Lockdown by Robynn Weldon


by Robynn Weldon
March 2020
Any gauge - designed for any gauge ?
600 - 800 yards (549 - 732 m)
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This pattern is available for €1.00 EUR buy it now

If you’ve always wanted to learn brioche, now’s your chance. We’re going to do this MKAL style, each lesson released as a separate “clue”. (NB: there are no video lessons – the pattern will teach you, with photos and detailed explanations.) I’m going to take you through brioche, one technique at a time, until you are quite comfortable with two-colour brioche patterning, fancy shaping stitches and all – and you’ll have a pretty scarf to show for it!

The first lesson is now released. Come back weekly to download the updates; you can also join in on social media using the hashtag #LockdownBriocheSchool, or in my group.
Lesson 2: 1 April (no joke!)
Lesson 3: 8 April
Lesson 4: 15 April
Lesson 5: 22 April

This pattern is entirely free (the $1 price is set for technical reasons, but it will be automatically deducted at checkout). If you enjoy it, I would love for you to donate $10 to a hunger relief charity – such as the Trussell Trust in the UK (for food banks), or Food4Kids. Incidentally the Unique Sheep has a Pandemic colourway that’s raising funds for Food4Kids, and that yarn would look great in this scarf…

What do you need?
At least two colours of yarn in any weight from fingering to aran (heavier is also possible). I recommend not using more than one strongly variegated colour.

A circular needle in a suitable size to give fairly loose gauge with your chosen yarn. You’re not working in the round, you just need a double-ended needle. 60cm / 24in long is ideal but longer is also fine.

Yarn needle for sewing in ends.

These are estimated total yarn requirements for three common options:

Lace-weight mohair blend (such as Kidsilk Haze): 720m / 780yds
4mm needle

Fingering weight: 720m / 780 yds
3.5mm needle

DK weight: 600m / 650 yds
4.5mm needle

For heavier weights, I’m not able to give accurate estimates but suggest either allowing at least 300g, or planning to make it a bit shorter (maybe wider too) and seaming to form a cowl.