To help you understand how to knit the two color brioche in the round, we have prepared this tutorial including three videos: the brioche knit in the round, the increases and decreases in brioche. The brioche stitch is a really nice knit to look at, touch and wear. Knitted in a two-tone version, it has ribs with reversible colors for a knit that can be worn on the right side as well as on the wrong side! The brioche stitch results in a soft knit, thicker and therefore warmer than an ordinary knit.
If you are one of those who do not like to knit in short rows or prefer to avoid double heels (involving rows to decrease) to maintain the same number of stitches and thus maintain the uniform appearance of the color of the hand dyed yarn or SELF-STRIPINGᵐᶜyarn, you will be conquered by the added heel, better known as the "Afterthought heel".
The added heel is a heel that you knit last: you knit a long tube and where you want to knit the heel, you knit the stitches with a contrasting thread that will be removed later to work the heel.
I invite you to watch the video below to understand how to knit a heel added in pictures:
Once you have opened your sock, you are ready to knit the heel.
How to determine the location of the heel.Since your stock looks like a big tube, it's less natural to determine where to put the heel and the length of the foot before decreasing your foot, especially if you knit your socks from the cuff to the bottom toes.
So if you opt for the method of knitting your cuff to the toes, knit the length of the desired leg before knitting the stitches of the heel with the contrasting yarn. Then knit the identified length using the diagram above and when done, begin to slip the stitches to close the toe.Regardless of whether you knit a top down (cuff down) or bottom up (toe-up), the added heel is knit in the same way: knit the heel round, decreasing the stitches every other row the same way you do when you finish the foot by the toes, as follows:When starting the rounds in the corner (ankle) of the heel, knit 1, decrease 1, continue to knit until the last 3 stitches remain before reaching half the turn (the opposite angle to the one marking the beginning of the round), knit 2 stitches together, knit 1. Repeat for the second half of the round.
Knit a round all the way.
Repeat these 2 rounds until you have reduced half of the stitches (or to the desired length.)
Bind off the stitches using the grafting method or similar method.
This is a way of knitting the stitches back and forth without knitting to the end of the row, which means that there are stitches remaining at the end of the row when you turn the knit.
The short rows are used to adjust the volume of the knit: either to create a relief in a knit, such as for the hollow of the heel in a sock, for example, or to change the shape / direction of a flat knit.
First of all, since this method assures us that we get two completely identical socks and also 2 because we eradicate "the second sock syndrome" !! Because knitting a sock is good but knitting two is better...