Brownstone Ivy by Lesley Anne Robinson

Brownstone Ivy

September 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
13.5 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1170 yards (1070 m)
One size: 90” / 228 cm wingspan x 21” / 53 cm depth, measured after blocking
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Brownstone Ivy is a half-ellipse shaped lace shawl with vines twisting and color blocking, knit using the two-color brioche stitch. Grab 4 skeins of contrasting fingering weight yarn for this color-blocked shawl!!

This shawl pattern was knit in collaboration with two awesome yarn shops in Brooklyn, NY: Brooklyn General Store, and Argyle Yarn Shop! I wanted to create an exciting brioche lace shawl that would keep changing and keep the knitter truly engaged. A brioche lace pattern twists and grows with the shawl, mimicking vines of ivy growing up the side of an old brownstone in Brooklyn.

There are some fabulous kits available through Brooklyn General Store! Click here to see them!

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: This half-ellipse shaped shawl is knit from center back down, with increases along the edges. The vine brioche lace stitch pattern begins almost immediately, while continuing to grow with the shawl. In the first few sections, the stitch pattern is very condensed. But starting in Section Three, the even brioche rows between the lace rows grows and grows, until finally being very open when changing colors for the border.

This pattern is both written and charted for your convenience!

One size: 90” / 228 cm wingspan x 21” / 53 cm depth, measured after blocking; Schematic included with pattern.


Yarn: 1170 yds / 1069 m Fingering / Sock weight yarn
Color A: 380 yds / 347 m
Color B: 380 yds / 347 m
Color C: 210 yds / 192 m
Color D: 200 yds / 183 m

Shown in:
A: 1 skein Life in the Long Grass Singles in Rosebay (pink; 100% Merino wool; 400 yds / 366 m per 100g)
B: 1 skein Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles in Goblin (speckled teal; 100% Merino wool; 400 yds / 366 m per 100g)
C: 1 skein Black Elephant Merino Singles in Bridge Burning (orange; 100% Merino wool; 400 yds / 366 m per 100g)
D: 1 skein Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles in Graphite (black; 100% Merino wool; 400 yds / 366 m per 100g)

Needles: 32” / 81 cm 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, cable needle or locking stitch marker for use with decreasing sts, optional 22 stitch markers for noting lace repeats

Gauge: 13.5 sts x 33 rows = 4” / 10 cm; measured in even two-color brioche stitch (taken after blocking).

Many many thanks to the ladies at Brooklyn General Store and Argyle Yarn Shop for this exciting collaboration!! I would also love to thank my tech editor Meaghan Schmaltz for her awesome support, as well as my test knitters who always inspire and help me. Be sure to check out their amazing shawls for some serious color inspiration!!