Double Dutch by Arlette

Double Dutch

by Arlette
May 2014
Aran (8 wpi) ?
3 stitches and 4 rows = 1 inch
in brioche stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
160 - 280 yards (146 - 256 m)
Teen (17-19"), Medium adult (19-21"), Large adult (21-23")
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This squishy, stretchy, two-color brioche stitch beanie has swirling decreases at the top that are identical inside and out, making it completely reversible. Better yet, you can make it with any yarn from sock-weight to bulky, and its deep texture looks great with handspun yarn.

The pattern has a detailed tutorial with step-by-step photo directions for working two-color brioche in the round -- working both colors at the same time, using both hands! This two-fisted technique is a fun challenge for intermediate and advanced knitters, and downright hypnotic once you get the hang of it. It’s also a great, fast way to get to know brioche knitting.

Make it in your favorite team colors, or show off a yarn with long color transitions. (It’s a natural for Noro!) Made in two harmonious solid colors, it’s also a sophisticated, guy-friendly winter staple.

Skill level
Intermediate: At least a passing familiarity with knitting both Continental and English styles is helpful, but isn’t necessary.

Video how-to
Demonstration video of two-handed brioche stitch in action:

Suggested cast-on methods
The lateral stretch of brioche ribbing means you need a very stretchy cast-on. Here are some suggestions:

Other resources
“How to purl, Continental-style” photo tutorial