Brioche Knitting Tutorial
When you live in a climate that can get pretty cold in the winter, you need scarves. My favorite scarves are those knit out of deliciously soft and bulky yarns. Pairing that with the simple brioche stitch rib will make a fabric that is thick while at the same time airy and lofty.
Why not get a head start on your winter knitting and work up this brioche rib scarf today?
For this pattern you will need:
- One hank of bulky weight yarn (about 120 yards)
- US 13 needles
- Tapestry needle
Gauge is not critical for this scarf.
Cast on 20 sts.
Row 1 (set up row): *with yarn in front (wyf) slip 1, yo, k 1; repeat from * to end.
Row 2: *wyf slip 1, k2tog; repeat from * to end.
Repeat Row 2 until scarf is desired length.
Bind off: *k1, k2tog, pass first k st over; repeat from * to end.
Break yarn and fasten off. Weave in ends and wear with pride!
This is really as easy as it looks! That being said, let me help you out with some questions or issues that might come up:
- After you slip the first stitch, you’ll knit the next without moving the yarn to the back before you do it. This is what creates a yarn over.
- If you want to change the width of the scarf, cast on in multiples of two.
- I just used a regular long-tail cast on for this, but make sure whichever cast on you use, you do so more loosely than you normally would. This will make the set up row easier to work.
- If you try to wet block this, it will stretch and seem distorted. Go with just a light steam or spritzing.
- Brioche rib uses up a lot of yarn, so be prepared to need more than you thought, especially if you want a really long scarf.
This is only the beginning. There is so much you can do with this stitch! Making this scarf has piqued my interest in brioche again. I think I may enroll in Explorations in Brioche Knitting with Nancy Marchant.
When you’re ready to try brioche with two colors, the Jacki Revisted Icelandic Style pattern looks like a lot of fun. Or, if you’re looking to incorporate this stitch into garments, why not try the beautiful Lakedale pattern?
Now, are you ready to incorporate some color? Then come back to the Craftsy Blog tomorrow for a look at the two-color brioche stitch!