Honey I Shrunk the Stash by Lesley Anne Robinson

Honey I Shrunk the Stash

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Honey, I Shrunk the Stash!!!! A design-your-own striped symmetrical triangle-shaped shawl knit from the top down, using the one-color brioche stitch.

No, I don’t have a giant shrinking machine in my attic. But I do have a mindless pattern to magically shrink your stash! Think of this shawl as a blank canvas, a beautiful blank canvas for you to use your own creativity and instinct to design the shawl of your dreams using only your stash yarn. Leftovers, the beautiful advent minis you just received, random balls of yarn that are so old you can’t even remember who made it or where you bought it, or even completely intentional color choices, like those gorgeous one-of-a-kind skeins of artisan yarns you have but never want to use because you haven’t found the perfect project yet. THIS is the project. Go with your gut. Plan out your entire color palette before casting on, and then change your mind after a few stripes! Maybe you just want repeating stripes of 2 or 3 colors. Maybe you want a shawl that looks exactly like mine. I have created diagrams that are included in this pattern showing exactly how many rows I knit with each color (for every sample that I made) so that you can mimic exactly what I did using your own yarns (or maybe you even have the colors that I used!). I have even listed the exact yarns that I used in each Key included with the Stripe Sequences and diagrams. There is also a Coloring Page, so that you can plan out and design your own masterpiece.

Feeling a bit unsure about your own color choices? I have included a special page in the pattern to help you with all my guidance and advice about raiding your stash for the perfect color combination!

Skill level:
Beginner brioche friendly!! Basic brioche skills are not required, this is a fantastic pattern to learn with. One-color is like the garter stitch of brioche: you’re only ever brioche knitting!

Techniques used:
knit, brioche knit (brk), brkyobrk (2-st brioche increase), top-down triangle shawl shaping. I wrote this pattern to be very approachable to beginners who want to try brioche knitting!!

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This is the FREE November pattern for Intermediate Patrons and above!

Video Tutorial for i-cord bind off with brioche stitches:

Construction Notes:
You will knit this symmetrical triangle-shaped shawl using one-color brioche, starting from the top edge and increasing 8 stitches every 2 brioche rows until binding off. 2 stitches are increased at each edge, with an additional 4 stitches in the center. This helps to create the deep triangle shape with an extra-long wingspan. Adding stripes to this simple one-color fabric accentuates the “V” chevrons created within the shawl itself. It also makes it exciting to knit and hard to put down!

I love wearing this shawl kerchief-style, with the top edge wrapped around my neck and the bottom bind off edge hanging down.

» Small (Large):
65 (93)” / 165 (236) cm wide and 29 (39)” / 73.5 (99) cm deep, measured after blocking.

» Gauge:
16 sts and 24 rows = 4” / 10 cm (measured in one-color brioche stitch pattern knit flat, taken after blocking)


» Yarn: Fingering / sock weight

Small: 800 yds / 732 m
A: 400 yds / 366 m
B: 400 yds / 366 m

Large: 300 g

» Shown in:

A: 1 skein Dandelions & Daisies Moonflower Singles in Lavender Honey (cream speckled)
B: 1 skein Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles in Goblin (black speckled)

Large: I grabbed a wide variety of fingering weight leftovers from my stash, including many different bases. I do not have exact amounts listed for each yarn. I have listed all of the yarns I used in both of my Large samples here on the pattern page, which you can see in the Pink and Blue versions.

For the Large shawl sample, yarn is listed in grams because I used a mixture of different fingering weight bases. Please note that this means the gauge is an approximation, and your gauge may vary from yarn to yarn and stripe to stripe if you decide to mix bases as well.

» Needles:
40” / 101.5 cm US 4 / 3.5 mm circular needles
Circular needles are used to accommodate a large number of stitches. Adjust needle size as needed to obtain proper gauge.

» Tools:
tapestry needle for weaving in ends, row counter or preferred method for keeping track of pattern, 1 stitch marker for noting center stitch, optional locking stitch marker for noting Main Side of work

I want to thank my amazing Tech Editor, Meaghan Schmaltz, for her efforts and expertise. And a HUGE thank you to my awesome test knitters!!! Be sure to check out their projects for some serious color inspiration!! They had just as much fun creating and designing their own shawls, and are all so unique.