Color Me Plaid Brioche Wrap

What makes this brioche wrap special is the fully reversible syncopated 4-color brioche design. Color changes are preceded by a group of garter stitches which make this syncopating process so easy to remember. The garter stitches are later decorated vertically, by pulling purple colored strands of yarn through the purl bumps. This beautiful piece is definitely what your closet needs this season.  

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 28” x 62”

Gauge: 20 sts and 21.5 rows = 4” [10 cm] in brioche st; 20 sts and 42 rows = 4” [10 cm] in garter st. Exact gauge is not needed.

Materials

Yarn: Berroco Vintage DK (52% Acrylic, 40% Wool, 8% Nylon; 290 yards [266 meters]/100 grams):

#2192 Chana Dal (MC, 2 skeins), #2197 Neptune (CC1, 2 skeins), #2106 Smoke (CC2, 2 skeins), #2110 Fondant (CC3, 2 skeins), #2114 Aster (CC4, 2 skeins), #2101 Mochi (CC5, 1 skein), #2167 Dewberry (CC6, 1 skein).

Needles: US size 6 (4.0 mm) 32” (80 cm) circular

Notions: 3 Markers, removable markers, tapestry needle.

Abbreviations

LSLC – light side (LS) row, to be completed with light color (LC) yarn; right side row

LSDC – light side (LS) row, to be completed with dark color (DC) yarn; right side row

DSLC – dark side (DS) row, to be completed with light color (LC) yarn; wrong side row

DSDC – dark side (DS) row, to be completed with dark color (DC) yarn; wrong side row

Special Stitches

bSl1 (brioche slip): Sl st as if to purl with yarn wrapping up and over st on RH needle.

brk (brioche knit): Knit st together with its yarnover.

brp (brioche purl): Purl st together with its yarnover.

Pattern Notes

Fully reversible syncopated 4-color brioche design. Color changes are preceded by a group of garter stitches which make this syncopating process so easy to remember.

The Garter stitches are later decorated vertically, by pulling purple colored strands of yarn through the purl bumps.

Brown and vanilla colored garter stitch rows are centered within each color block and brown only garter stitch rows mark the beginning, the end, and the dividing line between each tile.

Pattern

With MC, CO 141 sts, using Loop or Twisted Loop cast on or any other elastic cast on.

Knit 1 row, turn.

All following rows have 2 knit edge sts at beg and sl sts at the end of every row.

Next Row: K to last 2 sts, sl2.

Rep last row 2 more times.

Cut MC strand, leaving 4” / [10 cm] tail.

Tile One

Attach one strand CC1 as the brioche LC and one strand CC2 as the brioche DC.

Row 1 LSLC: Holding both strands, k2, cont with LC only, ([bSl1, k1] 8 times, bSl1, k3, [p1, bSl1] 8 times, p1, k3) 3 times, [bSl1, k1] 8 times, bSl1, sl2, slide sts back to right end of needle.

Row 1 LSDC: Sl2, cont with DC only, ([brp1, bSl1] 8 times, brp1, p3, [bSl1, brk1] 8 times, bSl1, p3) 3 times, [brp1, bSl1] 8 times, brp1, sl2, turn.

Row 2 DSLC: Holding both strands, k2, cont with LC only, [bSl1, brp1] 8 times, bSl1, (p3, [brk1, bSl1] 8 times, brk1, p3, [bSl1, brp1] 8 times, bSl1) 3 times, sl2, slide sts back to right end of needle.

Row 2 DSDC: Sl2, cont with DC only, [brk1, bSl1] 8 times, brk1, (k3, [bSl1, brp1] 8 times, bSl1, k3, [brk1, bSl1] 8 times, brk1) 3 times, sl2, turn.

Row 3 LSLC: Holding both strands, k2, cont with LC only, ([bSl1, brk1] 8 times, bSl1, k3, [brp1, bSl1] 8 times, brp1, k3) 3 times, [bSl1, brk1] 8 times, bSl1, sl2, slide sts back to right end of needle.

Row 3 LSDC: Sl2, with DC ([brp1, bSl1] 8 times, brp1, p3, [bSl1, brk1] 8 times, bSl1, p3) 3 times, [brp1, bSl1] 8 times, brp1, sl2, turn.

Row 4 DSLC: Holding both strands, k2, cont with LC only, [bSl1, brp1] 8 times, bSl1, (p3, [brk1, bSl1] 8 times, brk1, p3, [bSl1, brp1] 8 times, bSl1) 3 times, sl2, slide sts back to right end of needle.

Row 4 DSDC: Sl2, cont with DC [brk1, bSl1] 8 times, brk1, (k3, [bSl1, brp1] 8 times, bSl1, k3, [brk1, bSl1] 8 times, brk1) 3 times, sl2, turn.

Rep Rows 3-4, 4 more times for a total of 12 brioche rows.

Cut both strands, leaving 4” / [10 cm] tail.

Complete a Garter Division

With MC strand, work 4 rows: k to last 2 sts, sl2.

With CC5 strand, work 4 rows: k to last 2 sts, sl2.

With MC strand, work 4 rows: k to last 2 sts, sl2

Cut both MC and CC5 strands, leaving 4” / [10 cm] tail.

Rep Rows 1-12 of brioche rows of Tile One pattern.

Complete a Tile Separation

With MC strand, work 4 rows: k to last 2 sts, sl2.

Cut strand, leaving 4” / [10 cm] tail.

Tile Two

Attach one strand CC3 as the brioche LC and one strand CC4 as the brioche DC, complete 12 rows in brioche, same as Tile One, but with Tile Two colors.

Cut both strands, leaving 4” / [10 cm] tail.

Work a Garter Division

With MC strand, work 4 rows: k to last 2 sts, sl2.

With CC5 strand, work 4 rows: k to last 2 sts, sl2.

With MC strand, work 4 rows: k to last 2 sts, sl2.

Cut both MC and CC5 strands, leaving 4” / [10 cm] tail.

Rep Rows 1-12 brioche rows of Tile Two.

Complete a Tile Separation

With MC strand, work 4 rows: k to last 2 sts, sl2.

Cut strand, leaving 4” / [10 cm] tail.

Rep entire sequence, Tile One and Tile Two, including the Tile Separation rows, 4 more times.

Rep Tile One once more.

Work Tile Separation rows.

BO all sts using Jeny’s surprisingly stretchy BO or any other stretchy BO.

Finishing

Wet block to meas 28” / [71 cm] wide x 62” / [157.5 cm] long.

Layout, making sure not to overstretch the brioche and garter sections.

When wet, one 12-row brioche section meas 2.5”/ [6 cm] and one 12-row garter section measures 1.25” / [3 cm].

Do not use pins when blocking so the fabric can settle unstressed. The brioche and garter fabric will closely match the finished measurements after completely dry.

Sew in all the ends.

Cut 24 pieces of CC6 at least 76” / [193 cm] long.

Use a sewing needle to feed a strand in between the first and 2nd purl bumps of the 3 garter sts that separate the syncopated brioche. Feed the strand up through the entire length of the piece, leaving about 5” / [13 cm] tail on both ends. Feed another strand in between the 2nd and 3rd purl bumps, next to the previous strand.

Rep the same 2 strand feed through for all 3 garter st bands on both RS and WS of piece.

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