Distitch gives a beautiful, even and firm selvedge. Full information about four varieties of Distitch selvedges for Garter stitch is given in the previous article.
Here I’ll introduce another three types of DS selvedge. Because of the nature of Brioche stitch, the selvedge technique is modified. Just a reminder: for Garter stitch we have closed and open chains of selvedge stitches, which are achieved by slipping the first stitch purlwise or through the back loop. But with Brioche stitch, slipping the first stitch through the back loop will not result in an open selvedge. To obtain this, the first stitch should be slipped through the back loop twice. Thus we have three types of selvedges for Brioche – twisted, closed and open.
The twisted type of DS selvedge chain is the tightest. The Fringed Brioche scarf featured this twisted selvedge, the free pattern for which is available on Ravelry. This squishy scarf is knitted with the soft merino yarn “Big wool” by Rowan. The choice of bulky yarn makes the scarf a quick enjoyable project that can be finished in 5-6 hours.
In my recent post about the Loop join (the new method of adding and joining yarn) I emphasised that it is essential for the scarf to have a clean finish, because both sides are visible. So, here is an example how the Loop join works. The new yarn is added with no tail to hide – there is no end, only the loop. Instructions how to work the loop can be found here.
The pattern included the instructional video of how to work the scarf and DS selvedge. Here is a very short video:
To create the selvedges with closed and open chains work the first stitch differently: