Brioche Knitting Techniques: Part 1

A workshop to help you learn how to work & gain confidence in using the beautiful Brioche knitting technique

It uses its own special set of stitches to create a to-die-for texture. It creates a lovely warm, squishy, reversible rib like fabric, which looks fantastic on both sides.

Knit designers are catching on to brioche's popularity, and now more than ever there are lots of brioche patterns to choose from. Two popular designers are Nancy Marchant – known as the ‘queen’ of brioche, and Stephen West who uses the technique often mixed with others in his ‘one of a kind’ shawl designs.

Knitters are always looking for a new challenge & brioche follows its own rules, so it's unlike anything you've tried before. It has its own set of stitches and even has its own unique charts. If you're ready to try something new, brioche is a great choice, so come on in and join in the fun!

Brioche is a knitting technique quite unlike any other!

By the end of this workshop you will be confident in:

  • Trying any Brioche pattern worked in rows

  • Understanding Brioche terminology

  • 'Reading' your knitting

  • ​Knowing where you have got to in your work

  • ​Understanding the 'two rows per colour' process

  • ​Spotting & fixing mistakes

  • ​Casting on and off neatly

What will I achieve?




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Sample stitch patterns from the workshop ........

If you're new to me... nice to meet you! My name is Carol Ibbetson, and I'm a leading pattern editor, designer and trainer in the knitting and crochet world.

I have had the honour of running courses for some of the top names in the industry, including yarn companies such as Rowan. I also teach in yarn shops and you may also have seen me on Yarn Lane TV.


Maria Hind: Thank you again for the excellent brioche course. I'm practicing the different patterns you included at the end before embarking on a pattern that I'm intent on accomplishing. I'm looking forward to part 2 !

Janet Humphreys: Very patient and helpful tutor - enjoyable workshop

Fiona Macleod: Thank you for being so patient. I worry I am a bit annoying and ask too many questions!

Alison Jones-Tyler: The workshop exceeded my expectations because I learned many additional skills.

Claire Domone: Thank you for an excellent workshop with varied content. More covered than I expected !!!

Clara Domone: Really enjoyed today - well paced, all questions answered.

Beverley Crabb: A very good day, Carol is an extremely good tutor.

Kerry Rindon: Carol was so patient and encouraging. Thank you!

Inam Steele: Good fun and learned a lot.

Eileen Trusler: Very good, Carol is lovely.

You get over 2 hours of individual videos on all the topics listed in the schedule below and a 20 page printable course booklet.


There are 10 exercises for you to work on, designed to take you through each stage of learning throughout the workshop.

How do I access the materials?

You get access to a course portal where there are videos, notes, and practical exercises to help you understand everything covered in the workshop. The content will be available to you for the life of the workshop and includes access to all videos and downloadable materials.

You can ask questions in each module via Discussion Threads - which both myself and other students can comment on. This is a great way to ask questions, get feedback and means you are never alone on your journey.

What do I get?

Here’s a sneak peek at each module...

How brioche works.

Needle size and type of yarns considerations

Counting rows and stitches

Brioche terminology & abbreviations

One colour brioche exercises using Brk (bark) and Brp (burp)! Syncopated one colour brioche

Module 1. The Basics

Module 2. Using two colours

Two colour considerations

Working each row 'twice' on a circular needle

Two colour brioche exercises

Standard two colour brioche

Syncopated two colour brioche

Module 3. Increases & Decreases

Lifelines - why & how!

Two stitch increases

Two stitch decreases, sloping right or left

Module 4. Sample Stitch Patterns

Do the Twist



Module 5. Fixing Mistakes & Casting Off

Unpicking individual stitches

Ripping back rows

Casting off

Plus additional bonuses, including…

Bonus #1 Free Brioche patterns you can make with confidence

A collection of free brioche pattern you now have the knowledge to tackle !

Bonus #2 Lifetime Access to Workshop

Each of our training sessions will be uploaded to your course portal, and you can revisit them whenever you want during the lifetime of the workshop, meaning that you have an invaluable resource to use as you work on your knits. Don't forget that you can also ask questions in every module.

Bonus #3 Discussion Threads

I will be on hand while you work your way through the modules and you can ask questions throughout - and I will answer every question. This also gives you an opportunity to discuss questions with like-minded people.