Brioche Star by Lynette Meek

Brioche Star

January 2019
Sport (12 wpi) ?
16 stitches = 4 inches
in Brioche Ribbing
US 4 - 3.5 mm
150 - 240 yards (137 - 219 m)
X-small, Small, Medium and Large – samples are both medium
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A beginner’s Brioche project, but not a beginners knitting project.

Learn to work the brioche stitch in two colours and focus on the brioche technique.

There is no shaping within the brioche knitting. The shaping happens after the brioche rounds are complete and the bulk of the shaping is in one round, the rest is worked into the star crown motif.

Notes about Brioche: Brioche is a very deeply textured rib stitch. It takes 2 rounds of knitting to create 1 complete round of rib, therefor Brioche is not fast to knit. Each row involves the slipping and wrapping of one stitch (either knit or purl) and the working of the other stitch.

Brioche works well in two colours as the second colour highlights the deep rib texture. Because the brioche stitch is very loose the needle used needs to be at least one size smaller than the needle size recommended by the yarn. Brioche has also been called Shaker Rib and Fisherman’s Rib.

Rules for Brioche: When working each brioche round you always wrap the stitch that is not wrapped and work the wrap and the stitch together. The “wrap” is the YO or yrn that sits on the stitch to be worked. For example – K1 – knit stitch and the wrap on it together. P1 – purl the stitch and wrap on it together.