As we learned before on the Craftsy knitting blog, the brioche stitch creates a double thick fabric. It has amazing texture and provides a lofty feel. It is worked with only two pattern rows, each containing a wrap and a brioche stitch (brioche knit or brioche purl). Adapting brioche to work in the round is not very difficult. below you will find a photo tutorial to guide you through the process.
Brioche in the round tutorial
Note: Remember for the brioche stitch, stitches must be slipped purl-wise with yarn in front.
First, cast on an even number of stitches (use a stretchy CO). Place a marker for the beginning of the round and work this prep round once:
*K1, yf sl1yo; Rep from * around.
Explained: *knit 1, bring yarn under the right needle to the front, slip the next stitch purl-wise, then bring the yarn over the needle and across the slipped stitch to the back of the needle. Repeat from * around.
*yf sl1yo, brk; rep from * around.
Explained: *bring yarn under the right needle to the front, slip the next stitch purl-wise, then bring the yarn over the needle and across the slipped stitch to the back of the needle. Knit the next stitch with its YO (brk). Repeat from * around.
*brp, sl1yof; rep from * around.
Explained: *Purl the first stitch and its YO (a brp), leave the working yarn in front, slip the next stitch purl-wise, then bring the yarn over and across the stitch, then back to the front, ready for the next brp.
I know two-color brioche gets most of the fame, but solid brioche is actually really quite beautiful. If you want a project to practice with, I suggest something simple like a cowl.
For this one, I used a 5.5mm 16″ circular and some Vanna’s Choice yarn (two skeins in the MC and one in a CC). I CO 108 stitches and worked about 12″ of the brioche stitch in the round. When you are ready to finish, work one row of knit 1, purl 1 rib (substituting a brk or brp where necessary), then chose the i-cord bind off in a CC. 108 is quite a roomy cowl, if you don’t mind the snug feel, you can cast on as little as 84 stitches for this cowl. I like the extra weight of 108 stitches!
For more detailed information about brioche stitch, including the lovely two-color brioche methods and how to increase and decrease using the brioche stitch, I urge you to take Nancy Marchant’s class, Explorations in Brioche Knitting.