• Jekaterina Dmitrijeva

Double-stitch short rows in brioche knitting

Inspired by E-ca knits Instagram post.


Double-stitch short rows method allows you to create almost invistible short rows in brioche knitting. You can use them in one color or two color brioche, with main or contrast color.


For my sample I used two color brioche, brown is my main color and pink - contrast color. Initial number of stitches is 35, 33 brioche stitches + 2 selvege stitches.


After working several full rows, the first short row will be to 7 stitches before end of row and I will make it from both sides as it would in shaping the shoulder drop in back. Then I will make 2 more short rows on each side - 2 stitches before previous turn.


You will need 2 same size needles (DPNs or cable needles).


Used Abbreaviations

CC - contrast color

MC - main color

RS - right side

st(s) - stitch(es)

WS - wrong side


Short row 1 (RS). Double brioche knit stitch:

Using MC, work in Brioche st to 7 sts before end of row. Next st is brioche knit (in MC).

Before first double-stitch is made

Step 1: Insert the needle one row below the next stitch on the left-hand needle from front to the back (as if to knit):

Insert the needle one row below as if to knit

Step 2: Grab the working yar and pull though as if to knit:

The new loop on the needle

Step 3: place the new loop on the left-hand needle.

From right to left: two sts and yarnover = they will be treated as a one st with yarnover

The double-stitch was just made. MC yarn thread remains behind the work.


Step 4: Transfer remaining stitches including the double st to additional needles (as I use DPNs, I just leave the sts as they are and take another needle to work with).


Step 5: Move the stitches on the main needle to the beginning again and work then in CC to end of main needle. CC yarn thread also remains behind the work.


Step 6: Turn work.

Note: when you start working the next row with MC, make sure you pull thread just enough so both your double-stitch loops are equal in size.


Short row 2 (WS). Double brioche purl stitch:

Using MC, work to 7 sts before end or row. Next st is brioche purl.

First st on left-hand needle - brioche purl before double-stitch is made

Transfer the yarn thread to the front of your work.

Step 1: Insert the needle one row below the next st from back of the work.

Insert the needle one row below the next st from back of the work

Step 2: Grab the yarn and pull through and make a loop in the back of the knitting (as if it would be purl st).

Pulled purl stitch

Step 3: Place the made loop to the left-hand needle. Your MC yarn thread remains in the front of the work.

From right to left: two sts and yarnover = they will be treated as a one st with yarnover

Step 4: Transfer remaining sts including double-stitch to the additional needle.


Step 5: Move the stitches on the main needle to the beginning again and work then in CC to end of main needle.


Step 6: Turn work.


Short row 3 (RS)

Using MC, work to 2 sts before previous turn. The next st is brioche knit.

Repeat Steps 1-6 from Short row 1.


Short row 4 (WS)

Using MC, work to 2 sts before previous turn. The next st is brioche purl.

Repeat Steps 1-6 from Short row 2.


For my sample I will repeat Short rows 3-4 once more.

All double-stitches are created. On side needles they are 1st, 3rd and 5th sttiches from main needle (in the middle).

Note: From creation and resolving perspective there is not difference if you make double-stitches in MC or in CC. The importart is that they are resolved in the same color as they are created. E.g., if the double-stitches are made in CC, on the resolving row in MC they are treated as one stitch and slipped with yarnover (when working sl1yo).

From practical experience, in CC made double-stitches are less visible due to texture of brioche stitch.


Resolving double-stitches

Last short row (RS)

Using MC, work in brioche st to end of main needle. Then continue working from additional needle: work in established pattern, working brioche knit on double-stitch as it would be usual brioche knit with the yarnover.

Move the stitches on the main needle to the beginning again and work then in CC to end of main needle.


Full row (WS)

Using MC, work in brioche st to end of main needle. Then continue working from additional needle: work in established pattern, working brioche knit on double-stitch as it would be usual brioche knit with the yarnover.

Move the stitches on the main needle to the beginning again and work then in CC to end of main needle.


Finished short rows

I moved my sample to cable so it's shape would be more visible.

Resolved double-stitches from right side

Look from WS:

Resolved double-stitches fro wrong side

Happy knitting,

Kate

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