Gem Waves by Lesley Anne Robinson

Gem Waves

February 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch worked flat
US 4 - 3.5 mm
765 yards (700 m)
One size: 90” / 229 cm wingspan and 16” / 41 cm depth, measured after blocking
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Gem Waves is a crescent-shaped shawl knit using a combination of garter stitch, two-color brioche, and eyelet stockinette stripes to create brilliant texture that resembles waves. I was inspired by my Gulf Waves shawl pattern, and wanted to create a larger, two-color version! Grab two skeins of fingering weight yarn for this textural shawl! The textures created in this pattern are perfect for showing off speckled and variegated yarns as well as solids and semi-solids! Grab those two special skeins that have been sitting in your stash or dash out to your LYS to get brand new ones!

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Skill level: Beginner brioche friendly!! Basic brioche skills are not required, this is a great pattern to start with if you’ve never tried two-color brioche knitting! Techniques used: knit, purl, eyelets, stripes, lace knitting increases and decreases, brioche knit (brk), brioche purl (brp), sideways crescent shawl shaping. I wrote this pattern to be very approachable to brioche beginners who want to learn the technique, with lots of breaks between the brioche sections!! Links to video tutorials for cast on and bind off included.

Construction Notes: This crescent-shaped shawl is knit from side to side, beginning and ending with garter stitch stripes. Very few stitches are cast on, and the shawl grows within the garter stitch stripes. Once the center section is reached the shawl is knit with no shaping, and textural waves are created within the fabric by alternating between Two-Color Brioche and Eyelet stockinette stripes. After completing the stripes, garter stitch stripes and shawl shaping resumes, ending with few stitches. The crescent shape is created in the blocking process!

I love to wear this shawl around my neck and shoulders. It pairs perfectly over a favorite dress for fun date night, or with a light jacket for a night on the town.

One size: 90” / 229 cm wingspan and 16” / 41 cm depth, measured after blocking. Schematic as well as blocking notes and photos included with pattern.

Yarn: 765 yds / 699 m Fingering / Sock weight yarn
Main Color (MC): 380 yds / 347 m
Contrast Color (CC): 385 yds / 352 m

Shown in:
MC: 1 skein Copper Corgi Savannah Sock in Tea for One (copper; 100% Superwash Merino wool; 460 yds / 421 m per 100g)
CC: 1 skein Copper Corgi Savannah Sock in Kashmir (deep teal; 100% Superwash Merino wool; 460 yds / 421 m per 100g)

Needles: 24” / 61 cm or longer US 4 / 3.5 mm circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge. Circular needles are used for brioche knitting.

Tools: tapestry needle, row counter

Gauge: 26 sts x 38 rows = 4” / 10cm; measured in garter stitch worked flat (taken after blocking).

I would like to thank my amazing Tech Editor, Meaghan Schmaltz (notsorryknitter) for her help and expertise!! I would also love to thank my awesome test knitters, be sure to check out their projects for different color combos!!