Dandelion Fields by Lesley Anne Robinson

Dandelion Fields

June 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
12 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
in two-color brioche (taken after blocking)
US 5 - 3.75 mm
745 yards (681 m)
One size: 60” / 152cm wingspan x 23” / 58cm depth, measured after blocking; schematic included in pattern
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Dandelion Fields :: A half circle shawl with delicate lace inspired by blooming dandelions, knit using the two-color brioche stitch. Using two skeins of fingering weight yarn, this shawl is the perfect lightweight summer accessory to throw around your shoulders. The idea and inspiration for this shawl came to life by imagining rows of dandelions in a field, blossoming and blooming until finally releasing their seeds into the wild.

Many thanks to Shari of Peepaloo Fields for her beautiful yarns and brilliant ideas! Read my blog post here for more details on our collaboration together.

Check out my How to Wear video on YouTube!

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 circle shawl is knit flat, from the top center, outward. The Pi shawl shaping technique, a la Elizabeth Zimmerman, which begins with very few stitches, doubles the stitch count at larger and larger intervals (i.e.: after 3 rows, then 6 rows, then 12 rows, etc.) to achieve its overall half-circle shape. Fun and relaxing brioche lace stitch patterns emerge between each increase row, creating an accessory that you will wear for a lifetime.

This pattern is both written and charted for your convenience!

Size: One size: 60” / 152cm wingspan x 23” / 58cm depth, measured after blocking. Schematic is included with pattern.

Yarn: 745 yds / 682 m Fingering / Sock weight yarn
Main Color (MC): 390 yds / 357 m
Contrast Color (CC): 355 yds / 325 m

Shown in:
MC: 1 skein Peepaloo Fields Sensible Sock in Pontoon (80% Merino wool, 20% Nylon; 400 yds per 100g)
CC: 1 skein Peepaloo Fields Sensible Sock in Burnt (80% Merino wool, 20% Nylon; 400 yds per 100g)

Needles: 32” US 5 / 3.75mm 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, optional stitch markers to note lace repeats

Gauge: 12 sts x 20 rows = 4” / 10cm; measured in even two-color brioche stitch (taken after blocking).

Many thanks go out to my amazing tech editor, Meaghan Schmaltz notsorryknitter, and to all of my fabulous test knitters!! Without them, this pattern would not have been possible.