What is Brioche ? Apparently the earliest brioche patterns were written in the mid-1800s England for cushions and footstools that very much resembled the puffs of brioche pastry most of us are familiar with. The cushions used the brioche stitch that we still use today; however, throughout time we’ve experimented with our knitting to be able to make more than just pillows and cushions with the stitch.
So let's get experimenting!
Below are links to my favourite web sites that helped me get started.
Before you start, take a look at the above links and please don't be intimidated by the terminology. Nancy Marchant who hosts a beautiful web site all about Brioche, developed 2 basic Brioche stitches that once you get used to them, does open up the world of Brioche for you.
That is the BRK and the BRP. For the basic brioche without any increases and decreases then all other abbreviations are the same as normal.
brk (brioche knit – also known as a bark) = knit the stitch that was slipped in the previous row together with its yarn over.
brp (brioche purl – also known as a burp) = purl the stitch that was slipped in the previous row together with its yarn over.
TIP (this is the bit that really confused me to start and is not really mentioned in patterns I found)When doing the Sl1yo, the action works differently for a bark row than for a burp row, but one manipulation remains standard–that the working yarn must always be in front before slipping the stitch. On a burp row the working yarn is in place before slipping the stitch but in a bark row you need to first bring the yarn to the front and then slip the stitch. This stitch, with its yarn-over shawl, is considered one stitch when worked.sl1yo following a k or brk st = bring the working yarn under the needle to the front of the work, slip the next stitch purlwise, then bring the yarn over the needle (and over the slipped stitch) to the back, in position to work the following stitch.sl1yo following a p or brp st = working yarn is already in front, slip the next stitch purlwise, then bring the yarn over the needle (and over the slipped stitch), then to the front under the needle, into position to work the following stitch.