2 colors of yarn with good contrast. We used SweetGeorgia Superwash DK in Candy Floss (C1 – pink) and Dreamboat (C2 – grey/blue)
Setup for working 2-color Brioche Stitch
While it’s not required, I suggest using the Italian Cast-On because it will create a more professional and stretchy edge. But, you could use whatever cast-on you prefer. I actually used a long-tail CO in just one color the first time because I wanted to make the beginning easier.
CO 13 sts, both starting and ending with the C1.
I’ll start this tutorial after having worked several rows. I’m doing this because the pictures will be clearer and you’ll see the ribbing better.
Most tutorials give you both setup rows and regular rows for Brioche. But, they’re basically the same things. It’s just that on the first row (when working the cast-on stitches), you’ll just work a regular knit or purl stitch, and not a BRK or BRP. That’s because you won’t have a YO to work with it. But, otherwise, these rows are THE SAME. I say it this way (no setup rows) because you get to learn the rhythm of Brioche quicker.
You don’t easily see the ribbing for several rows (around 8 rows)
How to Knit 2-color Brioche Stitch
Row 1 has C2 knits
Row 1 Pass 1 (C1): K1, *sl1yo, BRP,* until 2 sts rem. Sl1yo, k1. Slide sts back to the other side.
When you have yarns at both ends, slide your work to the other side:
Here’s how to work a BRP. You’re really just purling both the yarn over with the stitch.
Row 1 Pass 2 (C2): Sl1, *BRK, sl1yo* until 2 sts rem. BRK, sl1. Turn.
When you have both yarns on the same side, you turn and start on the next pass.
Here’s how to work a BRK. It’s the same action at a BRP. You just knit both the yarn over and the stitch together.
Row 2 has C1 knits
Row 2 Pass 1 (C1): K1, “sl1yo, BRK* until 2 sts rem. Sl1yo, k1. Slide sts back to other side.
Row 2 Pass 2 (C2): Sl1, *BRP, sl1yo* until 2 sts rem. BRP, sl1. Turn.
About the Instructor: Jody Richards
Jody loves poring over stitch dictionaries and trying out new stitches. And while she likes all things crafting (well ok, except that one thing), yarn crafts are her true love (and she has the stash to prove it).
She’s a serial starter-of-projects and has a serious problem with finishing things without a deadline.
And don’t get her talking about hand-dyed yarns. You’ve been warned.