The official Field Guide 21: Brioche Knitalong

Love the Scandinavian colorways

Death grip, oh yeah, I did that. :slight_smile:

Yes! I wasn’t paying attention to the yarn placement at the beginning and ending of rows and that was really causing me some issues. Watching the video helped me realize what I was doing incorrectly.

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Natural and mouse will be really wearable - and the contrast is gorgeous!

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First time in The Lounge and first MDK KAL I always enjoy learning new stitches and brioche is now a favorite!

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@KristinTheCatsMom Brain is engaged, I like that. Good description of this. It isn’t hard, nor does it require full attention, but it also isn’t mindless. Engaged is the term!

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Love this color combo! I think I need to start a 3rd one with some variegated yarn! It’s just beautiful!

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Thanks! It’s stash I could grab. 99.99% of my yarn and tools are on Pods somewhere, heading from my old home to a new one halfway across the country. I should have set up mail drops so MDK could get me some Atlas to try … next month! I’m loving all the reports on the yarn, and loving the colorways.

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I feel so inept! I’ve watched the videos over and over, thought I was doing the right thing and then I’m totally messed up and have to rip it out and start again. True, I’m recovering from hip replacement surgery and my mind isn’t as sharp as it should be but I’m ready to give up. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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Oh, don’t give up! Just practice. Take one stitch at a time. After awhile you’ll get the rhythm. Relax, it’s not a race to finish. Hope your recovery goes well.

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@mollgillster these colors are amazing! May need to make a second cowl.

2littletime, Thank you SO much for posting this. I truly thought I was the only one in the universe that STILL can’t get it right. In my case I can do the stitches fine but I just cannot get the end of round right - I always have one extra loop. I have read the instructions at least 1,000 times and watched the video over and over. I was sure that now, on my 10th (? maybe - lost track) try I was going to get it. And YES I’m dropping the working yarn to the front at the end of the round. It looks better than it did on earlier tries, but I have to slip off that extra loop each time so it’s… messy.
I’ve wanted to learn brioche for a long time, but I haven’t been this frustrated by a new stitch in many years. Usually I learn new stitches and patterns fairly easily; after a little practice it’s all good. One wonders why I don’t give up. Stubbornness. But I guess I’ve reached my limit, finally.
Sorry for the rant. Can you tell I’m exasperated?

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I don’t know if it’s the same issue you’re having, but the first time I did brioche, I kept losing the yo on my last stitch, which messed me up. I started using a locking stitch marker to attach the last yo to the stitch, then move onto the color 2 round. That helped me until I got into the rhythm.

The other advice I got when I first learned brioche was, it looks wrong and horrible until you’re a few rows in. The MDK cowl is my first brioche in a few years and thank goodness I remembered that, because I was convinced til the 3rd repeat of color A that it looked wrong. So if you’re looking at cast on, setup rows, and the first repeat of A and B, and thinking “I’ve messed up,” just do another repeat or two of each color— you might very well be just fine.

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Progress so far, using Cedar and Peat:

First time knitting with Atlas, and it’s nice and lofty! I love both these colors but I have to admit that together, they’re giving me more of a 70s vibe than I intended :rofl:

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I am with you 100% on this. This is the hardest thing I’ve done in knitting, I think, and it seems it is with that last stitch. I wish the video had taken more time on that last stitch. That said, I’m finally starting to see the pattern emerge on most of the round. I have some mistakes and maybe I’ll be able to find a video that shows how to fix them.

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I do think that is where my problem has been. Now, I’ve just kept going and will deal with that messiness later or never. Pattern is emerging😊

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p.s. Sorry to go on; I should confess that my crankiness today has more to do with the SCOTUS than with brioche.

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Do it in short sections one or two rows at a time. Don’t worry about frogging and starting over. I redid one section six times before I got it right.

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Found this yarn at a fiber festival and loved the way the two colors blended. It is hand dyed, so will be one of a kind. It will be a day of sunshine this winter.

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Underway! So far, so good! I’m in love with this Atlas yarn :heart:

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