Easy Brioche Baby Blanket – FREE Knitting Pattern by Yay For Yarn

28 Aug

Free Pattern! We all like to choose soft and cuddly items for babies. This easy baby blanket is knit in Brioche stitch, so named because it resembles the soft, squishy texture of Brioche bread. This pattern will teach you my shortcut to working the Brioche stitch. If you can knit garter stitch and “knit 1, purl 1” ribbing, you can knit this blanket!

Easy Brioche Baby Blanket - Free Knitting Pattern from Yay For Yarn Blog

Easy Brioche Baby Blanket
by Yay For Yarn

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Supplies:
Approx. 1220 yds of #4 Worsted Weight Baby Yarn (I used Lion Brand Pound of Love) OR 610 yds of #5 Bulky Weight Yarn
US Size 10 Circular Knitting Needle, at least 32“ long

Gauge: 6 Brioche sts = 2”
7 Brioche rows = 2”

Click here to get a great deal on Lion Brand Pound of Love yarn (Craftsy.com).

Finished Size: 27” x 27”

Abbreviations:
K: knit
P: purl
CO: cast on
BO: bind off
sts: stitches
K1b: knit one below (This is a special stitch. See instructions below to learn how to work this stitch.)

K1b (knit one below): Normally, when you work a knit stitch, you insert your right hand needle into the next stitch on the left hand needle. Instead, insert your right hand needle into the stitch below the next stitch on the left needle. Knit that stitch, slipping the stitch above off of the left needle at the same time.

Note: If using #4 Worsted Weight Yarn, you need to double the yarn (hold two strands together and use them as one strand). If using #5 Bulky Weight Yarn, only use one strand as normal.

CO 91 sts.
Rows 1 – 4: K across. (total of 2 garter ridges.)
Row 5: K 3. *K1b, P1* across to last 4 sts. K1b, K 3.
Row 6: K 3. *P1, K1b* across to last 4 sts. P1, K 3.
Repeat Rows 5 – 6 until piece measures 26 ¾” from cast-on edge.
Repeat Rows 1 – 4 for upper border. BO loosely OR use the Suspended Bind Off as described in the video tutorial below. Weave in ends.
Block to finished measurements for best results.

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6 thoughts on “Easy Brioche Baby Blanket – FREE Knitting Pattern by Yay For Yarn

  1. Hi:

    I would like to make a larger blanket.
    Can I add more stitches to make an adult size blanket by making sure I have an odd number of stitches when I cast on?

    Thanks,

    Anna

    • Hi Anna,

      Yes, you can make this blanket any size you wish. As long as you cast on an odd number of stitches, the knitting instructions will be the same. The Brioche stitch requires about twice as much yarn as the same size piece would require in stockinette stitch. You can also work this pattern at a different gauge if you like.

      I hope your blanket turns out great!
      Thanks!
      Yay For Yarn

    • Hello,

      It is possible to fix mistakes in this stitch, but it is very difficult to explain in writing. I will put this topic on my “to-do list” for videos I need to make, but it will be awhile before I can make a video on this. I will try my best to write this so it will make some sense.

      Normally, you would fix mistakes in stockinette stitch by dropping the column of stitches that has the mistake in it and unraveling that stitch down just past the mistake. You would then use a crochet hook to pick up the loop that you have unraveled to, and work your way up the column of unraveled stitches as though you were fixing a dropped stitch. The method for fixing mistakes in brioche stitch is somewhat similar.

      Think of the brioche fabric as a k1, p1, rib for a moment. The “knit” columns on the right side are “purl” columns when viewed from the wrong side, and vise versa. To fix a mistake, the work must be turned so that the column the mistake is in is facing you as a “knit” column. Knit across the row in brioche stitch until you reach the column of stitches with the mistake in it.

      If you look closely at the brioche fabric, you will see that each “knit stitch” in any column has a strand of yarn running over the top of the loop that is that stitch. The loop above it has been pulled through both the loop and that strand of yarn. So, you unravel the column of stitches down slightly past the mistake. With the crochet hook, pick up the loop that you have unraveled to. Normally when you fix a dropped stitch in stockinette, you would “grab” the horizontal strand of yarn above the current loop on the hook. Then you would pull that strand through the loop to create a new loop, and continue that process until you use up all the horizontal strands. Then you’d put the loop back on the needle.

      For Brioche stitch:
      1. Insert the tip of your crochet hook under the first horizontal strand, but don’t “grab” it with the hook. It should just sit on the hook right above the loop.
      2. Grab the second horizontal strand with the hook and pull it under the previous strand and through the loop on the hook.

      Repeat these steps until you have one horizontal strand left. Don’t do anything with that strand yet. Place the loop that is on your crochet hook back on the LEFT knitting needle. Then, pick up that last strand and place it on your left needle with the loop. This will count as a “yarn over”. Normally, in the shortcut brioche stitch you would “K1below” into the next column of knit stitches. Instead, knit the loop (that was just placed on the needle) together with the “yarn over”. Now you can finish the row of shortcut brioche stitch as normal.

      I hope this helps! If this is not clear, please let me know and I will try to explain it better.
      Thanks!
      Yay For Yarn

  2. The pattern requires 1220, but there is 1020 in a Pound of Love. Will I run out of yarn with one skein? Do I need to buy another skein for only 200 yards of yarn? How can I do it with one skein.

    Thanks

    • Hi Mona. Yes, you will run out of yarn if you only use one skein of Pound of Love. If you only want to use one skein, you could make the blanket smaller. Or you could use another brand of yarn that comes in smaller skeins so as not to have so much yarn left over. Hope this helps!

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