Wednesday 18 February 2015

I love the half brioche...stitch

Kitamu Cup Cuddler
A few of my latest projects have utilised the half brioche stitch pattern and I love it. There are a number of things that draws me to this stitch. 1) I think it is visually beautiful. 2) It creates a lovely textured piece and 3) It is super easy to knit.

Ava Beret knits the brioche stitch by alternating the rows with two colours 
By alternating two contrasting colours the half brioche stitch becomes even more stunning like it does in the Ava Beret. I just finished knitting the beret for a friend's little girl using some Koigu KPPPM which is a beautiful hand dyed variegated merino yarn. Knit with a contrasting neutral colour the variegated pinks come through very nicely.

The pattern is so simple. 

CO (cast on) an even number of stitches.

If working flat:
Row 1: Knit 
Row 2: *K1, K1B Repeat * to end of row
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: *K1B, K1 Repeat * to end of row

If working in the round:
Row 1: Purl
Row 2: *K1, K1B Repeat * to end of row
Row 3: Purl
Row 4: *K1B, K1 Repeat * to end of row

Note: K1B – Knit 1 Below: Insert right needle into the stitch below the stitch on left needle. Knit the stitch and let stitch on needle drop off. Note: This is not a decrease.

What is your favourite stitch pattern? What attracts you to it?

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