Brioche Stitch: Basic Decrease | Purl Soho

Below, you will find two tutorials…

  • Left Leaning Brioche Decrease: bsk2p
  • Right Leaning Brioche Decrease: bk3tog

Notes

When working basic decreases in Brioche Stitch, you will always be decreasing two stitches at a time in order to preserve the rib pattern.

When counting stitches in Brioche Stitch, yarnovers are not included in the stitch count; they are paired with a knit or purl stitch (only when working in the round), and the pair of knit/yarnover or purl/yarnover are counted as a single stitch. The stitch pattern will produce a very pronounced rib; count only the purl and knit columns when counting stitches.

Left Leaning Brioche Decrease: bsk2p

To make a left leaning decrease in brioche stitch, work up to the marked knit column that you’d like to slant; it will have a yarnover paired with it. Slip this stitch and its yarnover together knitwise, k2tog (a purl stitch followed by a knit stitch and its paired yarnover), pass the slipped stitch and its yarnover together over and off the right needle. (2 stitches decreased)

And now, for the above instructions, broken down step-by-step…

Brioche Stitch: Basic Decrease | Purl Soho

Work up to the marked knit column that you’d like to slant; it will have a yarnover paired with it.

Brioche Stitch: Basic Decrease | Purl Soho

Slip this stitch and its yarnover together knitwise…

Brioche Stitch: Basic Decrease | Purl Soho

bring the yarn over the right needle to the back of your work…

Brioche Stitch: Basic Decrease | Purl Soho

k2tog (a purl stitch followed by a knit stitch and its paired yarnover)…

Brioche Stitch: Basic Decrease | Purl Soho

insert the tip of your left needle into the slipped stitch and its yarnover from back to front…

Brioche Stitch: Basic Decrease | Purl Soho

pass the slipped stitch and its yarnover together over and off the right needle.

Brioche Stitch: Basic Decrease | Purl Soho

You have decreased 2 stitches.

Right Leaning Decrease: bk3tog

To make a right leaning decrease in brioche stitch, work up to the knit column before the marked knit column you’d like to slant; it will have a yarnover paired with it. K2tog (the next knit stitch with its paired yarnover, and the following purl stitch), slip the resulting stitch back to the left needle, pass the following stitch (a knit stitch and its paired yarnover) over the first stitch on the left needle and off the left needle, move the resulting stitch back to the right needle. (2 stitches decreased)

And now, for the above instructions, broken down step-by-step…

Brioche Stitch: Basic Decrease | Purl Soho

Work up to the knit column before the marked column you’d like to slant; it will have a yarnover paired with it.

Brioche Stitch: Basic Decrease | Purl Soho

K2tog (the next knit stitch with its paired yarnover, and the following purl stitch)…

Brioche Stitch: Basic Decrease | Purl Soho

slip the resulting stitch back to the left needle…

Brioche Stitch: Basic Decrease | Purl Soho

insert the right needle purlwise into the following stitch (a knit stitch and its paired yarnover)…

Brioche Stitch: Basic Decrease | Purl Soho

pass the following stitch (a knit stitch and its paired yarnover) over the first stitch on the left needle and off the left needle…

Brioche Stitch: Basic Decrease | Purl Soho

move the resulting stitch back to the right needle. You have decreased 2 stitches.

Brioche Stitch: Basic Decrease | Purl Soho

Our Brioche Vest is pictured above (and below), featuring basic left-leaning and right-leaning brioche decreases.

Brioche Stitch: Basic Decrease | Purl Soho