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Baby Brioche

Rainy Day Knits
Knitting
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 27 rows = 4 inches in brioche stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
4.0 mm (G)
325 - 350 yards (297 - 320 m)
infant to 12 months
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Baby Brioche is a seamless baby cardigan knit in brioche stitch. The brioche stitch creates a lofty fabric that is squeezably soft and incredibly stretchy, good qualities for a garment made for a growing babe. The body is worked top-down and flat while the sleeves are worked circularly.

Pattern features include a Channel Island cast on which rolls over into the brioche stitch ribs beautifully; a front opening with finished edges worked along with the body; and a combination of crocheted and I-cord button loops worked after the garment is finished, allowing button placement where wanted. Body increases are strategically placed and mirror-imaged, giving a sense of balance to the whole.

This is a one-skein project with Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock heavyweight.

Pattern tested by members of Ravelry’s Free Pattern Testers group. Thanks, ladies!

The pattern lists needle size US#6/4.25 mm; 4.0mm should work, too (Rav lists 4.0mm for US#6).

See also Sarah's notes for her ingenious two-color version of Baby Brioche, which allows one to knit a garment for either gender (if you care about such things) and/or provides for quick costume changes.