Tuesday, February 7, 2012

How to knit a two-color Brioche Stitch; Two-color Brioche Scarf

The Brioche Stitch is a combination of stitches that makes a nice, thick, fluffy, squishy, double-sided fabric.




Here is a pattern for a 2-color scarf that is soft and very warm.

Two-color Brioche Scarf

Materials:


1 Skein  (approx. 50 gr)/Yarn no.1
1 Skein  (approx. 50 gr)/Yarn no.2
Size 9 circulars or double points (or whatever size you want to work with) - try a needle one or two sizes up from the recommended needle size for the yarn.

Abbreviations:
                             
k1- knit one
yf - bring the yarn forward between your needles as IF you were going to purl
sl 1 - sip one as if to purl
yo before a knit stitch - lay the yarn over the top of your right needle. Make the stitch from this position
yo before a purl stitch - lay the yarn over the top of your right needle and bring it between your needles to the front. Make the next stitch from this position
k2tog - knit two together
p2tog - purl two together

Important tip: You always change yarn EVERY ROW

Pattern:
Using Yarn no.1 - LOOSELY cast on 17 stitches
DO NOT TURN WORK - Push the work to the right tip of your needle.
Using Yarn no.2 - k2 *yf, sl 1, yo, k2*
TURN WORK

Row 1 Yarn no.1 - k2, p2tog *sl 1, yo p2tog* until 2 stitch remains, end k2
DO NOT TURN WORK - Push the work to the right tip of your needle
Row 2 Yarn no.2 - k2 *yf, sl, yo k2tog* until 3 stitches remain, yf, sl 1, yo, k2
TURN WORK

Row 3 Yarn no.1 - k2, k2tog *yf, sl, yo k2tog* until 2 stitch remains, end k2
DO NOT TURN WORK - Push the work to the right tip of your needle
Row 4 Yarn no.2 - k2 *yf, sl, yo p2tog* until 3 stitches remain, sl 1, yo, k2

Repeat rows 1-4 until desired length, ending with row 4
Using Yarn no.1 bind off as follows:
k1, *k1, pass the 1st stitch over the 2nd, k2tog, pass the 1st stitch over the 2nd.*

Helpful Tips:

I would suggest you follow the pattern very closely for a few inches, at least until you get the yo pattern down. What helped me not have to rely on the pattern was this little trick, I've included pictures to help a little bit.

When this side is facing you, you can see the knit stitches made by the Yarn no.2. It helps to remember that you ALWAYS start with the Yarn no.1, and you don't turn your work until both yarns are on the same side of the scarf. The only other thing is that when this side of the work is facing you, you purl with the Yarn no.1 and knit with the Yarn no.2. This is Rows 1 and 2.


Now, with this side facing you, you can see the rows of knit stitches made by the Yarn no.1. When this side of the work is facing you, you knit with the Yarn no.1 and purl with the Yarn no.2. This is Rows 3 and 4.

If you are doing this pattern for the first time, choose two yarns that have high contrast, it makes it much easier to do. Be careful while knitting this, as it is hard to correct a mistake and successfully unravel your work. It would be a great idea to put in some "life-lines" every now and then for safety's sake.