Brioche Stitch


the basic brioche stitch

Brioche stitch is an absolutely fantastic way to create airy, squishy fabric reminiscent of fisherman's rib. Many people are intimidated by the stitch, particularly when faced with 2-colour Brioche knitting, but in reality, once you get to grips with the yarn overs and stick to the basic principles, nothing could be simpler and the result is extremely satisfying...


Any stitches that are slipped, are slipped purlwise unless otherwise stated.

brk (bark) refers to: brioche knit - in which the stitch is knit along with its corresponding yarnover



1. Cast on an even number of stitches using a pair of needles one size larger than you intend to work the remainder of the fabric in.

2. Shows the beginning of the Setup row: with yarn in front, slip 1 stitch purlwise.

3. Yarnover, knit 1. Steps 2 & 3 are continued across to finish the Setup row.


4. Setup row is complete.


5. Row 1 (work across): With yarn in front, slip 1 stitch purlwise.

6 & 7. Brk (bark - knitting the next stitch along with its yarnover counterpart). Repeat 5-7 for the entire first (RS) row.


8. Now turn your work and just repeat Row 1.

Pretty easy huh?! Remember that it will take a few rows for you to begin seeing the rib taking place.


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