Syncopated Brioche Stitch


Yarn: Rowan Wool Cotton in Hiss.

Wraps Per Inch: 13wpi.

Needles: size 6 (4.25 mm) Crystal Palace bamboo.

Gauge: 18 st = 1 inch = 10cm.

Pattern: Syncopated Brioche Stitch.

Stitch Count Repeat: Multiple of 2 stitches.

Book: A Treasury of Knitting Patterns.

Page: 158

Knit by: Emma Jane

See Barbara’s notes for Brioche Stitch (p. 46, A Treasury of Knittting Patterns) because just about everything she says applies to Syncopated Brioche Stitch as well. It’s stretchy and fluffy and reversible, and you need to leave off the yo’s on the last row before binding off.

The syncopation forces the fabric to be a little wider than ordinary Brioche Stitch.

One way to think of brioche is that it’s double knitting, except that the strand between two stitches from the “back” sheet is always knitted together with the current stitch of the “front” sheet. In this view, the yo’s are there to make sure that the interstitch strand is long enough to actually knit.

I was expecting this pattern to work by shifting the position of the k2tog’s. Instead, the structure of the stranding is kept constant and the knit columns simply become the purl columns. The order of the yo and the slipped stitch, and where the strand is held while slipping, need to to be modified so that the yo wraps around the slipped stitch correctly in the purl phase. This is clearly a far better design; there’s no need for a transition row between the two phases of the ribbing.

Also note:

Unusually for a ribbing, the horizontal gauge is somewhat wider than stockinette worked on the same number of initial stitches. I got 28 stitches for 6″, and I usually get 31 in this yarn on these needles. (I’m making a sampler baby blanket, so I care!)

The texture is lovely from the side.

Synchopated brioche, side view

As is just barely visible in the picture above, the selvage is a beautifully clean chain.

The pattern is easy to memorize, and it’s easy to read where you are off the knitting.

The fluffiness is flattened down close to the needle. If you’re trying out this stitch (or ordinary Brioche), give yourself at least 20 rows before evaluating the texture — it really needs that much space to pop up to full volume.


11 Responses to “Syncopated Brioche Stitch”

  1. Emilee Says:

    That looks lovely, thank you for the detailed post!

  2. slauditory Says:

    I really like the syncompated brioche in this yarn. It’s got more going on than the regular brioche stitch, which is a pattern that I’m currently using to knit a scarf.

    It never occurred to me that brioche could be considered double-knitting! I can see it, though, when you mention it.

  3. missbitesalot Says:

    Wow–in the book Barbara Walker says something like “this is a lovely pattern, good for…” but in the book photo it looked oogly. In your picture it looks like it would make an awesome…well, anything! Unfortunately, now I have another stitch pattern to fret over when knitting stuff. :P

  4. Adrian Says:

    Your swatch is gorgeous! Much better than the book. Thanks so much!

  5. Gwyndolyn O'Shaughnessy Says:

    Lovely swatch, and thanks for the extra commentary!

  6. nephele Says:

    My first thought (from the first photo) was a zipped, bomber-style jacket. On seeing the second pic, I thought: sideways knit, chanel style jacket. Lovely, thanks!

  7. Chris Says:

    This looks so much better than the book – amazing!

  8. Sherri Says:

    This is one that I have thought of doing in a handpaint yarn. After seeing your swatch, I really want to try that!.

  9. kathymarie Says:

    Beautiful swatch and beautiful post! Thank you!

  10. zeph Says:

    lovely sample – and thankyou for all the information! Definitely want to try this now.

  11. kreaseck Says:

    I’m sure you meant 18sts = 4 inches = 10cm ??

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