Swerving Shawl

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  • This is a PDF knitting pattern

    This top-down shawl is knit in two-color brioche stitch. The asymmetrical shape grows with increases at the edges and center. The columns swerve and shift direction towards the end of the shawl leading to a folded picot hem.

    Blend your colors together using four colors for the main foreground color and four other colors for the contrasting background.

  • Finished Measurements
    84” / 213cm wingspan length, 28” / 71cm along center spine. Measurements taken after blocking.

    Yarn
    Sport or Fingering weight
    The fluffy suri alpaca on the background is a bit thicker than fingering weight, but you can mix the weights. The suri alpaca forms a super frothy soft background to the smooth merino wool foreground columns.

    Yardage
    MC - 750yds / 686m
    CC - 575yds / 526m
    Yardage may vary depending on gauge so I recommend having a bit of extra yarn just in case. 

    Needles
    40” US 5 / 3.75mm circular

    Notions: 
    22 stitch markers, tapestry needle

    Gauge
    18 sts & 22 rows = 4” / 10cm in two-color brioche stitch

  • MC - Qing Fibre Merino Fingering
    (100% Merino Wool; 437yds / 400m per 100g skein)
    CC - Qing Fibre Melted Baby Suri (65% Baby Suri Alpaca, 20% Merino, 15% Silk; 191yds / 175m per 50g skein)

    Green Version
    You can change colors whenever you like. For a more gradual color transition, don’t change the MC & CC at the exact same time. You can stagger your color changes. For example, if you change your CC, wait 5-10 rows until your change your MC for a nice overlapping color effect. These are the approximate color change locations for the green sample…

    MC 1 - Lost Wind (SECTIONS 1-4)
    MC 2 - Moss (SECTION 5)
    MC 3 - Siren (SECTION 6)
    MC 4 - Elderwood (BORDER)

    CC 1 - Sponge (SECTIONS 1-3)
    CC 2 - Hurricane (SECTION 4)
    CC 3 - Lost Wind (SECTION 5)
    CC 4 - Cha Cha (SECTION 6)

    Peachy Version
    This sample only uses 2 light creamy speckled colors for the MC foreground and a third dark neutral for the BORDER. The background features 3 colors of Qing Fibre Baby Suri Alpaca with extra contrast color stripes. The extra stripes vary from 2-row to 6-row stripes. You can add these striped accents whenever you like for the CC background.

    MC 1 - Oyster (SECTIONS 1-5)
    MC 2 - Kaleidoscope (SECTION 6)
    MC 3 - Storm (BORDER)

    CC 1 - Oyster (SECTION 1-4)
    CC 2 - Meadow (SECTION 5)
    CC 3 - Narwhal (SECTION 6)
    CC stripes - various color pops of Qing Fibre Merino Singles & La Bien Aimée Merino Singles