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Monday
Sep232013

Brioche Stitch: Basic Decrease

Left Leaning Brioche Decrease: bsk2p (see the step-by-step photo tutorial below)
Right Leaning Brioche Decrease: bk3tog (see the step-by-step photo tutorial below)

When working basic decreases in Brioche Stitch, you will always be decreasing two stitches at a time in order to preserve the rib pattern.

When counting stitches in Brioche Stitch, yarnovers are not included in the stitch count; they are paired with a knit or purl stitch (only when working in the round), and the pair of knit/yarnover or purl/yarnover are counted as a single stitch. The stitch pattern will produce a very pronounced rib; count only the purl and knit columns when counting stitches.

Left Leaning Brioche Decrease: bsk2p

To make a left leaning decrease in brioche stitch, work up to the marked knit column that you'd like to slant; it will have a yarnover paired with it. Slip this stitch and its yarnover together knitwise, k2tog (a purl stitch followed by a knit stitch and its paired yarnover), pass the slipped stitch and its yarnover together over and off the right needle. (2 stitches decreased)

And now, for the above instructions, broken down step-by-step...

Work up to the marked knit column that you'd like to slant; it will have a yarnover paired with it. 

Slip this stitch and its yarnover together knitwise...

bring the yarn over the right needle to the back of your work...

k2tog (a purl stitch followed by a knit stitch and its paired yarnover)... 

insert the tip of your left needle into the slipped stitch and its yarnover from back to front...

pass the slipped stitch and its yarnover together over and off the right needle.

You have decreased 2 stitches.

Right Leaning Decrease: bk3tog

To make a right leaning decrease in brioche stitch, work up to the knit column before the marked knit column you'd like to slant; it will have a yarnover paired with it. K2tog (the next knit stitch with its paired yarnover, and the following purl stitch), slip the resulting stitch back to the left needle, pass the following stitch (a knit stitch and its paired yarnover) over the first stitch on the left needle and off the left needle, move the resulting stitch back to the right needle. (2 stitches decreased)

And now, for the above instructions, broken down step-by-step...

Work up to the knit column before the marked column you'd like to slant; it will have a yarnover paired with it.

K2tog (the next knit stitch with its paired yarnover, and the following purl stitch)... 

slip the resulting stitch back to the left needle... 

insert the right needle purlwise into the following stitch (a knit stitch and its paired yarnover)...

pass the following stitch (a knit stitch and its paired yarnover) over the first stitch on the left needle and off the left needle...

move the resulting stitch back to the right needle. You have decreased 2 stitches. 

Our Brioche Vest is pictured above (and below), featuring basic left-leaning and right-leaning brioch decreases.

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