Brioche Stitch

The Brioche Knitting Stitch Pattern

About this Stitch Pattern

The Brioche Stitch is a thick, lofty, ribbed knitting stitch pattern. Its loose knit gives brioche fabric an enormous amount of stretch, and its unique constructions makes for a super soft end product. Made using an interlocking technique, knitting stitches from the previous row together with the current row, there’s truly nothing like the brioche stitch. It’s one of the most beautiful and simple looking knitting stitches out there.

Use the brioche stitch in scarves and cowls, or in a lovely ribbed hat.

[VIDEO] Stitch Pattern Tutorial

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Techniques Used In This Stitch Pattern

Brioche Knit Stitch – Knit the stitch that was slipped in the previous row together with its yarn over
Slip One, Yarn Over – Bring the working yarn under the needle to the front of the work, slip the next stitch purlwise, then bring the yarn over the needle (and over the slipped stitch) to the back, in position to work the following stitch.
With Yarn In Front

Stitch Pattern Details

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Row Count


Stitch Repeat

Multiples of 2 + 1

Stitch Pattern Instructions

Cast On: Multiples of 2 + 1

    • Prep row: *Wyif, sl1yo, k1; rep from * to end.
    • Row 1: K1, *Wyif , sl1yo, brk; rep from * to end.
    • Row 2: *Wyif , sl1yo, brk; rep from * to end.

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

Stitch Pattern Swatch Photos

Stitch Pattern Characteristics


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10 thoughts on “Brioche Stitch

  1. C says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

    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 says:

      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?

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  5. says:

    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!

  6. Julie says:

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

      • Pam says:

        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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