Brioche knitting with two-colors is a simple multicolor technique that creates a beautiful fabric of ridges and valleys… The exciting color play of Fair Isle or intarsia without the bother of tangled balls of yarn and pesky tails! Brioche fabric is truly as lofty and fluffy as its namesake, the light and buttery brioche bun. Our video includes a very detailed step-by-step explanation of this technique, as well as some bonus footage on how to complete the Set-Up Row and how to Fix Mistakes in Two-Color Brioche!
Here’s a wonderful photo tutorial for Brioche Stitch in Two-Colors, as well as some helpful notes to keep in mind!
When working Brioche Stitch in two-colors for flat knitting, you will need to use either circular or double pointed needles in order to slide the work every other row.
In The Round
When working Brioche Stitch in two-colors in the round, simply alternate between brioche knit rows and brioche purl rows as indicated by your pattern.
bk2tog [brioche knit 2 together]: Knit next knit stitch together with its paired yarnover.
bp2tog [brioche purl 2 together]: Purl next purl stitch together with its paired yarnover.
YOS [yarn over slip]: Bring yarn forward, slip one as if to purl, bring yarn over right needle to back of work in order to knit the next stitch.
NOTE: When working a YOS that is followed by a purl stitch, bring yarn over right needle to back of work as you would to knit, then continue bringing yarn to front of work to set yourself up to purl.
And now, the above instructions broken down, step-by-step…
Brioche Knit Row: Work a YOS, by bringing yarn forward and slipping one stitch purlwise, bring yarn over right needle, and then bk2tog, by knitting next stitch with its paired yarn over.
Brioche Purl Row: Work a YOS, by slipping one stitch purlwise and bringing yarn over right needle to back of work and continue bringing yarn to front of work in order to purl, then bp2tog, by purling next stitch with its paired yarn over.
Want to give Two-Color Brioche a try? Our Pocket Full Of Posy Blanket is a exciting place to explore this technique!