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 in Boardwalk
size 10 knitting needles
Abbreviations & Terms
CO – cast on
sts – stitches
provisional cast on – Here’s a tutorial.
k – knit
sl1yo – sl1 and yo at the same time (watch the tutorial video in this post if you’re new to brioche and working a sl1yo in brioche)
rep – repeat
brk – brioche knit
p – purl
kitchener stitch – Here’s a tutorial.
CO 34 sts using a provisional cast on.
row 1. k1, *k1, sl1yo; rep from * to last st, k1.
row 2. k1, *brk, sl1yo; rep from * to last st, k1.
Rep row 2 to desired length minus one row.
row 3. k1, *brk, p1; rep from * to last st, k1.
Join ends using a kitchener stitch. Weave in all ends and block to finish.
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 Lion Brand Yarn.