Deepen your knitting repertoire with the stretchy and stunning brioche stitch worked in two colors. It isn’t as hard as you think! This traditional technique consists of slipped stitches, work 2-togethers and yarn overs to create a springy, double-sided fabric that is fully reversible. Learn how to work this deceptively simple stitch with this straight-forward circular method. Our step-by-step tutorial will teach you how to use two colors of yarn to work circular brioche, opening up a world of possibilities in your knitting.
Circular Brioche stitch is worked as a two-round repeat. After working the setup round, repeat the two rounds as instructed below to create the stitch pattern. Definitions for abbreviations are given below.
Cast on with Color 1 and join to work in the round.
Setup Round (Color 2): Join in Color 2, *Sl-YO, purl 1; repeat from * to end.
Brioche Round 1 (Color 1): *BRK, bring yarn to front, Sl-YO; repeat from * to end.
Brioche Round 2 (Color 2): *With yarn in front, Sl-YO, BRP; repeat from * to end.
BRK: Brioche Knit
Knit the next stitch together with its corresponding yarn over from the previous row.
BRP: Brioche Purl
Purl the next stitch together with its corresponding yarn over from the previous row.
Sl-YO: Slip 1 with Yarn Over
Bring the working yarn under the needle to the front of the work, slip the next stitch from the L needle to the R needle as if to purl, then bring the yarn over the needle to the back (creating a yarn over on top of the slipped stitch); bring yarn into position to work the following stitch (in back for a knit, in front for a purl). This slipped stitch/yarn over pair is considered one stitch.
Practice this Technique
Quarry is a chunky sibling to Shelter and Loft, inspired by roving-style “unspun” yarns and offered in pillowy 100-gram skeins. Three strands of the same lofty, woolen-spun Targhee-Columbia fleece are gently spun together into a plump yarn that looks like a single ply and has greater tensile strength and stitch definition than a true unspun yarn.
Featured colors in this tutorial:
Citrine is a cool, swampy ochre muddled with olive, lime, and rust.
Granite is a steady, enduring, medium grey, Granite is very similar to Sweatshirt in the Loft and Shelter palette.
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