Brioche Rib!

Can anyone tell me how to correctly knit a brioche rib? I’ve found a few different ways on different websites but none have seemed to work? Is it the same steps for RS and WS of work, or do I need to reverse what I’ve done for WS? (I’ve been doing: Slip one stitch purl side, yarn over, knit two together, repeat to end of row…)

I’m not familiar with brioche rib. But many people aren’t aware that they way they slip their stitches is an important part of the pattern. This is the rule whether you are on the RS or WS:

When slipping stitches involved with a decrease (like SSK), then you slip the stitches as if to knit.

If you are JUST slipping stitches then you slip them as if to purl.

The reason why it matters is because slipping the stitches certain ways twists or untwists the stitch.

I think it’s the same for both rows, and slip the sts purlwise because they won’t be knit until the next row, when you knit them tog with the YO.

Suzeeq is correct. You slip the stitch purlwise regardless if you are on the RS or the WS. Each row is worked exactly the same until you get to the row right before the bound off edge where you have to do the set up row for the bound off edge. You leave off the yo in that row.

Just a warning… Don’t make any mistakes in this stitch that you don’t catch on the very row you made the mistake. It is very difficult to fix, if not impossible, at least for me. I tried to make a little sweater with this stitch and had to give up. But I love the sweater and keep thinking I should try again and try using life lines and see if I could conquer it.

I’ve been going crazy trying to figure out what I was doing wrong. My stitches kept twisting and the pattern in my Barbara Walker book said nothing about slipping purlwise. After days of surfing I finally found the answer in this thread. Now to frog and start over… again, hopefully for the last time.

I’ve looked at the videos and my only question is, this is great if you’re a Continental Knitter. I’m going to have to see what Annie Modisette has to say or just figure it out on my own. That is a very useful stitch to know but I’ve never used it before.

You might find it easier to do a knit 1 below type of Brioche, also calledFisherman’s rib. I do the first row in knit and all the rest the same - k1, k1b, repeat and end with k2.

Making a baby afghan using this pattern and was comparing notes with friends and found I do it a little differently than they do and thought I’d share my method since two of my friends found it a bit faster than what they were doing. Firstly, I’m a picker (continental) and wouldn’t know how to explain it for a thrower though it must be similar.

On the YO I bring the yarn forward, just before the next stitch on the left needle, and then slip the next stitch as your supposed to (keeping the right needle behind the YO) which makes the YO and slip in one move. Rather than doing a YO and then slip in two separate moves. It goes a heck of a lot faster with the YO falling in the right place just as it should.

Just something small that makes this stitch (at least for me) a wee bit easier. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve frogged this afghan, but I think I FINALLY have it down pat. :woohoo: This is such a pretty stitch. Only thing I have to decide now is what sort of border to use. Kinda want to do an I-cord edge, but… long way off that is.

Once again I had to frog my entire baby afghan in this stitch. It was a good 8" long, I found one error a few rows back I was able to correct, but then I found another that would require taking out about 20 rows to fix. In the process of doing that and putting it back on the needles it became such a mess I about cried as I frogged the whole thing.

So, I’ve wound my yarn up, cast it back on, and am trying yet again. I refuse to give up. It makes such a soft, fluffy, comfy blanket I just have to get it right. Now I’ll be checking my work every 5 rows or so lest I completely lose my mind next time.

It gets easier to do it right once you’ve done it a while. I sometimes find I k1b in the wrong stitch and get off, so have to undo a row or 2, but not too often. I have a hard time ripping back and picking up sts too, it’s confusing.

Won’t a life line work for this stitch? I tried a little sweater like this and gave up because I had to start over every time I made a mistake, but I’ve been thinking about trying it with a lifeline. Have you tired one?

That would probably work, I don’t use lifelines, for me they’re more hassle to put in than they’re worth.

Yeah, but if the alternative is to start over each time you make a mistake I think they might be helpful. I know if you catch a mistake while you are on the same row you can usually fix it and I have managed to fix a very similar stitch after a fashion if I missed it on that the row it was made on, but not perfectly. It is a hard stitch to fix.

For this type of stitch, yeah they would helpful if you’re new to brioche/fisherman’s rib. I made a baby blanket for my GD in it, I think I didn’t get off the pattern too many times, and usually only had to go back a row or two and found my way easily enough.