Valtava by Brandy Velten


March 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
18.5 stitches and 25.25 rows = 4 inches
in brioche stitch
US 3 - 3.25 mm
872 - 1744 yards (797 - 1595 m)
Large (Extra large)
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Meaning “huge” in Finnish, Valtava is a large triangle-shaped shawl knit from the top-down in squishy two-color brioche stripes and featuring two size options. You can use only two colors, alternating which is the dominant color with each stripe, as in the sample, or switch things up and use completely different colors for each striped section for a colorful shawl that is sure to dazzle. The color possibilities are endless and there are no wrong choices. Plus, due to the nature of brioche knitting, there is no “wrong side” to this piece, providing endless styling choices to show off this gorgeous and graciously-sized shawl. Let your imagination run wild!


  • US 3 / 3.25 mm 32” circular knitting needles (or size necessary to obtain gauge)
  • tapestry needle
  • 4 stitch markers

1 (2) skein(s) each of Long Dog Yarn Bounce (100% Superwash merino wool; 436 yds per 100 g) in colorways Birthday Cake (C1) and Crush (C2).

18.5 sts x 25.25 rows = 4” / 10 cm in brioche stitch

Finished sizes
Large (Extra Large) measures approximately 54” (65”) along the top edge by 29” (36”) deep.

Sample shawl is size extra large.

Pattern Difficulty
4 out of 5

Skills Required
two-color brioche, basic increasing in brioche, garter tab