How to knit the Broken Brioche Rib stitch pattern
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How to knit the Broken Brioche Rib stitch

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to knit the Broken Brioche Rib Stitch, step by step.

But no worries, it’s not as complicated as real Brioche, nor as time-consuming as good ribs 😉 

It involves only two steps that are repeated all the time, so it is also super easy to memorize.

Honestly, I’m secretly in love with this kind of pattern, which explains why we practiced a couple of lovely variants recently: 

The first one is the Pearl Brioche stitch, which looks very pretty and isn’t difficult at all.

And the second is the Half Brioche stitch, which also has a great texture to it, and is even easier 😉

The Broken Rib stitch is a super fluffy, chunky pattern, perfect for Autumn-Winter garments.

Although the wrong side of the work looks different, it’s also an interesting pattern, similar to the infamous Honeycomb stitch we learned in the past.

Additionally, it’s an eight-row repeat pattern, and the good news is that the first four rows are exactly the same.

The following four rows are also equal; the only difference is that we’ll invert the steps.

Nevertheless, before we take some action, I’d like to share some very, very important:

Tips for knitting the Broken Brioche Rib stitch

My first suggestion is to place a marker showing the odd rows (right side of the work), because we’ll start with a setup row or row “0”, as I call it, and this could prove confusing.

A second recommendation is that you write down which row you just finished. I just write down from 1 to 8, and I cross off as I finish each row.

Thirdly, you’ll get a better result choosing a fuzz-free fiber, plus using sharp-tip needles #ad

The ideal fiber for any type of Brioche Stitch (and this also applies to the English Rib) is cotton, bamboo, or Merino Superwash wool, for example. #ad

Avoid fuzzy fibers such as Alpaca, or Mohair, because all that fluff detracts from the definition of the pattern.

Finally, try not to leave the knitting work before you have finished the entire row.

Trust me… my little woolly, it’s important to complete each row before you drop the project and run away…

Or at the very least… finish the repetition!

So without further ado, grab your needles, and some yarn, and let’s get started!

Broken Brioche Rib knitting stitch pattern. So Woolly.


CO: Cast on

st: Stitch

Sl1pw: Slip one stitch purlwise

P: Purl

K: Knit

P1bo: Purl the next stitch from the row below (from back to front insert the needle into the stitch from the previous row and purl).

RS: Right side of the work

WS: Wrong side of the work

BO: Bind off


The first and the last stitches are selvage stitches: Slip the first purlwise (as if to purl) and knit the last one on each row.

The setup row (row 0) will be worked just once, it won’t be repeated.

Broken Brioche Rib knitting pattern

CO an even number of st.

Setup row (row 0): K1, P to last st, K1

1º, 2º,  3º and 4º rows (RS): Sl1pw, *P1bo, P1*. Repeat from * to *, to last st, K1

5º, 6º, 7º and 8º rows: Sl1pw, *P1, P1bo*. Repeat from * to *, to last st, K1

These last eight rows create the pattern. Repeat them until the desired length is reached.

When finished, BO purlwise after a row 8 (RS).

This is the other side of the work:

Broken Brioche Rib knitting pattern and video tutorial. So Woolly.

Enjoy the video tutorial:

How to knit the Broken Brioche Rib stitch

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

Hugs, and happy brioching!

Carolina – So Woolly

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