Crochet is a versatile and enjoyable craft that allows you to create beautiful and functional pieces using just a hook and yarn. Among the myriad of crochet techniques available, brioche crochet stands out for its stunning texture and unique appearance. If you’re new to brioche crochet, fear not! In this blog post, we’ll take you through the basics of this technique and provide you with an example project to get you started.
What is Brioche Crochet?
Brioche crochet is a variation of traditional crochet that creates a thick, reversible fabric with a ribbed appearance. It is often likened to the brioche knitting technique because of the similarity in texture. Unlike regular crochet, which usually has one row of stitches on top of another, brioche crochet creates two layers of stitches that interlock, giving it a distinctive look.
Before we delve into the technique, gather the following materials:
- Yarn: Choose two contrasting colors of yarn to make the brioche stitch pattern more pronounced.
- Crochet Hook: Pick a hook size that corresponds to the weight of your yarn. You may find it helpful to use a hook that’s one size larger than what you would typically use for the selected yarn to keep your tension loose.
Brioche Crochet Stitch Basics
In brioche crochet, a variety of stitches come together to create the beautiful ribbed fabric. Let’s explore the fundamental stitches used in this technique:
Chain Stitch (ch): The foundation of any crochet project, the chain stitch creates a series of loops that serve as the starting point for your work.
Slip Stitch (slst): A slip stitch is a simple and versatile stitch used to join rounds, create decorative edges, or move the yarn across your work without adding height to the row.
Front Post Double Crochet (FPdc): The front post double crochet is a technique that creates a raised stitch by working around the post of the double crochet from the previous row. This stitch adds texture and dimension to your brioche crochet fabric.
Double Crochet (dc): The double crochet is a classic crochet stitch that adds height to your fabric. It is commonly used in brioche crochet in the foundation rows and as part of increase stitch in brioche crochet.
Single Crochet (sc): The single crochet is a basic stitch used in many crochet projects. In brioche crochet, it’s often used to create a border.
Front Post Double Crochet Shell (2FPdcShell): used to increase stitches. It is essential in round projects. It consists of 2 FPdc and ch 2 between them into the same stitch.
With these stitches at your disposal, you’ll be able to create intricate and visually stunning brioche crochet patterns. Each stitch brings its unique characteristics to the table, allowing you to explore endless possibilities and design your own brioche masterpieces. Now, let’s put these stitches into action with a quick and delightful brioche crochet project!
With A yarn start into magic ring with ch 1, then 12 sc. Join with start of the round with slst. (12 sc)
Continue with A yarn. ch 3 (counts as dc), skip 1, ch 2, *into one st – shell: dc, ch 2, dc; skip 1, ch 2* repeat 5 times **. dc into first st of round, ch 2. Join with start of the round with slst into top ch st and changing to yarn B. (12 dc-ch2)
With B yarn, all stitches will be into round 1 stitches. We will crochet parallel round to round 2. ch 1, *dc into next st, ch 2, dc into base st of shell from round 2 (between 2dc), ch 2* repeat 6 times **. Join with start of the round with slst into first dc and with changing to yarn A. (12 dc-ch2)
Main brioche pattern
With A yarn, all stitches will be into round 2 stitches. ch 1, *FPdc into the same color st, ch 2* repeat 12 times **. Join with start of the round with slst into first dc and with changing to yarn B. (12 FPdc-ch2)
Main principles of brioche crochet:
1.Every second round has color change (on slip stitch).
2.Each round starts with ch 1, then a stitch into next stitch of the same color.
3.Each round ends with ch 2 and slip stitch into first stitch of the round.
4. There’s ch 2 between all stitches: FPdc, dc, 2FPdcShell
Pattern for rounds 5-16 (repeat each motif 4 times):
Round 5. B: 2FpdcShell, FPdc, FPdc
Round 6. A: dc, FPdc, 2FpdcShell, FPdc
Round 7. B: FPdc, FPdc, dc, FPdc, FPdc
Round 8. A: FPdc * 4, 2FpdcShell
Round 9. B: FPdc, 2FpdcShell, FPdc, FPdc, dc, FPdc
Round 10. A: FPdc, dc, FPdc * 5
Round 11. B: FPdc * 4, 2FpdcShell, FPdc, FPdc
Round 12. A: 2FpdcShell, FPdc * 3, dc, FPdc * 3
Round 13. B: dc, FPdc * 8
Round 14. A: FPdc * 4, 2FpdcShell, FPdc * 4
Round 15. B: FPdc * 4, dc, FPdc * 4, 2FpdcShell
Round 16. A: FPdc * 9, dc, FPdc
Main idea of the pattern – for 2 consecutive rounds do an increase (2FpdcShell) with yarn A or B. Then skip 1 round without increase.
As you can see, there is repeating pattern. You could continue to crochet as long as you need for your project.
For final round (border): sc into each stitch, 2sc into corner stitches.
Congratulations! You’ve completed your first brioche crochet project!
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Brioche crochet is a captivating technique that opens up a world of possibilities for crocheters. With its distinctive appearance and reversible nature, you can create eye-catching scarves, blankets, and garments that showcase your skills. Now that you’ve mastered the basics of brioche crochet, feel free to experiment with different stitch combinations, colorwork, and projects to truly make the technique your own.
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