Instagram (at least MY feed) is a-buzz with Stephen West's pattern, Exploration Station. I happened to just finish mine and love it. I haven't actually taken a finished photo of it NOT on the blocking mats so instead, check out his pattern page if you want to see how it fits.
But, since I love my colors, here's a look at mine on the blocking mats. The section in the middle that looks dark pink is the brioche section.
The shawl, while an absolute joy to knit, has stumped quite a few folks who are new to brioche. So I'm deeming this week "BRIOCHE WEEK" here at The Unapologetic Knitter. I'm going to host written and video tutorials to learn you all up on the art that is brioche. This will be a 5-part series:
- Today: One Color Brioche, Knit Flat
- Tomorrow (May 5th): Two Color Brioche, Knit Flat
- Wednesday (May 6th): One Color Brioche, Knit in the Round
- Thursday (May 7th): Two Color Brioche, Knit in the Round
- Friday (May 8th): Fixing Simple Brioche Mistakes (dropped stitches)
*caveat* I'm new to the iMovie editor so if you have any feedback please let me know and I'll see if I can improve things... and try to be less chatty since I'm kinda nervous.
Ok, with that out of the way, week one, TODAY, is how to work standard, one-color brioche rib. You can just watch the video or you can grab some needles and yarn and brioche along with me to get the muscle memory of it.
In the below video I am using Ewe So Sporty (a sport weight yarn) by Ewe Ewe Yarns and a US 6 DPN. DPN's are not required for 1-color brioche so any flat or circular needle will be fine.
I have cast on 20 sts using the long tail cast on (though if you're familiar with the Tubular Cast-On I've heard it's very good for brioche).
Here's the written version of what I'm speaking about - I'm a bit wordy in the video (and embarrassingly at the halfway point of the video I say "slip knitwise... I totally mean purlwise) but I think it's fairly easy to follow. I recommend watching it through once so you can see what's to come and then pause and follow along the second time through.
REVISION: BRK - brioche knit
Cast on 20 sts.
Row 1: K1, *k1, sl1yo; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 2 (WS): K1, *brk, sl1yo; rep from * to last st, k1.
Rep Row 2.
Without further ado, here is the video!
If you have any questions about what you see in the video (or if my chatting is confusing) feel free to leave questions or comments below and I'll get back to you ASAP.
Tomorrow I'll be hosting the next video in my 5-part series, Two Color Brioche, Knit flat.
Thanks for stopping by. Happy brioche-ing...