Indigo Wings by Lesley Anne Robinson

Indigo Wings

April 2018
Lace ?
22 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in even two-color brioche stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1470 yards (1344 m)
One size: 67” / 170cm wingspan and 23” / 58.5cm depth, measured after blocking
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Indigo Wings is a lightweight half-ellipse shawl with a feather-like lace fanning out to a beautifully simple texture, all knit using the two-color brioche stitch.

Vale yarn is as light as a feather, and I was inspired to create a wing-like shawl with a stitch pattern resembling feathers. The texture created by the moss brioche stitch in the center of the shawl is incredible, and extremely relaxing to knit. Use 2 contrasting colors for a statement shawl, or 2 colors of similar shades for a subtle shawl perfect for the transition to warmer weather.

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.

Construction Notes: Indigo Wings is a half-ellipse shawl, knit from the top of the neck down to the border. The feather-like brioche lace stitches adorn the edges of the shawl, and fan out as the shawl grows. All of the shawl shaping is created within the two-color brioche moss stitch. 4 stitches are increased every Main Side, Main Color row within the moss stitch, and continue to do so through the border. This textural brioche stitch is so relaxing to knit. I call it the “Garter Stitch” of two-color brioche, because you are simply “brk-ing” all stitches. I wear this shawl with the top edge at the base of my neck, the small half-ellipse shape fits so perfectly there, and the rest of the shawl around my shoulders and arms.

This pattern is both written and charted for your convenience!

One size: 67” / 170cm wingspan and 23” / 58.5cm depth, measured after blocking. Schematic included with pattern.

Yarn: 1,470 yds / 1,345 m Lace weight yarn
Main Color (MC): 730 yds / 668 m
Contrast Color (CC): 740 yds / 677 m

Shown in:
MC: 2 skeins Brooklyn Tweed Vale in Arabesque (pink; 100% Rambouillet wool; 450 yds / 411 m per 50g)
CC: 2 skeins Brooklyn Tweed Vale in Sashiko (dark blue; 100% Rambouillet wool; 450 yds / 411 m per 50g)

Needles: 40” or longer 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, 4 locking stitch markers

Gauge: 22 sts x 36 rows = 4” / 10cm; measured in even two-color brioche stitch (taken after blocking).

Many many thanks to Brooklyn Tweed for their generosity and support, and for creating beautifully lightweight yarn that’s perfect for the warmer weather. I also want to thank my amazing tech editor, Meaghan Schmaltz notsorryknitter, and all of my fabulous test knitters!! Without them, this pattern would not have been possible. Be sure to look at all of my test knitters’ projects for some serious color inspiration!