How to knit Brioche Increase and Decrease Stitches

Knit Brioche Increase and Decrease Stitches (Camella Hat)

In this tutorial, Felicia will demonstrate how to knit brioche increase and decrease stitches. Interested in knitting brioche stitches that look like they are twisting, swooping, and swaying? Learn the “br4stinc” and “brRsl dec” brioche stitches that are used in the Camella Hat pattern (designed by Katrin Schubert).

Here are the actual directions for each stitch:

br4stinc: brk1, leaving stitch on the LH needle, yo, brk1, yo, brk1 all into the same stitch, 4 stitches increased, (in the following CC rnd: sl1yo, p, sl1yo, p, sl1yo).

brRsl dec: involving 3 stitches, 2 stitches decrease slanting right, slip first stitch knitwise, knit next stitch, pass slipped stitch over, place stitch on LH needle and pass the following stitch over, place stitch on RH needle.

The directions are easier than they look! The way I think of it is using the MC yarn to “draw” my curving lines. All the increase and decrease stitches happen on the MC rounds. And then I think of the CC yarn rounds as “clean up” or “resting” rounds . On those CC rounds, I just knit a brioche round as per usual, preparing the stitches for the next round of increases and decreases. 

Interested in learning the basics of two-colour brioche? You can find our first tutorial here.

The yarn I used in this tutorial is slightly different from the first tutorial. This yarn shown here is SweetGeorgia Superwash DK in Strawberry Tea (MC) and Shadow (CC).


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