Lately I’ve had brioche knitting patterns on the brain. Brioche knitting is a method of knitting that involves creating a series of slipped stitches with yarn overs that are knit on the following row. This stitch can be worked with one or more colors and creates a fabric that is thick, stretchy and warm. Brioche can be a little complicated to get started on, but once you learn this technique you can use it just as you would stockinette stitch and make anything from hats to sweaters.
Here are a few patterns we’ve had our eye on that will take your through many of the skills used in brioche knitting:
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Super Bulky Brioche Cowl
This is a wonderful project to get you started with brioche knitting. Knit on large needles with bulky yarn, this project will work up quickly and, if in the event you make a mistake and need to do some ripping back, you won’t have too far to go. This cowl is worked flat with the option to twist once before seaming, making a moebius.
The pattern calls for only 90 yards of yarn, so use one of those special skeins of bulky yarn that you didn’t know quite what to do with. Brioche stitch is great for hand-dyed yarns, too, as the yarn overs and slipped stitches help to break up any colors that might otherwise have a tendency to pool.
Photo via Bluprint member Laza
Super Thick Brioche Car Seat Blanket
This is another great beginner’s pattern that will have you diving into the two-color world of brioche knitting. Knit with bulky yarn, this pattern will have you using a few more advanced skills, such as the Italian cast on, which is known for its stretchiness and commonly used for brioche knitting. You’ll also be using applied I-cord to give the blanket a neat and tailored edge.
Photo via Bluprint instructor AnnKuoLukito
Now that you’re ready to move on from knitting rectangles, why not try working some brioche knitting into an otherwise simple piece. Lakedale uses the two color brioche technique while also incorporating simple cable stitches. This project does involve basic garment knitting skills, such as seaming and set-in sleeves. It also comes in a great size range with eight sizes from 33 ¼” to 55 ¼”.
Photo via Bluprint member sweetpaprika
This sweet little teapot cozy is just the pattern to begin practicing your brioche shaping skills. Using the two-color technique, what kitchen wouldn’t this look great in?
Photo via Bluprint instructor Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark
Rhoda Brioche Cowl
So you’ve conquered two colors and shaping? This beautiful two color brioche cowl is such a showstopper and will have you using your new brioche skills. This fun leaf-like design is created using basic increases and decreases in brioche stitch. I would suggest using two high contrast colors to really make the design in this cowl stand out.