Hello and Welcome to your 2-colour brioche knitting workshop.
Before you start, please make sure that you have downloaded the workshop booklet.
It might be a good idea to get yourself a cuppa and watch the first few videos before attempting to pick up your needles.
If you have made it this far you may have already seen this video, filmed during lockdown, of me talking about brioche knitting and what drove me to learn how to do it.
My hope is that you will watch it and feel inspired to get going and motivated to carry on even when it seems hard.
You have most probably also seen the following letting you know what to expect from this workshop.
It would be useful to have your booklet ready and to watch this video before we get started.
To work the samples and learn the techniques, you will need to have some aran weight yarn in 2 contrasting colours and a 5mm dpn or circular needle.
Watch video number two to get started with the set-up rows.
Video Three is going to show you part two of working the set-up rows.
Now I am going to show you how to work the first proper row.
Here is Row 1 – the Light Side row
And now I am going to show you Row 2 – the Dark Side row
Let me just show you those 2 rows one more time!
I am going to leave you now to practise these 2 rows as many times as you feel that you need to.
Here is something to try to help you if things go wrong.
Having worked a number of repeats of rows 1 & 2 in brioche rib you should be starting to feel more comfortable with the technique. When you are ready we will practise the decrease and increase sts that you need to know how to use for this project. Before we move on you may wish to put a ‘lifeline’ into your work for extra security.
Here is a video showing you how I do this.
Now I am going to show you how to create a decrease on the next Light Side row and then an increase on the following Light Side row. You will probably need to watch then re-wind and pause the video whilst you complete the stitches.
You can practise them now and I will show you them again when we come to use them in the cowl project.
Let’s move on now and try the right leaning decrease.
Take all these steps at your own pace and practise as many times as you need to.
To finish off your sample I have included here instructions on how to work a 2-colour Italian bind off.
You will not use this for the cowl project but it is a good thing to know how to do and the neatest way to complete your swatch.
Before we move on to the cowl, here is an update looking at some new books that I have acquired and some finished projects which might inspire you.