Working decreases in Brioche Stitch can be daunting, but it’s actually quite simple once you know how! We use a method that creates a clean right or left leaning decrease, while maintaining the stitch pattern of brioche. Here’s a video tutorial for a clear breakdown of each decrease…

Below is a step-by-step photo tutorial of each decrease, along with some helpful notes to keep in mind!

For assistance with more Brioche Stitch techniques, visit our Brioche Stitch: One-Color Brioche + Fixing Mistakes Tutorial and our Brioche Stitch: Two-Color Brioche + Fixing Mistakes Tutorial!

Notes

Decreasing Two Stitches At A Time

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

Counting Stitches

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 knit/yarnover or purl/yarnover pair is counted as a single stitch.

The stitch pattern will produce a very pronounced rib; count only the purl and knit columns when counting stitches.

Abbreviations

Left Leaning Brioche Decrease

bsk2p [brioche slip knit 2 pass]: Slip 1 brioche stitch with its paired yarn over knitwise, k2tog (the next purl stitch with the following knit stitch and its paired yarn over), pass the slip stitch and its paired yarn over together over and off the right needle. [2 stitches decreased]

Right Leaning Brioche Decrease

bk3tog [brioche knit 3 together]: K2tog (the next knit stitch with its paired yarn over and the following purl stitch), slip the resulting stitch back to the left needle, pass the following stitch (a knit stitch and its paired yarn over) 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]

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 yarn over paired with it. Slip this stitch and its yarn over together knitwise, k2tog (a purl stitch followed by a knit stitch and its paired yarn over), pass the slipped stitch and its yarn over together over and off the right needle. (2 stitches decreased)

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

Brioche Stitch: Basic Decreases | Purl Soho

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

Brioche Stitch: Basic Decreases | Purl Soho

Slip this stitch and its yarn over together knitwise…

Brioche Stitch: Basic Decreases | Purl Soho

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

Brioche Stitch: Basic Decreases | Purl Soho

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

Brioche Stitch: Basic Decreases | Purl Soho

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

Brioche Stitch: Basic Decreases | Purl Soho

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

Brioche Stitch: Basic Decreases | 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 yarn over paired with it. K2tog (the next knit stitch with its paired yarn over, and the following purl stitch), slip the resulting stitch back to the left needle, pass the following stitch (a knit stitch and its paired yarn over) 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 Decreases | Purl Soho

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

Brioche Stitch: Basic Decreases | Purl Soho

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

Brioche Stitch: Basic Decreases | Purl Soho

slip the resulting stitch back to the left needle…

Brioche Stitch: Basic Decreases | Purl Soho

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

Brioche Stitch: Basic Decreases | Purl Soho

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

Brioche Stitch: Basic Decreases | Purl Soho

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

Give It A Try

Brioche Stitch: Basic Decreases | Purl Soho

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

Brioche Stitch: Basic Decreases | Purl Soho