Brioche Stitch creates a wonderfully lofty, widely ribbed fabric. People often find it intimidating. Perhaps due to the yarn overs or maybe because of the abbreviations used in the pattern.

Brioche Stitch | Purl Soho

Below is a step-by-step explanation of this surprisingly easy stitch, along with a few helpful notes to keep in mind. Pictured above is our Brioche Scarf.

Notes

Slip all slipped stitches purlwise unless indicated otherwise.

When counting stitches in Brioche Stitch, yarnovers are not included in the stitch count; they are paired with a knit stitch, and the pair of knit/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.

The most basic version of Brioche Stitch is worked over an even number of stitches. This creates an asymmetrical fabric. To create a symmetrical Brioche Stitch fabric, one or more edge, or selvedge, stitches can be added. Below, you can find step-by-step instructions for the basic principals of Brioche Stitch.

Abbreviations + Terms

bk2tog [brioche knit 2 together]: knit next knit stitch together with its paired yarnover

YOS [yarn over slip]: bring yarn forward, slip 1 purlwise, bring yarn over right needle

Pattern

Loosely cast on an even number of stitches.

Set Up Row: *YOS, k1, repeat from * to end of row.

Row 1: *YOS, bk2tog, repeat from * to end of row.

Repeat Row 1.

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

Brioche Stitch | Purl Soho

Loosely cast on an even number of stitches.

Then, work one Set-Up Row.

Set-Up Row: *Bring yarn forward, slip one purlwise…

Brioche Stitch | Purl Soho

bring yarn over right needle…

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knit one…

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repeat from * to end of row.

Then, work Row 1.

Brioche Stitch | Purl Soho
Row 1: *Bring yarn forward, slip one purlwise…

Brioche Stitch | Purl Soho

bring yarn over right needle…

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knit the next stitch together with its paired yarnover, repeat from * to end of row.

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Repeat Row 1.

NOTE: It takes several rows for the rib to take shape.

Brioche Stitch | Purl Soho

Pictured above is our Brioche Vest.