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.
I just made a video tutorial for an alternate version of a left leaning brioche decrease.
The center decrease shown is a right leaning decrease. The one on the right is a left leaning decrease, and it’s fine for most purposes. But it shows a lot of the dark colored wrap of the stitch that is passed over. Most of the time, this doesn’t bother me.
But sometimes, like in my Aspen Leaf scarf, I want the left and right leaning decreases to mirror each other more closely.
The Brioche Unwrapped Decrease moves that wrap out of the way before passing the slipped stitch over. Very tidy! Thanks to Xandy Peters for dreaming this up. I’ve made my own video tutorial, because I want to make sure it will always be available when I link to it in a pattern.
Brioche Unwrapped Decrease tutorial link
Here you go! If you don’t like the unwrapped decrease, you can always use the other left leaning decrease. You’re the boss of your knitting!
I’m planning to teach a brioche knitting class at Stash in Corvallis on June 2, and at Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival on September 22. This is a three hour class, so it goes beyond the two hour Petite Brioche class that I’ve taught at Twisted.
I’m using my Heliotrope hat as the basis for this class, but I want to start with a bit of brioche rib before getting into the increases and decreases that create the leafy patterning. I may change the top of the hat too. We’ll see when I get to that part on the sample I’m knitting!
I love this color combo. While I’m knitting the sample, I’m taking the opportunity to make some video tutorials. Here you go!
Here’s my original Petite Brioche tutorial; I’m including it here so everything is one one easy page. I’m carrying my yarn in my right hand (English/throwing style).
Petite Brioche for continental knitters. I’m not the most adept at the left hand carry, but I wanted to show something that works with my Petite Brioche instructions. I think this does.
Where’s my YO? What to do if your YO goes missing from your slipped stitch.
And then I made a mistake not on purpose! So while I was fixing it, I made a video for that, too.
How to fix a brioche mistake, two rounds down. Yes, I did it, repeatedly, and lived to tell the tale.
I hope these are helpful to you!
Are you knitting brioche? You can give it a try with my free Petite Brioche pattern! And now you can fix your mistakes, too.