Brioche 101

This video tutorial shows you the basics of brioche knitting.

You’ll learn how to brioche knit (brk) and brioche purl (brp) and perform sl1yo.
I’ll also show you how to increase and decrease in brioche, both two-stitch increases (brkyobrk) and four-stitch increases (brkyobrkyobrk) as well asย right- and left-slanting brioche decreases (brRsl dec, brLsl dec) and four-stitch decreases (4st br dec).

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13 thoughts on “Brioche 101”

  1. mw says:

    brioche basix was the first brioche pattern i ever attempted (i have done several since) and because your instructions and videos were so helpful and easy to follow it made me want to do more brioche. i still use your videos to refresh my memory when i can’t remember what a written stitch means or need to SEE it (like br4st dec) even if it’s for another pattern. thank you!

    1. sosu says:

      Glad the tutorial could help you out!
      Happy knitting!

  2. Ellen Peskin says:


  3. m says:


    RE: Basix scarf pattern – for the set up rows in basix scarf.. is the entire row repeated throughout, including the K3, P1 or just the part in brackets? (it doesn’t say “repeat from * ” but otherwise not sure why there are brackets) i watched the i-cord CO tutorial and i watched the basix scarf tutorial.. but the video begins after MANY rows have already been completed. the pattern says for brioche beginners and i wish there was a video for the part in between the CO and the decreases/increases section. the pattern is lovely and i just want to do it correctly. thanks.

    1. sosu says:

      Hi, I’m sorry you’re not getting all the help you need from the video!

      Please only repeat the instructions within the brackets. I’m not using asterisks in my patterns, but (round and square) brackets to indicate repeats.

      The first set-up row is a mix of “normal” purl stitches and sl1yo-brioche stitches. These are shown in the video. The second set-up row is already in full brioche, with brioche knit stitches and sl1yo stitches. You’ll find all of those in the video as well.

      I hope this helped you some.
      All the best, Susanne

  4. Beverly says:

    ๐Ÿ‘‹ Susanne, Thank you that was an awesome video.. Hugs, Beverly ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

  5. Bri says:

    This is a wonderful video, Susanne! Thank you so much for making it. It has very clear instructions, which I love. I’m new to Brioche and have been referring to it often as I work through your Nordic Arrows pattern :).

  6. Marilyn says:

    Super well explained clear tutorial! Thanks!

  7. Kailani Shaffer says:

    I’m sorry but you should’ve started from the very beginning like the actual cast on knitting a few rows. You over explained the colors instead, which wasted time. I am drawing a blank at the moment because how do I cast on & work the rows? Ug! I’m so frustrated on a good tutorial that actually works.

    1. sosu says:

      Hi Kailani,
      I’m sorry you’re not satisfied with the tutorial. It’s meant to accompany my brioche patterns – and as they all have different cast on techniques (some are scarfs, some shawls, some garments), I did not include it in this tutorial.
      But there is a pattern that goes with the tutorial video as well, it’s called Brioche Basix Scarf and you can download it for free on Ravelry:
      In this pattern, I recommend knitting an i-cord and then picking up and knitting stitches from the i-cord. You could also do a regular long-tail cast on.
      There are some cast on techniques specifically for Brioche, but I don’t usually use them myself.

      I hope this helps! Happy knitting!

      1. Kailani Shaffer says:

        Thank you very much. I appreciate your feedback, care & a link. Thank you very much. ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. m says:

      agreed! same boat! watched the i-cord CO video but wish it would continue into this pattern set up rows!!

  8. donna vincent says:

    I really want to learn how to do this to make the Aureate shawl from Loop. I’m struggling and having a hard time finding a good tutorial. I think I’m all set now. Thank you! I also love your patterns:-)

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