Did you ever wonder, brioche selvedges edition

I was wondering about the different ways knitters deal with the edges of flat brioche knitting. Two color, because that’s what I dream about, always.

When I first learned to knit brioche flat, I learned it with a garter stitch selvedge edge. I didn’t like it, because it made horizontal stripes next to the vertically oriented brioche.

Then I went to Nancy Marchant’s book Knitting Brioche, and there was an option for a one stitch selvedge edge, and this is how I’ve been doing it, mostly. There’s a little dance of yarn at the stitch before the first and after the last CC stitch on the CC color rows, after/before slipping the MC stitch at each end.

I took another class, and the teacher said to just leave that next to last stitch yarn where it was, no dancing yarn. It seemed to work fine, too.

So why the dance? I have some time on my hands (#socialdistancing), so I decided to find out.

Can you see a difference between the stitches in the red circle (yes dance) and the stitches in the blue circle (no dance)?

Here’s a video so you can see it all in action.

Still teaching, even though I’ve canceled all my classes for the time being! Just doing it from a distance.

Have fun!

8 responses to “Did you ever wonder, brioche selvedges edition

  1. The shawl I’m working on right now uses the main color as an I-cord edge, so that it avoids the multi-color edge. I quite like it.

    • That is excellent! But what about the stitch just inside the edge? Drop it where it is, or move it to the other position? Enquirin’ minds wanna know!

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  2. That’s why brioche in the round is best 😃

    • I do love brioche in the round, but sometimes it needs to be flat, and I don’t think I want to steek a round brioche item to make it flat! 😮

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  3. As a non-knitter, I have no idea what most of this means, but I love the colors and the chance to catch-up with what you’re doing during this crazy time!

    • Thanks for stopping by! There will be a lot more blog posting in the near future; it’s the best way for me to keep up with my knitters in long form! Instagram and Facebook are great, but they’re very abbreviated as far as words go.

      Stay home, stay safe!

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  4. Good to know! Thank you for sharing 🙂