Brioche knitting (which creates a type of fluffy, thick knit) is something I’d been avoiding for years. Maybe because it’s got a French name? Maybe because said name made it seem like it would involve some crazy hard technique that could only be accomplished by continental style knitters who were skilled at knitting upside down and maybe partially submerged in water? Really, I was under the assumption that brioche knitting was something reserved for the fanciest, most skilled knitters among us.
Turns out, brioche knitting is actually totally easy, and you can knit a basic brioche project even if you’re only capable of knitting, yarn over, and knit 2 together. You don’t even have to know how to purl, people! (The level to which I facepalmed upon this realization was remarkable.)
How to do a basic brioche stitch: right handed, then left handed
Righties, watch this.
Lefties, holler at this one.
See? SO very FACEPALMINGLY easy! Now that you’ve mastered the basic brioche stitch in 15 minutes flat, why not put it to use by knitting up a super simple, lush and fluffy cowl that breathes just enough for fall? Here’s the pattern promised in the videos for knitting up a brioche stitch cowl.
Brioche Cowl Knitting Pattern
2 skeins Lion Brand Landscapes® yarn (I used the boardwalk colorway.)
size 10 knitting needles
CO – cast on
brk – brioche knit
YO – yarn over
slip – slip stitch purlwise
Never done a provisional cast on? Check out this tutorial.
CO 34 sts provisional style
row 1. YO, slip 1, knit 1 across
rows 2 through end. YO, slip 1, brk 1
Join ends with CO end using a kitchener stitch.
Never used a kitchener (a.k.a. grafting) stitch? Check out my tutorial on how to do it in this post. Note: Since the kitchener stitch isn’t as fluffy as the brioche stitch, the stitches will lie in pattern with the rest of the cowl, but as you can see, it will be less fluffy than the rest of the cowl.
Like I said, brioche knitting is super easy. If you’re a newer knitter or don’t find brioche knitting as easy to pick up as I did, let me know in the comments – I’m absolutely happy to answer any questions you have! Happy knitting, friends!
The yarn pictured in this tutorial was provided free of charge by the manufacturer, Lion Brand Yarn.