Grafting brioche rib
If you love brioche knitting as I do, there will be times when you want to graft some brioche ends together. This can be a tricky feat, but by using contrast-color scrap-yarn guides, you can eliminate all the guess work, and just follow the colored road.
This photo tutorial is for grafting brioche head to tail (starting end to finishing end).
(In the following photos, the swatch shown was worked over an odd number of stitches, with slip stitches on each end.)
Prepare the beginning of the project for grafting.
With a contrast color of scrap yarn and using provisional method, cast on the number of stitches desired. In the picture above, this cast on row is in white yarn. (Crochet chain is in purple).
With a second piece of scrap yarn in another contrast color (green shown here) work a WS brioche setup row as follows: Sl1, k1, [slyo, k1] to last st, sl1.
With working yarn, begin and complete brioche project, leaving one full row (2 passes across fabric) left to complete. End after a WS row.
Prepare the end of the project for grafting.
Cut a long tail of the working yarn to a length of six times the fabric width, plus an extra six inches or so, and thread onto tapestry needle for grafting.
WIth WS facing, and using the second color of contrast scrap yarn, thread the scrap yarn through the stitches that present as knit stitches.
Turn fabric to front, ready to work a RS row.
Position the two ends, with the beginning stitches above; and the ending stitches, still on the needles, below; both with RS's facing.
Important note: When grafting, work loosely, as it is much easier to tighten loose stitches than to loosen tight ones.
The first pass.
At fabric end: draw threaded needle purlwise through first stitch.
At fabric beginning: Following the path of the white yarn, draw needle behind both legs of the first stitch as shown.
At fabric end: Draw needle knitwise (into the front of the stitch and out the back) through first stitch and remove stitch.
* Repeat begins here.
Beginning: Following the path of the white yarn, draw needle behind both legs of the wide green V in the purl column as shown.
End: Remove purl stitch from left needle.
End. Draw needle purlwise through both strands of the next knit stitch.
Beginning: Following the path of the white yarn, draw needle behind both legs of the next knit stitch as shown.
End: Draw needle knitwise through both strands of the knit stitch and remove stitch.
Repeat from * to end.
Working across row from right to left, even out graft stitches (highlighted here in pink) so that they are the same size as those above them. The stitches below them will look too big right now, but they will snug up after the next pass is made.
Remove white contrast color scrap yarn and crochet chain.
The second pass.
Turn fabric to WS.
End: Ignoring slip-stitch edge, draw threaded needle purlwise through first knit stitch.
Beginning: Following the path of the green yarn, draw needle behind both legs of the first knit stitch as shown.
End: Draw needle knitwise through knit stitch.
* Repeat begins here.
Beginning: Following the path of the green yarn, draw needle up behind the two right legs in the purl column as shown.
Beginning: Following the path of the green yarn, draw needle down behind the two left legs in the purl column as shown.
End: Draw needle purlwise through the next knit stitch.
Beginning: Following the path of the green yarn, draw needle behind both legs of the next knit stitch as shown.
End: Draw needle knitwise through the knit stitch.
Repeat from * to end.
Remove scrap yarn.
Working from beginning of row to end, even out stitches.
Here's the same piece from the other side.
Looks pretty good, doesn't it!!
Basic Brioche Abbreviations
brk - brioche knit: Knit next double-stranded stitch with both strands together, as if it were one stitch.
brp - brioche purl: Purl next double-stranded stitch with both strands together, as if it were one stitch.
slyo - create a yarnover while at the same time slipping a stitch: Ytf, sl 1 (purlwise), bring ytb above the needle so that it crosses diagonally over the top of the slipped stitch.
Notes on the slyo: The slyo results in a double-stranded stitch (the slipped stitch together with its yarnover will form a narrow "X" above the needle) and those double strands will be worked together on the next row or round - either as a brk or brp, or as part of an increase or decrease.
Depending on ones knitting method, the slip and the yarnover portions may be worked nearly simultaneously.
- When the slyo is worked before a knit or brk stitch, the yo is a partial yarnover, moving just from front to back above the needle, ready to work the knit stitch.
- When the slyo is worked before a purl or brp stitch, the yo forms a complete yarnover - moving from front to back above the needle, then to the front under the needle ready to work the purl stitch.
More Resources: These terms are just a few basics. For a comprensive guide to all things brioche, see Nancy Marchants lovely website: www.briochestitch.com.