2 color brioche - in the round

Well, it took me forever, but I finally figured out regular brioche. The videos were ZERO help, I could only “get it” by reading the instructions, yo s1 k2tog. I not only knit continental, I also reverse the stitches so that you go straight into the stitch to knit (and purl by coming forward from the backside!). Also I wrap clockways, not counterclock, as most do. (In other words, I don’t “pick”, I more or less just hook the yarn with the tip of the needle off my index finger.)

So all my stitches are backwards. (Don’t knock it 'til you’ve tried it, it makes almost everything, including regular brioche easier). But 2 color has me baffled for now. If I can do it English style, then I can translate to my way on my own. But those videos simply do not help. I need written instructions for this.

From just thinking on my own, I’m guessing you work one color as for regular brioche. Then instead of knitting back on a flat piece, you pick up the other color from the same side as you started the 1st color from, and purl the stitch you slipped & yo together on the 1st row. In the round, would you knit one round 1 color, then 2nd round 2nd color, purling as above instead of knitting?

Any help would be appreciated. If you can point me to written instructions, I’ll be fine. :slight_smile:


Have you looked at the Brioche st website? There may be some explanations there that can help you figure it out.

Yay! I searched on this, and got nothing but the video.
These instructions on the Brioche site should work! Thanks!
It has already confirmed I was on the “right track” with 2 right side rows, then 2 wrong side rows.

Bless you,

I finally got it going. As I suspected, it was much easier once I made my transition over to my way. The tricky thing was that I had to remember to slip on the row where the “bark” was knitted in (my) purlwise manner. If not, on the next row, when you purled the “bark” together, the yo was twisted. I could correct it as I went, but once I started slipping purlwise, it was easy.
Thanks for leading me to the site that eventually helped!
The side where the darker rows show is very interesting, in that the white yarn forms a little herringbone pattern. Once again, it doesn’t show up very well on the scanner. But I put squares where it seems to show a little. This sample has plenty of errors until I “got going”. If I can’t fix them, I’ll start this again. It is a little too large for a hat anyway.

Darker color, hand dyed merino from lilac cake color - it split into all those variations. I spun it with some soft pink to give the yarn some continuity. The white part is the German angora club yarn. It is 85% angora, but you’d never know it. I looks like plain wool, hardly fluffing at all, even with a teasle. I was lucky to get rid of most of the 10 lbs I got back from the mill by “selling” it to another club member who “paid” me in angora fiber, plus exactly what I had in the milling. I felt very lucky to get rid of it! I kept 3 lbs, thinking I might use it, but mostly I just use it in projects like this, for small accents or to run with a finer yarn for a larger gauge, etc. It is really crappy yarn. I’ve later sent my angora in to mills for yarn runs done to my specs. It turns out much lighter, fluffier, and more supple, and actually looks like angora. The price is better on the club yarn, but it isn’t worth even the bargain price, imo. Unless you like heavy yarn with no elasticity and no fluff. :slight_smile: