch
  • Increases and decreases must be paired in order to maintain pattern
  • Cables must in multiples of 2 on each side of the cable to maintain pattern
  • Two rows of knitting equals 1 real row of knitting
  • Flat 2 color brioche requires working on a 2 double points or a circular needle. You knit a row, slide the work back and knit the second half of the row; turn; knit a row, slide the work back and knit the second half of the row.

    I took three classes:

  • Introduction to Brioche Knitting
  • Brioche with a Twist
  • Brioche colorwork
  • Here are my swatches from the classes:
    Swatch 1: Brioche rib, cast on Tilly’s Very Stretchy Cast On, Bind off: standard- K, K, psso. Lesson: Tilly's Very Stretchy cast on doesn't work with brioche!
    Swatch 2: Brioche cable: Long tailed cast on, start and end with 2 rows garter, elastic bind off
    Swatch 3: Increasing and decreasing in brioche rib: Long tailed cast on, start and end with 2 rows garter, elastic bind off.
    Swatch 4: Brioche rib in the round: Long tailed cast on, start with 3 rows standard rib, standard bind off.
    Swatch 5: Brioche stockinette: long tailed cast on, start with 2 rows garter, 4 rows brioche rib; brioche stockinette; end with 4 rows brioche rib, 2 rows garter; bind off with elastic bind off.
    Swatch 6: 2 color Brioche in the round: cast on Italian tubular; start and end with 2 rows corrugated rib, syncopated brioche rib technique used; bind off with elastic bind off - the bind off is too tight on this one, but its only a swatch.
    Swatch 7: 2 color brioche flat: long tailed cast on; 2 rows garter, 2-color brioche rib; 2 rows garter; elastic bind off.
    Swatch 8: 2 color Brioche stockinette, flat: long tailed cast on; 2 rows garter; 2 color stockinette brioche; 2 rows garter; elastic cast off.
    Swatch 9: Increasing and decreasing in 2 color brioche: long tailed cast on; 2 rows garter, 2 repeats (4 rows) 2 color brioche rib; 2 repeats increase/decrease chart; 2 repeats (4 rows) 2 color brioche rib; 3 rows garter; elastic bind off.

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