How to knit brioche stitch

Midweek Masterclass: How to knit brioche stitch part 2 - work a brioche stitch set-up row

In part two of Jen Arnall-Culliford's brioche stitch masterclass, she shows you how to work the set-up row before you get started on your main brioche stitching.

29th March 2017

For part one of Jen's brioche stitch masterclass, click here.

Although you may be keen to start on your brioche stitching after casting on, you'll need to work a set-up row first. This is because none of the stitches have the yarnovers required for brioche stitching. Here's how to do it.

Brioche stitch 13-15

Set-up row 1 WS MC 
Purl the first stitch (13). Sl1yo - this means that you slip the next stitch purlwise and at the same time work a yarnover. The slipped stitch and the yarnover count as one stitch and will be worked together on the next row. Purl 1 stitch (14). Repeat this step to the end of the row. Don't turn your knitting, but instead slide the stitches back to the other end of your needle (15).Brioche stitch 16-18Row 1 WS CC
Use CC throughout. Slip the first stitch (16). Brk1 (brioche knit 1) - this means knit together the next stitch along with the yarnover that is covering it. This is sometimes called a 'bark'. Sl1yo - as this is the knit row, you need first to bring your yarn between the needles to the front of the work, then slip the next stitch purlwise and take yarn to the back ready to knit the next stitch. The slipped stitch and the yarnover count as one stitch and will be worked together on the next row. Repeat from Brk1 to the last 2 stitches, then work Sl1yo once more (17). Drop the CC yearn at the back of your work and slip the final stitch. Turn work ready for a RS row (18).

Brioche stitch 19-21Row 2 RS MC
Use MC throughout. Knit the first stitch (19). Sl1yo - as this is the knit row, you need to first bring your yarn between the needles to the front of the work, then slip the next stitch purlwise and take yarn to the back ready to knit the next stitch. Brk1 as before, then repeat from Sl1yo to the last 2 stitches, then work Brk1 once more (20). Knit 1 stitch. Do not turn your knitting, but slide the stitches back to the other end of your needle (21).Brioche stitch 22-24Row 2 RS CC
Use CC throughout. Slip the first stitch (22). Brp1 (brioche purl 1) - this means purl together the next stitch along with the yarnover that is covering it. This is sometimes called a 'burp'! Sl1yo - this means that you slip the next stitch purlwise and at the same time work a yarn over. Repeat from Brp1 to last 2 sts, then work Sl1yo once more (23).Brioche stitch 25-27Row 3 WS MC
Use MC throughout. Purl the first stitch (25). Sl1yo - this means that you slip the next stitch purlwise and at the same time work a yarnover. Brp1 as before, then repeat from Sl1yo and then work Brp1 once more (26). Purl 1 stitch. Do not turn your knitting, but instead slide the stitches back to the other end of your needle (27).

Row 3 WS CC
Use CC throughout, work as Row 1 WS CC. Continue to work rows 2 and 3 until the desired length is achieved, ending with a pair of WS rows.

 Jen

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