Okay, after hearing the Rave Reviews of the Brioche Stitch's many virtues I decided to try to make a set of dishcloths with it. I know the stitch pattern is Sl1 purlwise, yo, k2tog. Well, here's where the questions start... I've watched countless videos on YouTube of English knitters doing the stitch with the yarn in front and doing some kind of funky X lookin' wrap around both needles when doing the k2tog. Unfortunately, I can't find a single video of someone knitting this stitch in continental and the English video is just not making any sense to me. So, I dug in and tried doing the stitch, I mean how hard can it be? That was my first mistake.
I've frogged this same 45st washcloth at least 10 times trying to get the brioche stitch to look like anything I've seen pictured.
So here are my questions:
1) Does anyone know of a specific video of Brioche being done by a continental knitter that you could link me to?
2) If not, can someone attempt to explain the hand motions used by a continental knitter to knit this stitch?
3) Failing those two things can someone refer me to some other resource to get this sorted out?
4) Do you perhaps have any advice/suggestions on how to make this stitch work the way it's supposed to? i.e. a soft cushy, fluffy, stretchy, plush stitch? For some reason mine keeps turning out really knotty lookin', not soft at all, not stretchy, and no matter what I do with my tension I'm having the dickens of a time getting my needle into the two knit stitches for the k2tog. (It feels like I'm trying to put a size 15 into a size 3 stitch.)
Thanks very much for any help you can offer.