Brioche knitting is a family of knitting patterns which involving tucked stitches. Tucking stitches are nothing but yarn in excess that are knitted simultaneously with a slip stitch from the previous row.
Those stitches may also be produced by knitting into the row below (correspondent to the slipped stitch) and dropping the stitch above (corresponding to the yarn over).
The tucked stitches may form a second layer of knitting in front of the first layer; it is similarly appearing a collection of arches or seen upside-down of fish scales.
Although moderate and gorgeous in texture, garments made from brioche knitting have the possible drawback that the tucked stitches might get caught and be pulled out.
Brioche knitting may have instigated in the Middle East. However, the word “brioche” seems to have derived from French language for “mistake”. The name might be a suggestion to the brioche dinner roll which is formed of two pieces, one stacked a top the other.
Nancy Marchant introduced the brioche stitch to American knitters with her book “Brioche Knitting” which was enthused by the brioche knitting, she established very customary in the Netherlands.
The brioche stitch can be used to knit any kind of garment or project that regular knitting can be used for, but it will be double-thick.
Nancy Marchant standardized brioche-knitting contraction and terminology, so that knitters of all over the world could be able to share the patterns and identify with the abbreviations.
The basic stitch of brioche knitting is the brioche-knit stitch or the bark stitch…..
These stitches consist of a knit-stitch knitted together with its “wrap“, a yarn over from the previous row.
The brioche-purl stitch or the burp stitch is the same only for purling.
Each bark or burp stitch is pursued by a yarn-front, slip-one, yarn over. This sets up the bark and burp stitches for the next row.
In brioche knitting, it takes two “passes” to complete a single row of knitting, since only half the stitches are knitted every time.
The other half are slipped. Because of this motive, it takes more knowledge to be able to count rows and stitches and calculate gauge.