Béton Brut by Karie Westermann

Béton Brut

September 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in blocked garter stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
690 - 750 yards (631 - 686 m)
One size: 175cm x 90cm x 180cm / 69" x 35.5" x 71"
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This pattern is fully written and charted, and is suitable for intermediate knitters.

Béton Brut Fr: “raw concrete” is a shawl inspired by mid-20th-century architecture, concrete, and, specifically, the National Theatre building found in London’s South Bank Centre.

The shawl echoes the architectural style of Brutalism in its rigid lines, simple block-like forms, emphasis upon its raw material, and unusual shape. It is knitted in garter stitch with slipped stitches, an applied i-cord edge, and a surface braid imitating a much more complex technique.

Please weigh your yarn before knitting this shawl and make sure you have enough yardage. The pattern as written requires 2 skeins of Walcot Opus.

Tip: The fabric is very stretchy, so you may be able to block the shawl bigger than indicated. I opted for a slightly ‘dense’ block as I liked the fabric it gave me.