UPDATED: June 12, 2019
I have yet to learn the brioche knitting stitch but it’s on my list of techniques to learn. The concept of working different colour sequences on a reversible knit piece intrigues me.
What Is Brioche Knitting?
According to Wikipedia, “brioche knitting is a family of knitting patterns involving tucked stitches, i.e., yarn overs that are knitted together with a slipped stitch from the previous row. Such stitches may also be made by knitting into the row below and dropping the stitch above.”
Brioche stitch (front on left, back on right) Credit: the Brioche Stitch
Where Did Brioche Knitting Come From?
Nancy Marchant is credited with introducing the brioche stitch “to American knitters with her book Brioche Knitting, inspired by the brioche knitting she found very prevalent in the Netherlands.
The brioche stitch can be used to knit any kind of garment or project that regular knitting can be used for, but will be double-thick. Nancy Marchant standardized brioche-knitting abbreviations and terminology so that knitters worldwide could share patterns and understand the abbreviations.”.
How Difficult is Brioche Knitting?
Apparently, brioche knitting is not hard. If you are comfortable with knit, purl, yarn over, and slipping a stitch, you should be able to pick it up.
Where Can I Learn Brioche Knitting?
I found some great how-to tutorials that seem relatively straight-forward. I hope they help you also.
- To learn how to knit up this stitch pattern, check out Very Pink for a how-to video tutorial.
- If you prefer to follow written instruction, here is a link to the Brioche Stitch blog with one.