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How to Knit the Brioche Stitch

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This video knitting tutorial will help you learn how to knit the brioche stitch. This reversible pattern creates a thick, lofty, stretchy fabric, that looks similar to a 1×1 rib. It is a great choice for hats, scarves, and sweaters.

Skill: Easy

Cast On: Multiples of 2 + 1

For this pattern you will need to know the following techniques:

Brioche Knit – brk

Slip Stitch Yarn Over – sl1yo

Yarn Forward – yf


Prep row: *Yf, sl1yo, k1; rep from * to end.

Row 1: K1, *Yf, sl1yo, brk; rep from * to end.

Row 2: *Yf, sl1yo, brk; rep from * to end.

Repeat rows 1 – 2 until you have reached your desired length.

After a few repeats your pattern should look like this:

Example of the Brioche Stitch

Example of the Brioche Stitch



  1. C

    December 3, 2012

    This is not working for me in the least. I knit a swatch of fisherman’s rib as per your instructions to compare and this brioche doesn’t come close to matching. I just read somewhere that the cast on should be a multiple of 3. I’d been working with 11 or 13. What do you think about that? Could that be my problem? Must the stitch number be a multiple of 3 and not just odd?

    • Johnny Vasquez

      December 7, 2012

      Fisherman’s Rib and “some” brioche stitches use a similar construction (i.e. using a knit 1 below). that is not the case with the traditional brioche stitch. Fisherman’s rib is very lofty, but also more dense. The brioche stitch is much more stretchy and squishy.

      All rib stitches should be cast on using a multiple of 2 + 1. This will result in a symmetrical rib, starting and ending with the same type of stitch. However, I’m not sure how the cast on would be effecting the finished fabric. An even number of stitches would just mean that you’d end on the opposite stitch from which you started (knit verses a purl).

      Does that help?

  2. Teresa

    December 21, 2012

    Thank you for this useful video. If I use this brioche stitch to make button bands, how can I bind this off? Is there a special methode of binding off for this stitch? Thank you for your answer.

    • Johnny Vasquez

      December 23, 2012

      You can just bind off in pattern, the same you would for any ribbing. I would knit and purl the stitches without the yarn overs for the last row, then do the bind off. Does that make sense?


    March 24, 2013

    Thanks by send me this video. I am knitting a scarf right now!!! I want to learn brioche stitch variations. Thank you!! yor are great!

  4. Julie

    May 25, 2013

    Love this website, always have and always will!! knitting all year round learning from your tutorials! Thank you :)

    • Johnny Vasquez

      May 31, 2013


      • Pam

        June 2, 2013

        I’m so happy I found your video on the brioche stitch! I’ve tried learning it from books and other videos and just got more and more confused. Finally, now I can do this stitch. Thank you! My only problem is that I can’t figure out how to fix it when I make a mistake and have to rip it out. It messes up the pattern. Do you have a video that shows how to do that?

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