The brioche stitch is a wonderful reversible stitch that particularly serves any scarf or afghan projects that you may be thinking about undertaking.
The brioche stitch (also known as the English Rib) gives a ribbed appearance on both sides of the fabric. Knitting with a brioche stitch will create a very dense and stretchy item of knitting, perfect for scarves, hats or a knit blanket!
Depending on the type of yarn and project you are undertaking it may be wise to knit a test swatch as this type of stitch will consume more yarn than usual and may stretch on washing.
So, what is a brioche stitch? A brioche stitch is actually a very simple and fast stitch to do, comprised of two alternating knitting stitches – the purl slip stitch and knitting two together. So grab your needles and some wool yarn & let’s get started with the more detailed instructions and chart below!
Cast on the required number of EVEN stitches for your project, begin knitting the set-up row with a slip stitch purlwise (with yarn forward) followed by a knit stitch (with yarn forward). Repeat until the end of the row.
Begin the first of the pattern rows with a slip stitch purlwise (with yarn forward) followed by knitting two stitches together (with yarn forward). Repeat until the end of the row.
Repeat the pattern rows and continue till you have the desired size.
SU row: *yfwd, S1 yfwd, k; repeat from * to end
Row 1: *yfwd, S1 yfwd, k2tog; repeat from * to end
Repeat row 1 to desired length.