My pictures are assuming you are always knitting in the same direction (aka knitting in the round). However, read the steps over and look at the pictures.
|Step 1: Cast On|
Nothing to be said here.
|Step 2. * sl1 (do not knit) yo, k1, *|
a. Do not knit your first peg, but yarn over. Make sure that it is not an e-wrap YO. Make sure your YO looks like the picture below.
b. Knit over the second peg.
c. Repeat a and b for the whole row.
|Step 3. *BRK1, sl1 yo, *|
a. If you remember, you left peg 1's stitch on and did a yarn over. Therefore you had 2 loops on peg 1. Knit loops over. Now peg 1 has only one loop on it. That is a BRK (brioche knit). See the next picture for a BRK.
b. Now, do not knit peg 2, but YO.
c. Repeat a and b.
|BRK - Brioche Knit. So simple.|
|Step 4. * sl1 yo, BRK1|
4. Second Brioche Row! Doesn't this look familiar? Except...
a. Do not knit over peg 1, but YO.
b. If you remember the last row (and you will, if you are working on your knit while you are currently reading this), you peg 2 had 2 loops on it. You know what that means by now (hopefully). Knit them over (BRK).
c. Repeat step a and c.
5. Repeat the pattern.
You keep repeating step 3 and 4. And voila! You should have your brioche stitch.
- Panel knitting - It's really up to you to start your prep row with a yarn over, or to knit your first peg. It is also up to you whether or not you want an even or odd number of stitches, but your edges will be the same if you have an odd number of stitches.
- Working this pattern in colour - Stripes, anyone? To do this, still follow the same steps BUT remember that each peg uses the same colour yarn each row.
- Creating variations of the brioche stitch are by using alternate positions of YOs and BRKs. So, you should be able to learn new stitches. For example, one step of the brioche stitch written is "yf sl1, yo, brk1". You do not need to know "yf sl1" because it means yarn forward, slip one, yarn over for needle knitters. Just know that for a loom knitter, it means that you do not do anything for that peg except yarn over, so that there will be two loops on the peg, and then BRK the next peg.
- However, some brioche stitch variations do not look as eye-catching as they do when you use needles for knitting. This is because you will always have the same amount of tension on pegs. I've tried the pearl brioche stitch on a loom, and it doesn't look as nice.
Please tell me if you have trouble panel knitting brioche!