Where to begin with brioche stitch? When you start looking it is amazing how fancy and complex your knitting can become when using this stitch. From learning the basics you can go on to knit incredible pieces beginning to incorporate increases, decreases, moss stitch, purl and crossing over stitches, all whilst still using the brioche technique. Once conquered the world is your oyster with this knitting stitch.
Brioche stitch creates a bouncy piece of knitting that is reversible. When you are knitting with two colours you can create some really effective combinations – whether you go for tonal shades or a pop of fluorescent with a neutral it is quite exciting to see how it will turn out. The only problem is you will want to show off both sides all of the time!
Purl Bee‘s example of brioche knitting is mesmerizing with her fluoro & white combo.
Sometimes there will be just a hint of colour peeping through the springy rib like structure as seen here in the example I discovered by Stephen West.
If you fancy having a go yourself and don’t live too far away from our wonderful Craft Barn, how about coming along to one of our workshops? On September 18th Rowan tutor Carol Meldrum will be teaching a full day workshop on brioche knitting at the Craft Barn. Carol will explore the technique through samples working towards casting on a cowl design, as seen in the photo below.
I just had to share some more outstanding examples of brioche stitch by designers Nancy Merchant and Stephen West. Whether it’s the swirly designs from Nancy or the neon colour contrast from Stephen you can’t help but be intrigued by the possibilities of this stitch. It really is hard to believe that they have been hand knitted.
Carmine and Rocko by Nancy Merchant
Crossing Over by Nancy Merchant
Askews Me Hat by Stephen West
Brioche Bolero by Stephen West