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07 february, 2007

In her comment on yesterday's swatch, Brenda mentioned she was going to learn the Brioche Stitch, referring to Janet Szabo's winter Twist and Turn newsletter for a basic tutorial and cable brioche scarf.  Constantly curious, I found the Brioche Stitch in Barbara Walker's A Treasury of Knitting Patterns.  This stitch is fun and easy to knit and creates a reversible and -- dare I say -- spongy fabric.  You've got to knit this one for yourself!

Yarn: Karabella's Aurora 8   
Needles: US 8
Gauge: 20 stitches = 4.75 inches
Stitch: Brioche Stitch.  The Brioche stitch -- in all its many varitions -- feature a yo and a slipped stitch, which are subsequently knit together on the next row.   The basic version requires an even number of stitches and is worked as follows:

Setup Row: *yo, sl1, k1*, repeat between **

Row 1: *yo, sl1, k2tog*, repeat -- note: the k2tog knits together the yo and the slipped stitch from the previous row.

Repeat Row 1.

Ending Row or Bind Off: *p1, k2tog*, repeat

Source: Brioche Stitch is from Walker's A Treasury of Knitting Patterns, page 46-47

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Funny, after reading about brioche stitch in Wrap Style (Nancy Marchant's Shadow Play pattern) I'm seeing brioche stitches everywhere today. Synchronicity. Or just the phenomenon of noticing something for the first time and then looking out for it.

Posted by: Pigwotknits | Feb 8, 2007 8:45:34 AM

That fabric does look squishy and spongy! I have some alpaca that wants me to try the brioche cables for a scarf. Must finish Landscape Shawl first, then it's playtime!

Posted by: Brenda | Feb 8, 2007 11:18:55 AM

Oh love this stitch, learned it as Prime Rib from EZ's book Knitting without Tears. I have it bookmarked. I make hats and scarves out of it in several gauges. You can see a couple of examples on my blog. It's really fun to do, looping over and slipping along.

Posted by: Beverly | Feb 8, 2007 12:27:25 PM

Now you need to try it in two colors! If you have the Spring 2005 Interweave Knits, check there for a how-to article by Nancy Marchant. Otherwise, take a look at this online scarf pattern: http://domino32x.blogspot.com/2005/12/two-color-brioche-stitch-scarf-pattern.html

Posted by: Laura | Feb 8, 2007 5:25:18 PM

i've only seen brioche stitch with two colors in a shaped capelet with not-so-clear instructions, so i never gave it a try. must convince my mom to buy the barbara walker treasury of knitting patterns....

Posted by: callie | Feb 8, 2007 6:17:01 PM

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