By Lesley Anne Robinson
Princess Leia :: a rebel, a role model, an icon.
On December 27, 2016, the world lost Carrie Fisher. This shawl was created as a tribute to her memory as Princess Leia from Star Wars.
To the Lost Princess :: Rebel is a crescent-shaped whimsical lace shawl inspired by Princess Leia from Star Wars. Rebel One is knit using the one-color brioche stitch. Rebel Two is the same shawl pattern, knit using the two-color brioche stitch.
Skill level: Intermediate. Basic brioche skills are not required, but are recommended. Techniques used: knit, purl, brioche knit (brk), brioche purl (brp), brioche increases and decreases. This crescent-shaped shawl is knit from center back down, with increases along the edges. Using a combination of radical increases and decreases, small brioche bobbles are created to adorn the top edging. The shawl is finished with a dramatic lace border, utilizing the same radical increases and decreases that were used for the edging, but in a more intricate way. The brioche lace was all inspired by Princess Leia’s iconic hairdo, the Rebel symbol, and galactic ships from Star Wars.
Rebel One and Two are both written and charted, for your convenience!
Rebel One: 81” / 206cm wingspan x 21” / 53cm depth, measured after blocking.
Rebel Two: 78” / 198cm wingspan x 21” / 53cm depth, measured after blocking.
Schematics included with both patterns.
Rebel One: 800 yds / 732 m Fingering / Sock weight yarn
Shown in for Rebel One:
2 skeins Hedgehog Fibres Sock in Typewriter (90% Merino wool, 10% Nylon; 437 yds per 100g)
Rebel Two: 847 yds / 775 m Fingering / Sock weight yarn
Main Color (MC): 437 yds / 400 m
Contrast Color (CC): 410 yds / 375 m
Shown in for Rebel Two:
MC: 1 skein Hedgehog Fibres Sock in Silence (90% Merino wool, 10% Nylon; 437 yds per 100g)
CC: 1 skein Hedgehog Fibres Sock in Wish (90% Merino wool, 10% Nylon; 437 yds per 100g)
Needles: 40” US 4 / 3.5mm circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge. Circular needles are used to accommodate large number of stitches, and for brioche knitting.
Tools: tapestry needle, row counter, cable needle or locking stitch marker for use with decreasing sts, 17 stitch markers for noting lace repeats, optional locking stitch marker for noting MS of work.
Rebel One: 15 sts x 29 rows = 4” / 10cm; measured in even one-color brioche stitch (taken after blocking).
Rebel Two: 14 sts x 28 rows = 4” / 10cm; measured in even two-color brioche stitch (taken after blocking).
Huge huge thanks to Beata from Hedgehog Fibres for this gorgeous yarn! It is the perfect color way to represent both Princess Leia and Carrie Fisher. Many thanks also go out to Meaghan Schmaltz for her awesome tech editing skills, and to my amazing test knitters, who helped this shawl pattern become a reality!!