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Reversible Brioche Poncho

Difficulty level: **** Experienced

Free Poncho Knitting Pattern

 

SIZE: S/M, L/XL, 2X/3X

MATERIALS
Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool aran weight yarn 465 yd (458 m) / 227g, color Dark Brown – 2.5 skeins.  (DC) (shop for this yarn here!)
Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool aran weight yarn 465 yd (458 m) / 227g, color Natural - 2 skeins.  (LC) (shop for this yarn here!)
1 set of 21” circular US 6 (4.0  mm)
1 set of 32” circular US 6 (4.0  mm)
1 set of 60” circular US 6 (4.0  mm)
1 set of 60” circular US 9 (5.5  mm)

Stitch markers

GAUGE

14 sts/18 rows = 4" in brioche stitch
Note, that 1 row of brioche consists of 1 row of DC and 1 row of LC

PATTERN NOTES

Abbreviations:
Please note that I use Nancy Marchant terminology for brioche stitch. I highly recommend her books Knitting Brioche: The Essential Guide to the Brioche Stitch and Knitting Fresh Brioche: Creating Two-Color Twists & Turns, as well as her lessons on Craftsy. You can also visit her website at http://www.briochestitch.com/

k – knit
p  - purl
sl – slip st
yo – yarn over
yf – yarn forward
yb – yarn back
sl1yof – slip 1, yarn over, yarn to front: with working yarn in front, slip the next stitch purlwise, then bring the yarn over the needle and the slipped stitch, then bring yarn back to the front, ready to purl the following stitch.
yfsl1yo - yarn forward, slip 1, yarn over: bring the working yarn under the needle to front of work, slip the next stitch purlwise, then bring the yarn over the needle and the slipped stitch. Leave yarn in back, ready to knit the next stitch.
brk – brioche knit: knit the stitch together with its yarn over
brp – brioche purl: purl the stitch together with its yarn over
brkyobrk – brk1, yo, brk1: [brk1, yarn over (yarn over under needle, then over needle to back), brk1] in the same stitch. This is an increase of 2 stitches.
LS – light side
DS – dark side
LC – light color
DC- dark color


Two-Color Brioche Stitch in rounds

Please note that one brioche round consists of 2 rounds, one worked in DC and the other in LC.

Set up round (DC): *k1, yfsl1yo, repeat from * to the end of the round. Bring the LC yarn forward and leave it hanging in front of the work.
Set up round (LC):  yf, *sl1yof, brp1, repeat from * to the end of the round.  Bring the DC yarn back.
Round 1 (DC): yb, *brk1, yfsl1yo, repeat from * to the end of the round. Bring the LC yarn forward and leave it hanging in front of the work.
Rounds 1 (LC): yf, *sl1yof, brp1, repeat from * to the end of the round.  Bring the DC yarn back.
Repeat round 1 (DC and LC)


Poncho

The poncho is knitted top-down, in rounds, one round in DC followed by one round in LC. The DC is the “right” side of the poncho. However, the poncho is effectively reversible.

Using larger needles and DC loosely cast on 80 (88, 96) st, join and continue to work in rounds with smaller needles. Change to longer circular needles as needed. Place marker at the beginning of the row.

Set up round (DC): *k1, yfsl1yo, repeat from * to the end of the round. Bring the DC yarn forward and leave it hanging in front of the work. Place markers at 9th, 11th, 29th, 31st, 49th, 51st, 69th, 71st [(11th, 13th, 33rd, 35th, 55th, 57th, 77th, 79th), (11th, 13th, 35th, 37th, 59th, 61st, 83rd, 85th)] stitches. These will be the stitches where increases will be made.

Attach LC yarn

Set up round (LC):  yf, *sl1yof, brp1, repeat from * to the end of the round.  Bring the LC yarn back.

Round 1 (DC): yb, *brk1, yfsl1yo, repeat from * to the end of the round. Bring the DC yarn forward and leave it hanging in front of the work.

Round 1 (LC): yf, *sl1yof, brp1, repeat from * to the end of the round.  Bring the LC yarn back.

Repeat rounds 1 (DC and LC) 111 times. That means that you have to work 111 DC rounds and 111 LC rounds.

The increases are made in DC rounds starting from round 3, every 4th round (3, 7, 11, 15, 19, 23, etc)

Increase round (DC): yb, (brk1, yfsl1yo) 4 (5, 6) times, * (brkyobrk, yfsl1yo) 2 times, (brk1, yfsl1yo) 8 (9, 10) times, repeat from * to the end of the round, end with (brk1, yfsl1yo) 4 (4, 5) times.

Increase round (LC): yf, (sl1yof, brp1) 4 (5, 6) times, *( sl1yo, p1, sl1yo, brp1) 2 times, (sl1yof, brp1) 8 (9, 10) times, repeat from * to the end of the round, end with (sl1yof, brp1) 4 (4, 5) times.

Work Two-Color Brioche stitch as established for 3 rounds (3 DC and 3 LC)

Work increase round DC and LC. Make the increases at the marked stitches.

Continue to work the poncho as established for 111 rounds or to desired length.

Change to larger needles and work 8 rounds of stockinette stitch.

Bind off.

Collar

With DC and smaller needles pick up and knit 80 (88, 96) st around the neckline. Work rib 1x1 for 10” (25 cm) or to desired length. Bind off.


FINISHING
Weave in ends.

Enjoy!

 



Model Credit: Danica S.



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