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How to Knit Two-Color Brioche Stitch

New to brioche knitting? It'll be well worth the work when you see your stunning finished fabric.

How to Knit Two-Color Brioche Stitch
How to Knit Two-Color Brioche Stitch
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Brioche knitting has somewhat of a reputation for being complicated and hard to do, especially two-color brioche knitting. While it does take a little practice, brioche colorwork is a unique way of going about creating stunning and colorful fabrics, and it's much easier than you might expect.

Learn how to knit a two-color brioche rib with this quick and easy step-by-step tutorial. To work this knit stitch, grab two colors of yarn and either double pointed needles or circular needles. You'll be working with basic knitting stitches as well as the slip 1 yarn over, and bark and burp stitches that are unique to brioche. If you've never tried this technique before, working in a dark and a light color can be helpful to help you see the mechanics of the knit stitches as you work them!

Brioche knitting has quite a few quirky things about it, including some new knitting vocabulary and chart symbols that are used only in brioche. To learn more about the basics of this knitting technique, check out our article: Brioche Knitting 101.


  1. CO a multiple of 2 + 1

  2. Row 1 (LC brioche set up row): (p1, yfsl1yo). Repeat ( to ), end p1. Slide your sts to other end of needle

  3. Row 1 (DC brioche set up row): sl 1 (brk1, yfsl1yo), end sl1. Turn.

  4. Row 2 (WS, LC): 3 LS, LC. k1, (yfsl1yo, brk1) to last 2 sts, end yfsl1yo, k1. Slide sts to other end of needle.

  5. Row 2 (WS, DC): 3 LS, DC. ybsl1, (brp1, yfsl1yo) to last st, ybsl1. Turn.

  6. Row 3 (RS, LC): 4 DS, LC. p1, (yfsl1yo, brp1) to last 2 sts, end yfsl1yo, p1. Slide sts to other end of needle.

  7. Row 3 (RS, DC): 4 DS, DC. yfsl1, (brk1, yfsl1yo) to last 2 sts, end brk1, yfsl1. Turn.

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