By Lesley Anne Robinson
Skill level: Beginner brioche friendly!! I wrote this pattern specifically for new brioche knitters who might want to try the technique in a pattern! Techniques used: knit, purl, knitting increases and decreases, brioche knit (brk), brioche purl (brp), brioche increase, symmetrical top down shawl shaping, slip stitch textures.
Construction Notes: This symmetrical triangle shawl is knit from the top down, with increases in the center as well as along the edges. The pattern begins with garter stitch and Color A, increasing stitches to get you to the first section of two-color brioche and slipped stitches. You will bring in Color B, and the slipped stitch pattern will be at the edges as well as the middle of the shawl, worked on the bias. The shawl shaping increases will be within the brioche triangle that begins to form as the shawl grows. A garter stitch stripe in Color B divides and blends the colors, transitioning to another graphic color block of slipped stitches and brioche triangles using Colors B and C. A small border of garter stitch and blended slip stitch stripes finishes the shawl, bringing all 3 colors together. This shawl is very easy to modify by adding or omitting repeats of each section! I wear this shawl with the top edge wrapped warmly around my neck or shoulders, and the bottom point of the triangle facing down.
This pattern has both written instructions and charts, which are used simultaneously.
Sizes: Small (Large): 62 (77)” / 157.5 (195) cm wingspan and 27 (37)” / 68.5 (95) cm depth. Schematic included with pattern.
Yarn: 795 (1,200) yds / 727 (1,137) m fingering / sock weight
Color A: 180 (280) yds / 165 (256) m
Color B: 315 (490) yds / 288 (488) m
Color C: 300 (430) yds / 274 (393) m
Shown in: Small
A: 1 skein EmiB Yak in Ice Blue (60% Merino wool, 20% Silk, 20% Yak; 525 yds / 480 m per 120 g)
B: 1 skein EmiB Yak in Fawn (60% Merino wool, 20% Silk, 20% Yak; 525 yds / 480 m per 120 g)
C: 1 skein EmiB Yak in Espresso (60% Merino wool, 20% Silk, 20% Yak; 525 yds / 480 m per 120 g)
Needles: 40” / 101.5 cm or longer US 4 / 3.5 mm circular needle OR size needed to obtain gauge.
Tools: tapestry needle, row counter, optional locking stitch marker for noting MS of work
Gauge: 21 sts x 48 rows = 4” / 10cm; measured in garter stitch knit flat (taken after blocking).