Brioche Ribbing Makes the Squishiest Knit Scarf Ever

Two color-brioche knitting gets a lot of love, but one-color brioche can be just as satisfying. Take this brioche ribbed scarf — pure, squishy, scarf heaven. If you've never tried brioche knitting before, this is a great way to get a feel for it.

One-Color Brioche Ribbed Scarf

Level: Intermediate
Finished Size: 75 inches long

What You Need


Gauge is not critical for this scarf.


Good to Know

Brioche knitting has a few abbreviations of its own. Don't worry, we'll help you decipher them.


Cast on 20 sts.

Pro Tip

A long-tail cast on works well here , just make sure you keep it loose (brioche is VERY stretchy). Cast on to a larger needle, or cast on over both your needle tips held together to get looser stitches.

Setup Row: *With yarn in front (wyf) sl1yo (shown in progress in photo above), k 1; repeat from * to end.

Good to Know

When working the 'sl1yo,' you'll bring your yarn to the front of your work, slip the stitch as if to purl, then leave your yarn in the front. You'll bring the yarn over your needle to the back to knit your next stitch (this over-the-needle action is what makes the yarnover). See the setup row in action here .

Row 1: *Wyf, sl1yo, brk 1 (shown in action in the photo above); repeat from * to end.

Good to Know

The brk stitch is essentially like a knit two together — but the stitches you're knitting together are the slipped stitch and the yarnover from the previous row. They kind of look like a pair, and you can go ahead and treat them like one. Stitches without a yarnover partner are slipped (but will get a yarnover when you work the following brk stitch). See Row 1 in action here.

Repeat Row 1 until scarf is desired length.

Good to Know

When you work your first couple rows, your scarf may not look very...brioche. Hang in there! It takes a few rows for the pattern to develop.

Final row: *K1, k2tog; repeat from * to end.

Bind off using Jeny's Suprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off .

Fasten off your yarn and weave in the ends. If you want to block your scarf, go with a light steam blocking . Full wet blocking will stretch your scarf out too much.

Find Your Next Project

Now that you've got the basics down, you can stick with one-color brioche and tackle some increases and decreases. Or go full color, and jump into two-color brioche. You've got this!

Master the Italian cast-on, then knit this elegant one-color scarf using increases and decreases to create a zigzag pattern.
Once you've mastered the basic brioche stitch, add slanted increases and decreases to create a delightful faux cable on fingerless mitts. Learn to use the smooth and flexible Italian tubular cast-on to put stitches on your double-pointed needles, then knit up to the thumb gusset, where you'll also start your wavy pattern. Mercedes shows you how to read the simple chart for this pattern, or you can follow the written instructions that are included.
Once you see the spectacular Vine Cowl, you'll be eager to cast on for two-color brioche knitting! Learn how to read two-color brioche charts, then cast on to start the garter-stitch border. You'll learn how to transition into brioche stitches, add your contrast color and follow the pattern repeats around your cowl.

June 10, 2019
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