Brioche knitting is unlike any other technique in the knitting world, so you have to go into it with the right tools — and that includes yarn. Because the secret to a good brioche project is a yarn that complements those beautiful, squishy stitches. So before you pick up your needles and start, look for these key characteristics in your yarn.
With its own set of special stitches, unique charts and working method (each row is worked twice), brioche is the rebel of the knitting world. So for a first-timer, the technique may seem tricky — after all, you have to throw out some of your typical knitting know-how to create the gorgeous texture. But if you keep these beginner-friendly tips in mind, your first attempt at brioche knitting will feel like a breeze.
If you've seen a brioche knit, you won't forget it. The technique uses its own special set of stitches to create a to-die-for texture that's unlike any other. So if you're looking to learn more about brioche knitting — and need more reasons to give it a try — here are five to get you started.
From graphic stripes to more complicated double knitting, hats are the perfect canvas to practice and learn new knitting skills. They're pretty small, so you aren't committing to a lifetime of work, and except for some crown shaping, you basically just knit a tube. (Keeping the structure simple means you're free to focus on your new skill.) So when you're in the market to try something new, try knitting one of these skill-building hats.
Two color-brioche knitting gets a lot of love, but one-color brioche can be just as satisfying. Take this brioche ribbed scarf — pure, squishy, scarf heaven. If you've never tried brioche knitting before, this is a great way to get a feel for it.
Brioche knitting is a totally different animal than, say, regular flat knitting or even in-the-round knitting. When you're new to brioche, especially two-color brioche, things can get really confusing.