How to knit the Brioche stitch pattern
Knitting stitch patterns

How to knit and bind off the Brioche stitch

The Brioche stitch is another classic of the knitting world, and today, I’ll show you how to knit it, and how to bind it off.

Without a doubt, it creates an incredibly spongy fabric, which makes it perfect for Winter garments (similar to the infamous Fisherman’s Rib stitch).

Additionally, it’s a two-row repeat reversible pattern (identical on both sides), so, many knitters love it for scarves.

Although it also looks great on a sweater, using wool yarn, cotton yarn, or their blends (it’s pretty versatile too).

Furthermore, it lays flat, you’ll never ever see it curling, rolling, or bending!

However, it involves a different way of knitting: Almost every stitch has a “partner”; every two stitches you’ll see one stitch “embracing” the next, and then, one “lonely” stitch.

So, it takes time and practice to get used to working two stitches most of the time. But never fear, sooner rather than later, your mind will embrace “Brioche mode”.

Finally, once we feel confident working the Brioche stitch in one color, we’ll take a further step and learn how to do it in two colors 😉

Enough chatting!

Grab your needles, and some yarn, and let’s get busy…


CO: Cast on

RS: Right side

K: Knit

P: Purl

sl1kw: Slip one stitch knitwise or as if to knit

sl1pw: Slip one stitch purlwise or as if to purl

yo: Yarn over

k2tog: Knit two stitches together

BO: Bind off

passo: Pass the last stitch over the next one


The setup row will be made once, and won’t be repeated again.

After the setup row, the odd rows form the RS.

This swatch was knitted in a super soft 100% cotton yarn (worsted weight) #ad

Brioche stitch knitting pattern step by step

Using one of my favorite dpn carbonized bamboo needles (smooth and splinters-free)! #ad

The Brioche stitch knitting pattern

CO an odd number of st.

Setup row: Sl1kw, *yo, sl1pw, K1*. Repeat from * to * to end

Row 1 (RS): Sl1kw, *k2tog, yo, sl1pw*. Repeat from * to * to last 3 st, k2tog, K1

Row 2: Sl1kw, *yo, sl1pw, k2tog*. Repeat from * to * to last 2 st, yo, sl1pw, K1

These last two rows form the pattern. Repeat them until the desired length is reached.

How to bind off the Brioche stitch

Facing the RS: K1, *k2tog, passo, P1, passo*. Repeat from * to *, ending with K1, passo.

Brioche stitch knitting pattern and video tutorial

Enjoy the video tutorial:

How to knit the Brioche stitch

I hope you like it and don’t forget to share the love 😉

You’ll find me on Instagram as @sowoolly

Hugs, and happy knitting <3

Carolina – So Woolly

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