Have you ever tried it? If not, I highly recommend the technique. I’ll admit that I was slightly confused when starting out, but once I got the hang of it it was so simple and it creates such a fun and lofty fabric. I thought I’d share some of the resources that I found helpful in case anyone else out there wants to give it a try for the first time.
I’ve been in love with the look of brioche stitch since I first discovered it, especially with varigated yarns. This isn’t the first time I’ve knit brioche stitch, but it is the first time that I’ve done it with two colors in the round. My previous brioche projects were all scarves. I have been wanting to design a cowl to make to sell in my etsy store, but I wasn’t sure on the stitch I wanted to use or how I wanted it to look. Then Lion Brand Yarn came out with a new yarn called Zaps (I should mention here that I have not used this yarn yet, because it isn’t available in any of my local stores, but the point is that I fell in love with the fun vibrant colors that it comes in. I’ve had an obsession with neon yarn lately). When I saw the colors available I found myself thinking how great they would pop with brioche stitch and decided that that was the kind of cowl I wanted to make. I did some searches for brioche stitch cowls to see what was out there and discovered that most of them were knit flat and seamed. I like to avoid seams whenever possible, so next I searched for brioche stitch in the round and discovered a wonderful tutorial by The Purl Bee.
That’s where I saw two colored brioche and my jaw hit the floor. Not really, but I was instantly imagining the infinite possibilities of awesome color combinations. I knew that that was what I wanted to do. I decided how many stitches I wanted to cast on and how tall I wanted my cowl to be and pretty much followed the tutorial. I experimented with doing an i-cord cast on before deciding on a seed stitch border. I also found a great video that helped get me started and answered any questions that I had.
Here is the finished result (I told you I was obsessed with neon yarn lately):
I used a combination of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick and Hometown USA. I’ve never used Hometown USA before and read that while soft it was a little fuzzy, but it was the only yarn I could find in the shocking pink color that I was looking for, so I decided to give it a try. Did I find it a little fuzzy? Yes, but sandwiching it with the Thick & Quick eliminated the problem. I added a lime green button with orange and pink flowers as a little embellishment and to hide the small gap created between the first and last bound off stitch. This cowl is now availble in my Etsy Store for any non knitters reading this. You may also request one made in different colors if your tastes aren’t quite as electrifying as my own.
Another great thing about brioche stitch is that it creates a reversible fabric. Here’s a picture of the cowl turned down giving you a glimpse of the inside.
I hope I’ve convinced you to give this stitch a try! I’d love to see what you decide to make.