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Pearl brioche stitch blanket

Discover how to knit cosy pearl brioche stitch as you make this wonderfully squishy striped blanket designed by Caroline Birkett.

Pearl brioche stitch blanket

Have a go at brioche knitting with our pearl brioche stitch blanket, which was designed by Caroline Birkett for Simply Knitting magazine issue 186. It’s worked in two colours, with large and small stripes to add a stylish visual touch, and of course the pearl brioche stitch for that all-important texture.

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When you knit brioche the resulting fabric is cushiony and squishy, and springs back when you tug on it. Because of that, springy fibres such as wool or wool blends are good ones to use, as they blend well. We’ve chosen cotton and acrylic to give this blanket a slightly lighter feel, so it’s perfect for using in spring and summer, but you could easily make a snugglier winter version by changing the yarn to wool.

Love this pearl brioche stitch blanket? Discover two-colour brioche knitting with our beginner’s guide on how to knit brioche stitch and more advanced brioche knitting tutorial.

To make this pearl brioche stitch blanket you’ll need:

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How to knit a blanket

Pearl brioche stitch blanket

Tension

15 sts and 26 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over pearl brioche stitch using 4mm needles and yarn held double

For more on tension, see our guide to knitting tension squares.

Measurements

81 x 87cm (32 x 34in)

Abbreviations

This pattern uses our standard knitting abbreviations, plus:

Sl1yo Bring working yarn to front under the needle, slip 1 stitch purlwise, at the same time as making a yarn over. The slipped stitch and the yarn over count as one stitch and will be worked together on the next row

Brk1 (brioche K1) Knit the stitch that was slipped in the previous row together with its yarn over

See our how to knit section for knitting tips and stitch tutorials, including how to cast on knitting and how to cast off knitting.

Pearl Brioche stitch

Row 1 (WS) K2, *sl1yo, K1; rep from * to end.

Row 2 (RS) K1, *brk1, K1; rep from * to last st, K1.

Row 3 K1, *sl1yo, K1; rep from * to last st, K1.

Row 4 K2, *brk1, K1; rep from * to end.

Blanket pattern

Note Work back and forth on a circular needle to accommodate the large number of stitches.

Cast on 118 sts using 4.5mm needles and 2 strands of Yarn A.

Stripe sequence

In Yarn A, work 24 rows of pearl brioche stitch.

*In Yarn B, work Rows 1 and 2.

In Yarn A, work Rows 3 and 4.

Rep from * 2 more times.

In Yarn B, work 24 rows of pearl brioche.

**In Yarn A, work Rows 1 and 2.

In Yarn B, work Rows 3 and 4.

Rep from ** 2 more times.

Repeat Stripe Sequence 3 more times, ending the last repeat after 24 rows of pearl brioche using Yarn B.

Cast off.

Pearl brioche stitch blanket detail
The icord edging is knitted in two colours to create an attractive tweed effect.

Blanket edging

Cast on 3 sts using 4mm DPNs and 1 strand of Yarn A together with 1 strand of Yarn B and a provisional cast on.

Row 1 (WS) ***K2, sl1, pick up 1 stitch from the edge of the Blanket, psso.

Slip the remaining 3 sts to the other end of the DPN, pull the yarn across the back of the cord.

Rep from ***, picking up 1 stitch for every stitch across the cast-on and cast-off edges and 1 stitch for every 2 rows up side edges. When all four sides are complete, graft the final row of sts to the first row using Kitchener stitch.

Weave in ends and gently block to measurements, following any yarn care instructions on the ball band. See how to weave in ends in knitting and how to block knitting projects for finishing tips and tutorials.

Download the pearl brioche stitch blanket pattern

Get the free pattern here: Pearl brioche stitch blanket PDF

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