Cushiest Cowl: Fixing a Brioche Mistake
Oh, this Cushiest Cowl Knitalong has been a fast dash with a new technique. How’s everybody doing?
My Cushiest Cowl was cranking along, coming together really fast, and I felt pretty smug until I flipped it inside out and found multiple instances of . . .
These weirdies happened when I forgot a yarnover, when I switched colors all wrong, when I did some weird thing that involved knitting a stitch flat-out wrong.
I’m no perfectionist, but I did want to see if I could fix a stitch.
Our basic recommendation for fixing brioche mistakes is simple: tink your knitting back to the error, fix it, and knit as fast as you can back to where you were so you can forget it ever happened.
But when you see a simple mistake after the fact, it’s time for a bit of surgery.
This sad little white stitch is a yarnover that didn’t happen.
These happen usually on the back side of your brioche and therefore are hard to catch in the moment. Good news: it’s easy to drop down to put it back where it belongs.
Step 1: Go to the top stitch of the column where the offending stitch happened.
Step 2: Drop that stitch, but do not yank the stitch too hard. You’ll see that you can drop the stitches in the column without undoing all the “shawls” in the contrasting color—the yarn that drapes around a stitch. Here, it’s just the black stitches that are unhooking.
I used my crochet hook to slip under each stitch to unfasten it from the one below it. A little tug is all it takes.
Step 4: The repair. Move the sad little white stitch behind the black stitch it’s sitting on. Now the white stitch is a “shawl,” wrapped behind its black stitch just the way it’s supposed to be.
Step 5, with no photo because I got so excited that I just went for it: Reconnect all the loose black stitches, one by one, with your crochet hook. When you get to the top, be sure that the black stitch is hooked back onto your needle with the correct white “shawl” yarnover in place. Look at the adjacent stitches to make sure you’ve got the stitch back in place properly.
This was actually good fun to do. It took only a minute or two once I understood the anatomy of these stitches.
Some brioche errors are harder to fix than this one. Not gonna lie: at the end of a round there was some crazy thing with yarn going through a loop willynilly whatever, so I called it Character and moved on.