Douro by Norah Gaughan


January 2018
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
15 stitches and 41 rows = 4 inches
in Brioche Rib, after blocking
US 7 - 4.5 mm
2055 yards (1879 m)
26¼" [66.5 cm] wide; 80" [203 cm] long
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Light and lofty brioche stitch makes the ideal wrap or lap blanket. Douro explores the possibilities of traveling lines in brioche, wandering from symmetry to asymmetry and back to regular ribs. The two halves culminate in a band of garter stitch fused at the center spine with the Joinery Bind-Off. Worked from written instructions, this pattern is a good way to step up from basic brioche knitting.

15 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 140 yards/50 grams)

Photographed in color Old World

2055 total yards of worsted weight wool yarn

15 stitches & 41 rows = 4" in Brioche Rib, after blocking

Note that for Brioche Rib, each elongated stitch in a column of knit stitches represents two rows; when you count these it will appear that 21 rows = 4"

Two 24" circular needles in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)

Finished Dimensions
26¼" [66.5 cm] wide; 80" [203 cm] long

Measurements taken from relaxed fabric after blocking.

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern
Rib Cabled Cast On
Joinery Bind Off

Skill Level
3 out of 5

Our sincerest thanks goes to our translators: Bianca French (German), Marina Melnikova (Russian), Sophie Oudry-Braillon (French), and our Japanese translator (who wishes to remain anonymous).