Brioche Knitting Tutorial

When you live in a climate that can get pretty cold in the winter, you need scarves. My favorite scarves are those knit out of deliciously soft and bulky yarns. Pairing that with the simple brioche stitch rib will make a fabric that is thick while at the same time airy and lofty.

Why not get a head start on your winter knitting and work up this brioche rib scarf today?

Close Up View of Grey Brioche Scarf

For this pattern you will need:

  • One hank of bulky weight yarn (about 120 yards)
  • US 13 needles
  • Tapestry needle


Gauge is not critical for this scarf.

Cast on 20 sts.

Row 1 (set up row): *with yarn in front (wyf) slip 1, yo, k 1; repeat from * to end.

Row 2: *wyf slip 1, k2tog; repeat from * to end.

Close Up on Needles with Brioche Stitch
Close Up on Hands Showcasing Needles with Brioche Stitch

Repeat Row 2 until scarf is desired length.

Bind off: *k1, k2tog, pass first k st over; repeat from * to end.

Break yarn and fasten off. Weave in ends and wear with pride!

This is really as easy as it looks! That being said, let me help you out with some questions or issues that might come up:

  • After you slip the first stitch, you’ll knit the next without moving the yarn to the back before you do it. This is what creates a yarn over.
  • If you want to change the width of the scarf, cast on in multiples of two.
  • I just used a regular long-tail cast on for this, but make sure whichever cast on you use, you do so more loosely than you normally would. This will make the set up row easier to work.
  • If you try to wet block this, it will stretch and seem distorted. Go with just a light steam or spritzing.
  • Brioche rib uses up a lot of yarn, so be prepared to need more than you thought, especially if you want a really long scarf.

This is only the beginning. There is so much you can do with this stitch! Making this scarf has piqued my interest in brioche again. I think I may enroll in Explorations in Brioche Knitting with Nancy Marchant.

When you’re ready to try brioche with two colors, the Jacki Revisted Icelandic Style pattern looks like a lot of fun. Or, if you’re looking to incorporate this stitch into garments, why not try the beautiful Lakedale pattern?

Now, are you ready to incorporate some color? Then come back to the Craftsy Blog tomorrow for a look at the two-color brioche stitch!

 Have you knit Brioche before? What kinds of items did you make?



Yeah I love the soft and bulky yarns myself, they always make you feel cosy and warm. I also think that they make a nice little traveling pillow if you happen to be going somewhere chilly!

Debbie Winn

I don’t think I am understanding – I knit row 1, then row 2, and then keep repeating row 2 until I am ready to bind off? I tried this and it wasn’t working. Should I be repeating rows 1 and 2? Thank you!


Would this Brioche stitch work for other ribbed items, say as a cuff on a mitt or a sock, or even a sweater? Is it pretty stretchy?



Lisa Gutierrez

Brioche is very stretchy! I think it could work as a rib on other items, but you might not need as many stitches to get the same fit traditional rib will give you. It’s also pretty thick, so keep that in mind!


I haven’t knit Brioche before, but I want to do it now. Until I’ll try, i’m posting it on Pinterest.
Thank you for the pattern.


I have spent a couple of months trying to learn this stitch…am finally making headway but it was a lot of aggravation as I am a beginner knitter…only maybe 6 months total but I love the stitch and am determined to learn how to do it.


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