Audacious by Lesley Anne Robinson


January 2023
both are used in this pattern
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 19 rows = 4 inches
in even two-color brioche stitch knit flat (taken after blocking)
US 4 - 3.5 mm
758 - 1569 yards (693 - 1435 m)
Small (Large); see notes for additional information
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Yarn: Grab these amazing custom colors for your own Audacious shawl: Barker Wool: Flowers in the Bath (Assigned Pooling colorway) La Bien Aimée: Audacieux (fuchsia semi-solid)

Audacious : An asymmetrical triangle shawl knit using two-color brioche, speckled with Floral Bobbles created using the Assigned Pooling technique developed by Dawn Barker of Barker Wool, with a brioche twist.

This pattern was worked in collaboration with Dawn Barker, creator of the Assigned Pooling concept. When I first saw Dawn Barker’s Assigned Pooling patterns, they took my breath away. I was so inspired!! I knew immediately that I wanted to experiment with this fascinating technique, but with brioche knitting. I am so grateful for her expertise, thank you, Dawn! This collaboration was brainstormed at the Hill Country Weavers retreat with Dawn and Aimée, where we got to visit with each other and discuss all things Assigned Pooling and combining the technique with brioche! I am so excited to finally be able to share it with all of you!

Yarn Notes:
For your Main Color (MC) yarn, you are going to need yarn especially dyed for Assigned Pooling. For your Contrast Color (CC), you will need a solid or semi-solid yarn. The yardage / meterage listed includes 10% overage to account for differences in gauge and tension. You may not use all of your yarn for this project, but you will use most, if not all, of your MC. If you do swatch before you cast on the shawl, I recommend knitting a smaller swatch than normal, or using extra yarn you may have on hand to practice.

Skill Level:
Beginner brioche friendly!! Basic brioche skills are not required, this is a fantastic pattern to learn with. I wrote this pattern to be very approachable to beginners who want to try brioche knitting as well as experiment with Assigned Pooling techniques!!

Techniques used:
knit, purl, yarn overs, brioche knit (brk), brioche purl (brp), brioche increases, Floral Bobbles Assigned Pooling stitches, Twisted German Cast On, Elastic Bind Off, asymmetrical triangle shaping knit from side to side.

Video Tutorial for Floral Bobbles:

Construction Notes:
This asymmetrical triangle shawl is knit from side to side and flat, from cast on point to bind off edge. You will cast on very few stitches, then work even Two-Color Brioche for the entirety of the shawl, increasing 2 stitches at the left edge every Main Side row with your Main Color.

The interesting and engaging aspect of this shawl is in the Assigned Pooling Floral Bobbles! This shawl pattern is meant to be worked with yarn that is specifically dyed for Assigned Pooling to be used as your Main Color, and solid or semi-solid yarn to be used as your Contrast Color. The Main Side of your shawl will be a flow of Two-Color Brioche with Floral Bobbles speckled throughout! The Contrast Side of your shawl will look like it was knit in even Two-Color Brioche. Every single shawl will be different, and a work of art!! Think of it like painting with yarn. I have included extensive notes on how to work the Floral Bobbles, as well as Frequently Asked Questions!

This is my absolute favorite shawl shape!! I love wearing it kerchief-style, with the increase edge (the longest edge) wrapped around my neck and the bind off edge cascading down.

» Small (Large):
50 (70)” / 127 (178) cm wingspan and 32 (40)” / 81 (101.5) cm deep, measured after blocking.

» Gauge:
18 sts x 19 rows = 4” / 10 cm; measured in even two-color brioche stitch knit flat (taken after blocking).


» Yarn: Fingering / Sock weight
758 (1569) yds / 694 (1436) m total
Main Color (MC): 437 (874) yds / 400 (800) m
Contrast Color (CC): 321 (695) yds / 294 (636) m

» Shown in: Large size
MC: 1 (2) skein(s) Barker Wool Solo Single Ply in Flowers in the Bath (Assigned Pooling colorway; 100% Superwash Fine Merino; 437 yds / 400 m per 100 g)
CC: 1 (2) skein(s) La Bien Aimée Merino Singles in Audacieux (fuchsia; 100% Superwash Merino; 400 yds / 366 m per 100 g)

» Needles:
32” / 81 cm US 4 / 3.5 mm circular needles

Circular needles are used for brioche knitting, and to accommodate a large number of stitches. Adjust needle size as needed to obtain proper gauge.

» Tools:
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends, row counter or your preferred method of keeping track of your pattern

Many thanks again to Dawn from Barker Wool and Aimée from La Bien Aimée for their amazing yarn support and design inspiration!! Thank you to my tech editor Sam Winkler (Bewildered Panda Knits) for all her help in editing my pattern!! Also a HUGE thank you to all my Patrons and test knitters for their help in testing out this pattern!! Be sure to check out their projects for some serious color inspiration!!