How to Knit the Brioche Stitch Pattern

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    Starting Brioche Stitch

    Brioche Stitch Swatch
    After a few rows you can really see how springy and rib-like this stitch is. © Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Brioche stitch is a generic name used for a few different techniques (including this variation and Fisherman's Rib) that all result in a stretchy, squooshy fabric that looks a lot like 1x1 rib.

    No matter how you do it, Brioche is fun to work and easy once you get the hang of it. It's a wonderful, reversible stitch that's great for scarves, washcloths and other projects you want to look good on both sides, or for things you want to have a lot of stretch and softness.

    This version of...MORE Brioche uses a yarn forward -- sort of like a yarn over -- paired with a decrease to add super stretch and warmth.

    It starts with a setup row and, the way I do it, is worked with an odd number of stitches (because I like to do selvedge edges). For the sample shown, I used 15 stitches.

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  • 02 of 04

    Setting up Brioche

    Brioche Stitch Setup Row
    At top, what the yarn forward looks like after you do the first yarn forward, slip 1, knit 1. At bottom, the finished setup row. © Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The first row of Brioche stitch is only done at the beginning of the project. But the way it's done is the same method you'll use throughout the pattern to make the textured ridges.

    Begin as you will every row, with slipping the first stitch (I slip all stitches as if to purl). Bring the yarn to the front of the work as if you were purling.

    Slip the next stitch and then knit the next stitch, with the yarn coming from the front and wrapping over the right-hand needle and up around the back....MORE This leaves a strand of yarn running over the slipped stitch.

    Repeat that sequence — yfwd, sl1, k1 in knitterspeak — across the row.

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  • 03 of 04

    Knitting the First Row

    Brioche Right Side Row
    At top, working the first row of Brioche Stitch. At bottom, the finished row. © Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    From here, there are two rows of Brioche Stitch, which are technically considered one row, strangely enough. One set of stitches is worked on each side, with the corresponding stitches being slipped on each side. So it takes knitting on both sides — typically thought of as two rows -- to complete a circuit of Brioche.

    We'll be slipping stitches and doing yarn forwards again, but this time around we're getting rid of those extra bits of yarn by working decreases.

    To begin row 1 of Brioche,...MORE slip the first stitch, then *knit 2 together, yarn forward, slip 1. Repeat from * across the row to the last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1.

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  • 04 of 04

    Knitting the Second Row

    Brioche Stitch Second Row
    The finished second row of Brioche Stitch. You can already see the pattern forming. © Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The wrong side (such as there is a wrong side in a reversible fabric) of Brioche Stitch is worked in much the same way as the right side, and once you've done a few rows it will become intuitive where you are in the pattern because the yarn forwards are always worked together with the stitch it drapes.

    Begin by slipping the first stitch as usual. Then *yarn forward, slip 1, knit 2 together. Repeat form * across to last 2 stitches, yfwd, sl1, k1.

    Then just repeat these two rows as long as you...MORE want or need to for your project.