Chess Shawl by Raina K

Chess Shawl

by Raina K
Knitting
February 2020
Sport (12 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in two-color brioche stitch pattern after blocking
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
1230 - 1380 yards (1125 - 1262 m)
Wingspan: Approx. 183 cm / 72“ Depth at widest point: 79 cm / 31“
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When your soul and body needs a little hug, cast on a dream yarn and lose yourself in the meditative act of brioche knitting. Yes, I have to admit, the inspiration for this shawl came from Tukuwool yarn. This pattern is an engaging knit with a beautiful result that lets your favorite yarn shine. The finished shawl will become a much loved warm and cozy winter wardrobe staple.

Set off your favorite colorful or variegated yarn on one side with contrasting background color on the other side. The result is like two different shawls because the fabric is completely reversible.

Chess Shawl is a sideways, asymmetrical shawl which begins with just 5 stitches at one tip and grows to its widest point, featuring a rectangular brioche motif that will look great in any yarn weight. The pattern is easily adjusted to any size by simply adding or reducing repeat sections.

The pattern includes both charts and full written instructions. It provides fully written row-by-row as well as charted instructions so you can choose which you prefer to work from.
Gauge is not so crucial for this design, but if your gauge differs from the pattern gauge, the dimensions of your shawl will be different as well. The pictured shawl was made with sport weight yarn, but the pattern can easily be worked in fingering, lace or DK weight yarn too.

YARN: Tukuwool Sock (Sport weight)
50grams/1.76 oz - 160 meters/175 yards, 80% Wool and 20% Nylon

YARN CONSUMPTION:
MC yarn: 3.8 skeins (190 gr / 6.7 oz - 608 m / 665 yds) Tukuwool Sock colorway Sake
CC yarn: 3.8 skeins (190 gr / 6.7 oz – 608 m / 665 yds) Tukuwool Sock colorway Repo.
Or use any other sport weight yarn.
Sample shawl weighs approx. 380 gr / 13.5 oz.
Note that if you use different weight yarn or different needle size, the yardage, weight and dimensions of your shawl may differ from mine.

NEEDLES: 3.00mm / US 2 ½, 100 cm (40“) circular needle, or size needed to get right gauge. (Use a long circular needle to accommodate the large number of stitches.)

SKILL LEVEL: Adventurous Beginner.
You should be familiar with two-color brioche knitting (slipped stitches worked in conjunction with yarn overs).

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS:
Wingspan: Approx. 183 cm / 72“
Depth at widest point: 79 cm / 31“
Measurements taken from relaxed fabric after blocking.

OTHER TOOLS: Tapestry needle; scissors; blocking tools (wires and pins)

GAUGE: 18 sts x 24 rows = 10cm / 4“ in two-color brioche stitch pattern after blocking.
Needle sizes are recommendations only. Always use the needle size necessary to achieve given gauge (to save your time). (My personal knitting tension is tight).

TECHNIQUES USED: Brioching back and forth, brioche decreases/increases (brLsl dec, brRsl dec, brkyobrk, brk1, brp1, sl1yo).

And thank you again my dear test knitters. Without you, this pattern isn’t here ….

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