Okay, this is a bit “off topic,” but it’s a recipe — and one I’d like to share with the family, so I’m putting it here on goucher-recipes.info and hope y’all don’t mind. [For those of you reading this on Facebook, Goucher Recipes is the site I started to archive my grandmother’s recipe box.]
For the last few evenings, I’ve worked on this watchcap:
It’s based on Elizabeth Zimmerman’s prime rib or brioche stitch pattern from Knitting Without Tears. I learned this a few years ago and remember making some caps knitting in the round and in two colors. I did the first one with flat knitting, but then experimented with knitting in the round. Since Zimmerman was emphatic that prime rib worked only on flat knitting, I ended up turning the work (odd for knitting in the round) and using the basic stitch pattern both coming and going. I remember writing down how I did that, and I may have credited the two-color scheme to someone else, but I can’t find those notes any more. On the other hand, doing a quick search in Google has turned up links to recipes and tutorials that are far better than anything I would have written. So, enjoy:
- Megan Mills Circular Bicolour Prime Rib (Brioche) Hat — if I were to enter this project in the State Fair competition, I would be so much better off using Megan’s pattern!
- Sara Baldwin’s Prime Rib Dishcloth or Scarf in two colors — flat knitting, but if you find you enjoy the stitch and two colors, this is interesting
- A VideoJug tutorial on How To Knit The Two Color Brioche Stitch In The Round
Here’s a video of what I think Mills means by the ribbed German cast on – http://halalsilks.blogspot.com/2009/02/how-to-knit-basics-rib-cable-cast-on.html
I’ve started a red/white version and will probably leave the cast on alone, but on the *next* one I start, I’ll use this method…
Actually, the twisted German cast on will work, I think, for the hat — at least the way I’ve done it, it is “two sided” to match the dominant colors on the inside/outside of the hat itself.
On the other hand, the ribbed German cast on is what I used for a brioche stitch scarf I’m working on, since I’m assuming the bind-off-in-pattern will match that better — I don’t know of a bind off that would match the twisted cast on.
I’ve got a draft of a post on the scarf — my reinterpretation of the Baldwin article referenced above. If you want early access, let me know.
Okay, I’ve put new comments on Google docs for the time being — see http://docs.google.com/View?id=ddzhjjgr_6fggkvxgm for more pictures of prime rib hats and a scarf along with the instructions for the scarf.
For more on the Brioche Stitch, see this entire web site: http://www.briochestitch.com/
New link for Google Doc: