This post is sponsored by Red Heart Yarns
What is Brioche Knitting?
Brioche knitting is the result of a clever use of yarn overs and slipped stitches. When you pair these elements (yarn overs and slipped stitches) in a certain repeated order, the result is a squishy and stretchy knitted fabric.
I find that brioche knitting is perfect for a range of projects. The resulting fabric is reversible (it looks the same on both sides) and it doesn’t curl like other knit stitches. When you’re searching for a stitch to incorporate in a project that should be warm, flexible and/or reversible, brioche knitting is probably the way to go!
For my demonstrations today I’ll be using Red Heart Scrubby Smoothie yarn, a new favorite cotton to the Scrubby Line. Unlike it’s Scrubby cousins, Smoothie is a smooth cotton that is softer than many of the cotton yarns I have worked with in the past. It has great stitch definition and is incredibly easy to work with.
I personally love to pair the single color brioche stitch with a variegated yarn. You can create lots of visual interest this way with no extra effort on your part! Two color brioche knitting is pretty incredible but when you’re just starting out, single color brioche knitting is the place to start and if you’re not keen on a single color, Scrubby Smoothie to the rescue!
How to Start Brioche Knitting
Brioche knitting does have a reputation of being difficult. Some variations of brioche knitting are rather complex, however, entry level brioche knitting is nothing to fear!
Single color brioche knitting is the perfect place to start to work your way to the more complex and breathtaking variations of the stitch. That’s what we’ll have a look at today. I want you to learn the basics first – the stitches involved and the wonderful fabric it creates.
You’ll be brioche knitting in no time!
That’s it! To demonstrate just how easy single color brioche knitting can be, I’ve prepared a video tutorial that will walk you through these steps and as a bonus, I’ll show you how to “tink” (reverse knit or undo your stitches) if you make a mistake!
I recommend you take a look at my video, Single Color Brioche Knitting first and then follow up with the written instructions below. It’s much easier to see a technique, get a feel for it and then make the connection with the written pattern!
This tutorial is also available in a left-handed version. Click on the link below to be directed to the left-handed tutorial on YouTube.
Practice Makes Perfect
The brioche stitch is perfect for building on the foundation of knits and purls you’re already pro at. Basically, this is where you go when you’re looking for something new and a little challenging but still fulfill that inner desire to only try what you know you can succeed at.
To that end, don’t worry if you feel like it hasn’t clicked after watching the tutorial the first time. You’re learning a couple of techniques that are quite different from what you’re used to and you’ll likely find yourself fighting the urge to purl rather than to slip one purlwise!
Make a few swatches first and once you feel you have a rhythm, try a simple project like a scarf. You don’t even need a pattern for this! All you have to do is cast on an odd number of stitches with your favorite color of Scrubby Smoothie and keep knitting until it’s as long as you’d like. Easy peasy!
Brioche Knitting Pattern
It’s always a great idea to familiarize yourself with the written instructions when you learn a new stitch. Even though there are a ton of tutorials at your disposal, learning to read a written pattern will make sure that your creativity is never limited.
Watch the tutorial again, only this time follow along with the written instructions below so you can start training your eye to make the connection between what you’re reading and what you need your fingers to do. Now that I think about it, it’s kind of like reading sheet music!
- BRK – Brioche Knit
- K – Knit
- Rep – Repeat
- Sl1p – Slip One Purlwise
- YO – Yarn Over
Cast on an odd number of stitches.
Row 1 (set up row): K. *YO, Sl1p, k. Rep from * to end of row.
Row 2: K. *BRK, YO, Sl1p. Rep from * to last st. K last st.
Row 3: K. *YO, Sl1p, BRK. Rep from * to last st. K last st.
Repeat rows two and three until your project reaches desired length.
I’m here to help!
If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comment section below and I’ll respond as quickly as possible.
Also, I do highly recommend that you try Red Heart Scrubby Smoothie. Not just because they are my sponsor for this resource but because it really is a great everyday cotton. It is available in a vibrant array of color options from solids to prints and it’s totally affordable. You can buy Red Heart Scrubby Smoothie at many craft stores and of course, directly from Red Heart.