New Pattern: Kelp Garden

Wooooo! It's that magical time of year again: Stitches West is upon us. And that means days of glorious shopping for yarns, finding inspiration in new designs and basically going mad with yarn-y knitting goodness!

This year I was honored, again, by being asked to design something new for the lovely gals of The Yarnover Truck, featuring a new and exclusive colorway from Yarn Love. And what's more? It gets to be a DK weight design. Me. Likey!

The Kelp Garden pattern will be available at The Yarnover Truck, booth 1048 at Stitches West, along with the exclusive colorway, Beneath the Waves from Yarn Love or right here on my website (and Ravelry, of course). 

KELP GARDEN

This fully reversible brioche shawl takes me back to my first trip kayaking off the shores of La Jolla, California: one side of this shawl makes me think of the kelp with it’s bulbs (top image), some of which would wash up on the shore; and the reverse side is reminiscent of the path of bubbles that would rise to the surface as I moved my paddle through the water (middle image).

The shawl comes in two sizes: the "smaller", which still generously wraps around the shoulders, has tassels at each of the 3 points. The larger uses up that extra yardage to create more size (see comparison in the bottom image). And although brioche is already considered a reversible fabric, the brioche lace is worked on what would traditionally be considered the wrong side of the shawl. In so doing, shaping on the right side and wrong side of the work creates a unique design on each side of the shawl - a truly 2 for 1 shawl!

MATERIALS

  • Yarn Love Amy March DK (DK weight; 100% superwash merino; 280 yds/ 256 m per 4 oz/113g), 1 skein each:
    • Color A: Black Coffee (Moonrise Beach)
    • Color B: Beneath the Waves (20,000 Leagues)
  • US 8 (5 mm) 32” circular needle (or preferred length)

  • Row Counter (optional)

  • Tapestry needle

  • Sharp scissors (for tassel-making, size Small only)

FINISHED DIMENSIONS

58 (64)” / 147 (163) cm wingspan x 20 (23)” / 51 (58) cm deep

PROJECT GAUGE

12 sts and 17 rows = 4” / 10 cm in even 2-color brioche worked flat, taken after blocking

NOTES

  • This shawl is constructed in a triangular shape and worked flat, from the center-top. Written and charted instructions are provided for the entirety of the shawl following the Setup Rows.
  • Due to this shawl being designed to use up the entirety of each skein of yarn, if you do not have additional skeins with which to swatch, you can begin your project and take a pre-blocked gauge on the even 2-color brioche section at the beginning of the shawl to be sure you’re on track. If not, I recommend changing needle size to match gauge and re-starting the project.
    • The pre-blocked gauge is: 17.5 sts & 24 rows = 4” / 10 cm in even 2-color brioche worked flat.
  • In 2-color brioche, worked flat, each row is worked 2 times before turning the work to the opposite side. When you complete an “a” row, instead of turning your work, you will SLIDE the sts back to the beginning of the needle and work a “b” row. Only after completing a “b” row will you TURN your work and knit the other side of the project.

  • Although gauge is not critical for this project, a looser gauge than noted will result in the use of more yardage.

  • The instructions provided are for two sizes of shawl - the smaller of which is designed to have tassels attached to the 3 points. Instructions are provided for the smallest size first, and the larger size in parenthesis. If only one set of instructions is provided, it applies to both sizes of shawl.

  • The brioche lace used in this shawl is courtesy of Nancy Marchant in her resource book: Knitting Fresh Brioche.

  • Both sizes of this shawl have been test knit for accuracy.

  • Written and video tutorial links are provided for many techniques in this shawl, including brioche and tassel making.

Pattern Facelift: Basync Brioche

Every time I say this to a non-brioche knitter I get an eye roll, so I'm going to say it again and see how many more eye rolls I can get: "Two-color brioche is EASIER to learn than one color".

For serious! How can 2 be easier than 1? Well, because in the case of brioche, you want to see how the two colors are interacting to form the fabric! 

Ok, lesson over!

Almost two years ago this simple little pattern was loaded up to Ravelry and became a really popular way for folks to learn to knit brioche! It's two colors (WOOT WOOT!), features a yarn that can stand up to multiple cast-ons (and subsequent ripping back to figure out how to brioche) and doesn't involve any difficult shaping stitches - it's 2-color brioche at it's most basic... almost! There's a teeny-tiny syncopation in the middle to change things up a bit so you can see how the yarn dominance of the brk's vs the brp's play together. 

When this pattern was originally released it was only done in Sport weight. Well, my friends, it was time for an update. Now we have this wonderful pattern in 3 weights: sporty, worsted and BULKY, BABY!

BASYNC BRIOCHE

So! If learning to knit brioche is on your to do list for 2018, this is the way to go! Not only do you have 3 weight options, each size designed to use just one skein of each color, but I have a slew of brioche tutorial videos to get you rockin' and rollin'! 

A couple of years ago I hosted a weeks worth of brioche tutorials - so you can go back in the archives and check out what I had to say about it, and visit the accompanying videos on YouTube to get you squared away:

Here are the blog posts, in order of which they were published. These were also my introduction to YouTube. My how time flies!

One color, flat: http://unapologeticknitter.com/blog/2015/5/4/how-to-one-color-brioche-knit-flat

One color, round: http://unapologeticknitter.com/blog/2015/5/5/how-to-one-color-brioche-in-the-round

Two color, flat: http://unapologeticknitter.com/blog/2015/5/4/how-to-two-color-brioche-knit-flat

Two color, round: http://unapologeticknitter.com/blog/2015/5/6/how-to-two-color-brioche-in-the-round

Fixing Brioche: http://unapologeticknitter.com/blog/2015/5/6/how-to-fix-dropped-stitches-in-brioche

 

Here's the pattern details so you can get to brioche-ing!

THE STORY

When the need for simplicity in my life crashed into my love of brioche, this basic, single syncopation brioche cowl was born. Each one of these cowls is designed to maximize the use of just 2 skeins: 1 skein of each color!

You can order a kit directly from Ewe Ewe Yarns that includes both the pattern and the yarn needed to make a cowl in your desired weight - we've even put together some color combinations that we think are pretty fabulous. Visit EWE EWE YARNS to get a kit.

SUPPLIES

  • A copy of the Basync Brioche pattern (included in kit)
  • Ewe Ewe Yarns - 100% superwash merino wool: (included in kit)
    • Sport Weight: Ewe So Sporty (145 yds / 50g skein): 1 skein each of “75 Sky Blue” (Color A) and “78 Sapphire” (Color B)
    • Worsted Weight: Wooly Worsted (95 yds / 50g skein): 1 skein each of “70 Aquamarine” (Color A) and “20 Red Poppy” (Color B)
    • Bulky Weight: Baa Baa Bulky (120 yds / 50g skein): 1 skein each of “97 Brushed Silver” (Color A) and “30 Saffron” (Color B)
  • US 6 (4mm) 24” / 60 cm circular needle (Sport weight)
  • US 8 (5mm) 24” / 60 cm circular needle (Worsted weight)
  • US 10.5 (6.5mm) 40” / 100 cm circular needle (Bulky weight)
  • Stitch marker
  • Row counter
  • Tapestry needle

FINISHED SIZES

  • Sport Weight Size: 7.75” / 20 cm tall x 24.5” / 62 cm circumference
  • Worsted Weight Size: 7.25” / 18.5 cm tall x24.5“ / 62 cm circumference
  • Bulky Weight Size: 6.5” / 16.5 cm tall x 44” /112 cm circumference

PROJECT GAUGE(S)

  • St and Row counts = 4” / 10 cm in even 2-color brioche, knit in the round (taken after blocking)
    • Sport Weight: 19 sts & 26 rows
    • Worsted Weight: 16 sts & 22 rows
    • Bulky weight: 12 sts & 13 rows

NOTES

  • These cowls are constructed in the round. A basic color swap halfway through the height of the cowl allows for the simple syncopation.
  • This pattern includes instructions for 3 weights of cowl: Sport, Worsted and Bulky weights. Instructions for the Sport weight cowl is written first with instructions for the Worsted and Bulky weights in parentheses as follows: Sport weight (Worsted weight, Bulky weight). When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.
  • Adjust needle size as necessary to match gauge.
  • While these samples were knit on the same size needles throughout, if you know you have a tight cast on or bind off, it is recommended to go up two needle sizes for the cast on and bind off to avoid pulling/puckering.
  • This project is meant to use the entirety of each of the skeins; note that the specified yarn amounts do not account for a gauge swatch.

 

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY! 

Now go get your pattern, your yarn and your needles and get to that brioche magic!