brioche stitch
plain brioche stitch
2-Color Brioche Stitch  
2 color brioche stitch
2-color Plain Brioche - Right side
2 color brioche stitch
2-color Plain Brioche - Wrong side
 

The main color (MC) forms knit columns on the right side (RS) of the work; the
contrast color (CC) forms knit columns on the wrong side and purl columns on
the RS. Unlike single-color brioche stitch, both knit and purl brioche stitches
are used in two-color brioche. The fundamentals are the same: the pattern
alternates between creating a slipped stitch-yarnover pair (yf sl1yo) and working
the pair formed in the previous row together as one stitch (either as brk or brp).

To maintain the pattern and color integrity, the colors alternate every row and
two wrong-side rows are followed by two right-side rows. To do this, you’ll need
to use circular or double-pointed needles so that the stitches can be slid to the
opposite needle tip and worked again without turning the work
.

2-Color Brioche Stitch using an even number of stitches
To begin, loosely cast on (long tail over 2 needles) an even number of stitches
with MC using circular or double-pointed needles. Do not turn work.
Prep Row RS CC (forms purl columns in CC on RS): slide work to other tip of
needle and attach CC, wyif, *sl1yof, p1; rep from *. Turn work.
Row 1 WS MC (forms purl columns in MC): wyif, *sl1yof, brp1; rep from *.
Do not turn work.
Row 1 WS CC (forms knit columns in CC): slide work to other tip of needle
where CC is hanging. With CC, *brk1, yf sl1yo; rep from *. Turn work.
Row 2 RS MC (forms knit columns in MC): maintain the CC yo of last worked st
by holding it under left needle to the back,
with MC, *brk1, yf sl1yo; rep from *.
Do not turn work.
Row 2 RS CC (forms purl columns in CC): slide work to other tip of needle
where CC is hanging. With CC, wyif, *sl1yof, brp1; rep from *. Be sure and
maintain the yo of the last stitch so that you end with a brp.
Turn work.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 RS and WS.

 
brioche stitch  
2-Color Brioche Stitch using an uneven number of stitches
To begin, loosely cast on (long tail over 2 needles) an uneven number of stitches
with MC using circular or double-pointed needles. Do not turn.
Prep row RS CC: slide work to other tip of needle and attach CC, wyif, sl1yof,
*p1, sl1yof; rep from *. Turn work.
Row 1 WS MC: maintain the CC yo of last worked st by holding it under left
needle to the back,
with MC, brp1, *sl1yof, brp1; rep from *. Be sure and
maintain the yo of the last stitch so that you end with a brp.
Do not turn work.
Row 1 WS CC: slide work to other tip of needle where CC is hanging. Since
CC is hanging to the front after the first stitch,
sl first st pwise and then yo,
*brk1, yf sl1yo; rep from *. Turn work.
Row 2 RS MC: maintain the CC yo of last worked st by holding it under left
needle to the back,
with MC, brk1, *yf sl1yo, brk1; rep from *. The yo of the last
st may appear separated from its stitch so be sure and brk them together.

Do not turn work.
Row 2 RS CC: slide work to other tip of needle where CC is hanging. CC is
hanging in back, bring CC to front under needle.
With CC, sl1yof, *brp1, sl1yof;
rep from *. Turn work.
Repeat Rows 1–2 RS and WS.
 
brioche stitch  

3-color Plain Brioche - same on front and back

 

3 color brioche stitch

3-color Plain Brioche - Right and Wrong side

To create this 3-color reversible fabric,
follow the instructions for Plain Brioche
Stitch
repeating three colors in the
same order. Cast on in Color A, Prep Row
in B, Row 1 in C, Row 1 in A, Row 1 in B,
Row 1 in C, etc. You won’t need to use
double-pointed needles because the
colors are always hanging on the correct
side waiting to be used. To make a nice
edge, where the yarns are carried up
the side, always bring yarn to be used
to front of hanging yarns.
brioche needle  
4-color Brioche - 2 colors per side  

4 color brioche

4-color Plain Brioche - Right side

4 color brioche

4-color Plain Brioche - Wrong side

 

To create this colorful reversible fabric, repeat the four colors in the same order:
colors A and C appear in the knit column on the RS, whereas colors B and D
appear in the knit column on the WS.

Cast on, very loosely, an even number of sts in color A on circular or double-pointed needles.
Prep row WS with B: *k1, yf sl1yo, rep from *.
Row 1 RS with C: *brk1, yf sl1yo, rep from *.
Row 2 WS with D: rep row 1. Do not turn work. Slide sts to other end of needle.
Row 3 WS with A: wyif, *sl1yof, brp1, rep from *
Row 4 RS with B: rep row 3.
Row 5 WS with C: rep row 3.
Row 6 RS with D: rep row 3. Do not turn work.
Slide sts to other end of needle.
Row 7 RS with A: rep row 1.
Row 8 WS with B: rep row 1.
Rep rows 1 through 8.

 
 
5-color Plain Brioche - same on front and back    

5 color brioche stitch

5-color Plain Brioche - Right and Wrong side

To create this 5-color reversible fabric,
follow the instructions for Plain Brioche
Stitch
repeating the five colors in the
same order. Cast on in Color A, Prep Row
in B, Row 1 in C, Row 1 in D, Row 1 in E,
then Row 1 in A, Row 1 in B, etc. You
won’t need to use double-pointed needles
because the colors are always hanging on
the correct side waiting to be used.
To make a nice edge, where the yarns
are carried up the side, always bring yarn
to be used to front of hanging yarns.
 
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one color brioche button
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