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Half Brioche and Cable Checkerboard Lapghan or Baby Blanket

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Baby Blanket or Lapghan Knitting Pattern

This lap afghan features a unique motif: short lengths of cable interchanging with small rectangles of half brioche for a checkerboard or a basketweave look.

Regardless, it's very cool-looking and fun to make.

This square blanket is worked from the top up. The construction is very simple. The pattern is a combination of Half Brioche and cables. Half Brioche pattern is called thus because we slip a stitch with the yarn over (yo) only in right side (RS) rows and we work brioche purl (brp) in wrong side (WS) rows.

It can also be used as a baby blanket.

Finished Measurements: 40” x 40” (100 cm x 100 cm)

Skills Required/Techniques Used:
-Knit & purl, cast on & bind off
-One-color brioche

Materials: DK or worsted weight yarn – 1700-1800 yds (1600-1700 m) /750 gr

Needles: size 6 (4.25 mm) needles

Gauge: The size of 1 pattern repeat (26 sts x 68 rows) = 6.5” x 10” (16 cm x 25 cm)
The gauge is not very important

Notions: yarn needle, cable needle.

k - knit
p – purl
3/3 LC - slip next 3 stitches to cable needle and place at front of work, k3, then k3 from cable needle.
3/3 RC - slip next 3 stitches to cable needle and place at back of work, k3, then k3 from cable needle.
yo - yarn over
brp - brioche purl: purl the stitch together with its accompanying yarnover
yf sl1yo - bring yarn to the front, slip the next stitch purlwise, then bring the yarn to the back over the needle and the slipped stitch. The slipped stitch and yarn over are counted as 1 stitch.
RS - right side
WS - wrong side

Pattern Notes:

Half Brioche and Cable pattern
Multiple of 26, however multiple of 13 also works.

Row 1 (RS): p2, k9, p2, (yf sl1yo, p1) 6 times, yf sl1yo. 26 sts.
Row 2 (WS): (brp, p1) 6 times, brp, k2, p9, k2.
Row 3 (RS): repeat row 1.
Row 4 (WS): repeat row 2.
Row 5 (RS): p2, 3/3 LC, k3, p2, (yf sl1yo, p1) 6 times, yf sl1yo.
Row 6 (WS): repeat row 2.
Row 7 (RS): repeat row 1.
Row 8 (WS): repeat row 2.
Row 9 (RS): p2, k3, 3/3 RC, p2, (yf sl1yo, p1) 6 times, yf sl1yo.
Rows 10 - 33: repeat rows 2 - 9.
Row 34 (WS): repeat row 2.
Row 35 (RS): (yf sl1yo, p1) 6 times, yf sl1yo, p2, k9, p2.
Row 36 (WS): k2, p9, k2, (brp, p1) 6 times, brp.
Row 37 (RS): repeat row 35.
Row 38 (WS): repeat row 36.
Row 39 (RS): (yf sl1yo, p1) 6 times, yf sl1yo, p2, 3/3 LC, k3, p2.
Row 40 (WS): repeat row 36.
Row 41 (RS): repeat row 35.
Row 42 (WS): repeat row 36.
Row 43 (RS): (yf sl1yo, p1) 6 times, yf sl1yo, p2, k3, 3/3 RC, p2.
Rows 44 - 67: repeat rows 36 - 43.
Row 68 (WS): repeat row 36.

The chain selvedge/edge stitches: slip the first st and purl the last one.

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Cast on 197 sts.
Work Half Brioche and Cable pattern. There are 7,5 repeats of the pattern:
Row 1: sl1, *p2, k9, p2, (yf sl1yo, p1) 6 times, yf sl1yo, from * repeat 6 more times, p2, k9, p2, p1.
Continue to work the pattern from the chart or written instructions above.
Repeat rows 1-68 four times.
Bind off.


Weave in yarn ends. Block.

Have fun!

Please download the big chart file separately. There will only be a small chart in the PDF file.

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