Tips and Tricks for Managing Brioche

Category: Tutorial

One of our newest free patterns, the Byberry Scarf by Lisa R. Myers, is a beautiful 2-color brioche project that is great for beginners.  If you are new to the technique, brioche can be a little intimidating to knit.  First, there are new symbols and abbreviations to learn. Then you have to remember to work each row twice, once in each color.  But once you get those elements down, you’ll need to advance to learning how to fix mistakes. Today we’ll cover some tips and tricks for managing your brioche mischief.

Lifelines

The first thing we recommend if you’re new to brioche knitting is to make use of lifelines. A lifeline is a piece of waste yarn that you run through a row of stitches with a darning needle.  Lifelines are often used in lace projects so that if you drop stitches or discover mistakes you can go back to a place in your knitting where things were in good shape. Given that each row in brioche consists of knit or purl stitches and slipped stitches with their accompanying yarn overs, a lifeline can be a true lifesaver if you need to rip back. You can place lifelines as frequently or as infrequently as you wish and that frequency can change as you become more comfortable with brioche.

The photo shows a lifeline being added (the green yarn going through the live stitches on the needle). The blue lifeline was added a couple inches back and can be removed since the work above it is all in order.

Fixing Mistakes on the “Right Side”

We have found that when fixing mistakes in brioche it’s helpful to try and fix your errors on the right side of your knitting. However, that can be a little tricky in 2-color brioche because each color has a dominant, or right, side. When you have to fix a problem like a dropped or mistake stitch, try starting on the side of your knitting where that stitch should be in a column of knit stitches.  

 

First, lay your knitting out flat to diagnose where the dropped or mistaken stitch lies. Then, either slip stitches onto a spare needle until you get to that column, or start to work the next row, moving towards that stitch.

When you reach the column that contains your dropped or mistaken stitch, you can gently ladder down the column until you get to the errant stitch.

Fix the problematic stitch, and then you will gently begin to work your way back up to your needle. Remember that you will be forming knit stitches out of your dominant color on that side and that for each new knit stitch that you create, you will need to loop the corresponding yarnover together with that stitch.  You may wish to use a crochet hook to aid you in this process.

For a great video on how to fix dropped stitches in brioche, you can also check out The Unapologetic Knitter’s tutorial. Crafts from the Cwtch also provides a great video tutorial to help you turn a mistaken purl stitch into a knit stitch.

Knitting with the Wrong Color

If you are new to 2-color brioche knitting, or even if you’re an old pro, you’ll probably pick up the wrong color at the wrong time. It happens to the best of us.  At this point, you’ll have two choices to fix the error. First, you can tink (“un-knit”) back to the row where you made the mistake. This may be time-consuming, but if your error is just a few rows back, it may be the best option. The second option is to pull out your work back to your lifeline. Remember how we said lifelines could be useful? If you have added a lifeline to your work recently, you can simply pull your work off of your needles and unravel your knitting back to the last “safe” point (your lifeline). Then thread your needle through your stitches, and then start again.

Knitting when you should purl; purling when you should knit.

There is a rhythm to brioche knitting. While you’re still getting into the rhythm, you may slip and purl stitches when you should slip and knit, or vice versa. As with tips above, you’ll have two options. You can tink back to the beginning of the row where you made your mistake, or you can drop down to your trusty lifeline.  

We hope that this tutorial has helped you troubleshoot your brioche knitting. We encourage you to try knitting the Byberry Scarf if you’re new to brioche knitting and to stay tuned for our fall collection which will feature at least one brioche pattern. If you have more questions or want to share photos of your beautiful projects, you can find us here on the blog or on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Ravelry!

Short Sleeve Sweaters in Manos del Uruguay Yarns

Category: Featured Projects

We’re going to just say it: you can wear sweaters year-round and not all sweaters need long sleeves! In this blog post we’re putting the spotlight on beautiful hand knit tops in lightweight Manos del Uruguay yarns.

What’s Your Style?

You still find your favorite pattern technique of lace, cables, colorwork, or short rows among the designs in the Fairmount Fibers pattern archive.

 

Coronilla by Emma Welford and Algorta by Miriam L. Felton, each in Serena.

 

  

Solis (backside shown) by Miriam L. Felton, Chirca by Kristen TenDyke, and Guirnalda by Varian Brandon, each in Silk Blend.

 

  

Winton by ash alberg in Milo, Narciso by Kristen TenDyke in Fino, and Frankford by Corrina Ferguson in Clara.

Is a short sleeve sweater part of your spring ensembles for Me Made May or another spring event? Check out our Spring-Summer Tops Pinterest board for more inspiration from knitters and crocheters like you! We want to see your styling, from casual to fancy.

Spring Projects in Manos del Uruguay Yarns

Category: Featured Projects

The calendar says spring has officially arrived, but your local weather may not quite match up. We are ready for lightweight layers and quick projects to grab and go; are you? Today we share the latest designs published by the major publications and independent designers.

Sweaters for Spring

The Weddell Top, in knit.wear Spring/Summer 2018, features a repetitive stitch pattern in Serena. Paula Pereira’s top-down raglan top is inspired by the rugged and beautiful seascape. Shown here in #S2437 Pearl and #S2246 Oyster.

As seen on the cover of the new Twist Collective, Susanna IC’s Inachis Sweater features interestingly textured lace combined with a few cables. This tunic is worked from the top down using simple raglan construction, allowing for easy customization in the overall length. Four to eight skeins of Serena are required, depending on size. Shown here in S2441 Sapphire.

Yekaterina Burmatnova’s stunning pullover is included in Vogue Knitting, Late Winter 2018. The cropped, drop-shoulder turtleneck is worked in a combination of k2, p2 ribbing and two-color brioche rib in Manos del Uruguay’s Gloria.

Spring Accessories

The latest issue of Knitty.com includes Charmayne by Emily Wood. Beads are optional on this asymmetrical triangle shaped shawl which calls for one skein of Fino. 402 Inkwell is the color shown here.

The Surf’s Up Mobius, by Gwen Bortner, is a twist on lace knitting: it’s knit holding three strands of Marina together to create a reversible, textured cowl that is lightweight yet warm. Pictured here in the N7338 Denim colorway. 

The textured, casual Torque Hat, by karinsknit designs, is available in slouch and beanie styles suitable for any road nomad. This pattern is part of Spring  Interweave Knits and the yarn shown here is A2540 Kohl Alegria.

Which projects are you casting on to carry you through the season? Connect with us on your favorite social platform: Facebook, Ravelry, and Instagram.