Brioche knitting

Brioche Honeycomb Stitch – almost


When I travelled to the Faroe Islands in July we met a lovely designer who works under the name Shisa Brand. You see her window ornaments everywhere – silhouettes of puffins flying or landing laser cut out of black plexiglass that are very charming.  She also makes fantastic leather goods but the items that caught my eye were her knitwear designs.  One scarf and jumper featured a stitch that she described as a honeycomb stitch.  A quick bit of resarch and I found out it is called honeycomb brioche stitch.  There are lots of tutorials online but none of them looked as easy and straight forward as the method she showed us.

The instructions go something like this:

Cast on an even number of stitches.

Knit the first and last stitch at each end of every row – I won’t include these stitches in the instructions.

The pattern is a 4 row repeat.

Row 1: *k1, kb (knit the next stitch into the stitch below).  Repeat from * to the end of the row.

Row 2: *k1st with loop, k1. Repeat from * to the end of the row.

Row 3: *kb, k1 .  Repeat from * to the end of the row.

Row 4: *k1,k1st with loop. Repeat from * to the end of the row.

This is the lovely fabric you get as a result.


I have made a little video to help you get to grips with the instructions.



2 comments on “Brioche Honeycomb Stitch – almost

  1. Beautiful! I confess that I’ve never tried brioche stitch. Your video makes it sound almost easy…

    • If you read some of the conventional ways of doing the stitch it is a bit complicated, but the way the lady in the Faroes taught me is very easy. I’m knitting a cowl in Yarn Stories aran weight. Yum

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