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Midweek Masterclass: How to knit brioche stitch part 3 - casting off

In part three of Jen Arnall-Culliford's brioche stitch masterclass, she shows you how to cast off in two colours.

26th April 2017

For part one of Jen's brioche stitch masterclass, click here. For part two, click here.

In our previous masterclasses, we looked at casting on in two-colour brioche stitch, and working the fabric. Here, we finish off our exploration of brioche by showing you how to cast off in two colours.

Casting off

To create an edge that exactly matches the two-colour Italian cast-on edge featured last issue, work a Kitchener Stitch Cast-Off (also known as the Italian Cast-Off). First, thread a length of yarn four times the width of the piece of knitting to be casted off onto a tapestry needle. With RS facing (and before working either of the RS rows), work as follows:

1 Pass the tapestry needle purlwise through the first stitch and pull through, leaving the stitch on needle.

2 Going behind the first stitch, pass the tapestry needle from front to back between the first and second stitches, and then go knitwise into the second stitch (3) (first purl stitch), shown here from the back. Pull through, leaving the stitch on the needle.

How to knit brioche Part 3 Steps 1-3

4 Pass the tapestry needle knitwise through the first stitch and drop this stitch, then (5) go purlwise into the third stitch (these are both knit stitches), going through both the stitch and its yarnover. Pull through, leaving the third stitch on the needle.

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6 Pass the tapestry needle purlwise through the first stitch on the needle and drop this stitch, then remaining behind the second stitch, pass the tapestry needle between the second and third stitches (7) and go knitwise through the third stitch and its yarnover (8) (both the first and third stitches are purl stitches), shown here from the back. Pull the yarn through, leaving the third stitch on the needle.

How to knit brioche Part 3 Steps 7-9

9 Pass the tapestry needle knitwise through first stitch and its yarnover and drop this stitch, then (10) go purlwise into the third stitch going through both the stitch and its yarnover. Pull through, leaving the third stitch on the needle. Repeat steps 6 to 10 to last the 5 sts, then work steps 6-8 once more. 3 sts remain.

How to knit brioche Part 3 Steps 10-12

11 Pass the tapestry needle knitwise through the first stitch and its yarnover and drop this stitch (12), then (13) go purlwise through final stitch. Pull yarn through, leaving the final stitch on the needle.

How to knit brioche Part 3 Steps 13-15

14 Pass the tapestry needle purlwise through the first stitch and drop this stitch, then (15) go knitwise through the final stitch, dropping this stitch. To finish, weave in ends down the purl columns of the same colour. I do hope that you’ve enjoyed this introduction to brioche stitch - there are masses of beautiful and strangely addictive patterns out there to explore!

How to knit brioche Part 3 Finished edges

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