3-4 class hours.

Shawl stitch, Oriental rib, fisherman’s rib, patent steek, brioche. Whatever they are called and however they are made, the fabrics that result are thick, fluffy, and stretchy, and often wonderfully colorful to boot. Come explore the knit-one-below method of working these stitch patterns! Learn the basic moves for both knit and purl one below, which cast-ons and bind-offs are best for this stretchy fabric, options for edge stitches, and how to read and work several stitch “k1b” stitch patterns. Gain an understanding of the stitch structure, practice unknitting k1b/p1b stitches, and learn other ways to fix mistakes. Add alternative brioche to your stitch-making stockpile!

Know Before You Show

Long-tail cast-on, knit, purl, yarn over (yo), bind off.


  • 50 yds each #4 weight yarn in two light or bright contrasting colors, A and B
  • US 8  [5.0mm] double-pointed or 24″ [80 mm] circular needle
  • H crochet hook
  • Basic knitting supplies (tapestry needle, scissors, markers, etc)


Holding A and B together and leaving short tails of each, make a slip knot; place on needle. Insert fingers between strands for long-tail cast-on with A over index and B over thumb; cast on 18 sts, excluding slip knot. Cut B. Pulling out slip knot at the end of the first row, knit 3 rows—18 sts.

Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: Purl.
Rows 3 and 4: Rep Rows 1 and 2 once.
Row 5: k1, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 6: Purl.

Rep Rows 1-6 once. Leave yarn attached, set aside.