I've been playing with brioche stitch. Before you say "So what?" let me tell you my history with brioche.
My friend, Michael G., who took quite a few classes from me as he began his knitting career said--"Oh, I love the look of this two color brioche hat I found in this great new book of patterns, but I can't figure it out. --blah--blah--blah Wish you'd teach a class--blah--blah--blah.
Okay, I bought the ^&(^*(%^&% book. (Can you see where this is headed?) Tried the pattern--didn't work out--spent hours trying to figure it out--no help online--determined I could conquer this--worked, cussed, worked some more--Got it!!!
Offered the class and NO ONE, especially Michael, signed up. Forgive him? Hell, no! I will harass him forever about this. If you knew Michael, you'd know how much fun that can be.
RESOLVED: Never knit brioche stitch again.
Years pass. Fisherman Rib, a cousin to brioche, becomes a hot new stitch pattern. I get an itch to knit the two colored brioche--a cowl scarf.
Research. Eureka!!! I find Nancy Marchant's website.
She is the queen of brioche and has enough tutorials online to keep me busy for years. I-love-this-stitch. (Earlier resolution is null and void. Again, words are eaten.) Brioche is fast, fun, and the fabric is cushy and bouncy (kind of like me). I made three cowl collars.
Here is what I learned.
1. Start with two colors. It is so much easier to see what you are doing.
2. Needle size determines if the pattern is crisp (standard size needle for the yarn)
or slouchy (go up 2 or 3 needle sizes).
Both work well.
3. You only need about 75 yards of each color.---STASH BUSTER! Here's how I did it!
To knit this project, go to my website.