Golden Willow by Lesley Anne Robinson

Golden Willow

April 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 18 rows = 4 inches
in even two-color brioche stitch (taken after blocking)
US 4 - 3.5 mm
950 yards (869 m)
One size: 83” / 211 cm long and 16” / 40.5 cm wide, measured after blocking
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There is a Golden Willow tree growing in the yard of Patti Smith, nurtured from a fallen branch back to life. This wrap is named for this beautiful tree. Inspired by Patti Smith and her phenomenal poetry : a wrap shaped like a parallelogram, showcasing different brioche textures with two-color brioche color blocks as the focal point. The pattern created by the brioche stitches in the center color blocks resembles tree shapes formed in nature.

This was a very fun collaboration with Lily from Wishbone Yarns! She has some beautiful kits available on her website HERE!

Grab 3 skeins of fingering weight yarn for a textural wrap. For the best results, I recommend a light, medium, and dark color, and to choose solid or semi-solid yarns. If you want to use speckled or variegated yarns, I recommend something with very subtle speckles or variegation to truly see the textural brioche shining through.

Skill level: Intermediate. Basic brioche skills are not required, but are recommended. Techniques used: knit, purl, knitting increases, brioche knit (brk), brioche purl (brp), brioche increases and decreases, brioche textures, parallelogram / rectangular shawl shaping. This is a fantastic shawl pattern to try out some fabulous brioche textures! Especially if you’ve taken my Textural Brioche class before.

I have provided video tutorials for almost every single brioche texture included in this pattern!
One-Color Honeycomb Brioche
Two-Color Honeycomb Brioche
Two-Color Pearl Brioche
Three-Color Moss Brioche

If you took my Textural Brioche class at DFWFF, do NOT purchase this pattern!! I will be gifting it to you!!

Construction Notes: Golden Willow is knit from side to side, starting and ending with very few stitches. You will begin with varying textural brioche stripes, blending your yarns together as you increase stitches. Once the two-color brioche center is reached, the shawl shaping will stop and you will create color blocks with an oversized brioche lace stitch pattern resembling tree tops. 3 color blocks are formed, and then you will begin decreasing stitches on the opposite side to form the parallelogram shape. While decreasing, you will use different color combinations to create the same textural brioche stripes as in the first section. I love to wear this shawl wrapped around my shoulders and neck like a scarf, to really showcase all of the different stitch patterns used!

This pattern has both written instructions and charts, which are used simultaneously.

One size: 83” / 211 cm long and 16” / 40.5 cm wide, measured after blocking. Schematic included with pattern, and is also shown here in the last photo.


Yarn: 950 yds / 868 m Fingering or Sock weight
A: 300 yds / 274 m
B: 350 yds / 320 m
C: 300 yds / 274 m
Optional: Additional yarn to create tassels

Shown in:
A: 1 skein Wishbone Gloss Singles in Rose Water (light beige; 70% Extra Fine Merino wool, 30% Tussah Silk; 394 yds / 360 m per 100 g)
B: 1 skein Wishbone Gloss Singles in Za’atar (olive green; 70% Extra Fine Merino wool, 30% Tussah Silk; 394 yds / 360 m per 100 g)
C: 1 skein Wishbone Gloss Singles in Byzantine Blue (dark teal; 70% Extra Fine Merino wool, 30% Tussah Silk; 394 yds / 360 m per 100 g)

Needles: 24” / 61 cm or longer US 4 / 3.5 mm circular needle OR size needed to obtain gauge. Circular needles are used for brioche knitting.

Tools: tapestry needle, row counter, cable needle or locking stitch marker for decreasing stitches

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

Many many thanks to Lily Turner, the wonderful dyer behind Wishbone Yarns! I had so much fun collaborating with her, and coming up with this design together. I also want to thank my amazing Tech Editor, Meaghan Schmaltz, for her efforts and expertise. And finally, a HUGE thank you to my awesome test knitters!!! Be sure to check out their projects for some serious color inspiration!!