Mauvelous by Lesley Anne Robinson


September 2018
Light Fingering ?
20 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch (after blocking)
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1135 yards (1038 m)
One size: 73” / 185 cm wingspan x 32” / 81 cm depth (measured after blocking)
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Choose 3 colors of fingering or light fingering weight yarn for the textural shawl of your dreams! Mauvelous is a large, symmetrical triangle shawl with stripes of color and geometric patterns, knit using a combination of garter stitch medallions and two-color brioche zig zags.

Skill level: Beginner brioche - Intermediate. Basic brioche skills are not required, but are recommended. Techniques used: knit, purl, simple lace knitting increases and decreases, brioche knit (brk), brioche purl (brp), simple brioche increases and decreases (no br4st dec!!), traditional triangle shawl shaping. I wrote this pattern to be very approachable to brioche beginners who want to dive deeper into brioche lace!!

Construction Notes: This symmetrical triangle shawl is knit from the top down, with increases in the center as well as along the edges. The shawl begins with a simple garter stitch setup using Color A, then Diamond Medallions are created using garter stitch lace. To bring in Color B, a two-color brioche zig zag section begins to really blend your colors well. These are alternated again continuing with Color B, and then bringing in Color C for a bold finish. I wear this shawl with the top edge wrapped warmly around my neck or shoulders, and the bottom point of the triangle facing down.

This pattern is both written and charted for your convenience!

One size: 73” / 185 cm wingspan x 32” / 81 cm depth, measured after blocking. Schematic included in pattern.

Yarn: 1135 yds / 1037 m Fingering weight yarn
Color A: 310 yds / 283 m
Color B: 405 yds / 370 m
Color C: 420 yds / 384 m

Shown in:
A: 1 skein Aya Fibers Silk Singles in Saffron Crocus (light mauve; 70% Superwash Merino wool, 30% Silk; 437 yds / 400 m per 100g)
B: 1 skein Aya Fibers Silk Singles in Yummy Tits (hot pink; from Tits Out Collective)
C: 1 skein Aya Fibers Silk Singles in Secret Wish (dark mauve)

Choosing your colors: I chose 3 colors in the pink and mauve family for a nice blending, but feel free to use any 3 colors you love! For the best effect, I recommend choosing 3 colors in different tones: light, medium, and dark. Speckled and variegated yarns work wonderfully with these textures and stitch patterns! Please note that the yarn used for this sample is a lighter single ply fingering weight. A standard fingering weight yarn will work for this shawl, but if you substitute yarns, the size of your shawl may vary.

Needles: 32” / 81 cm or longer US 4 / 3.5mm 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, 4 stitch markers for noting shawl increases

Gauge: 20 sts x 48 rows = 4” / 10 cm; measured in garter stitch (taken after blocking).

Many many thanks to Mara of Aya Fibers for providing the beautiful yarn and inspiration for this pattern! I would also like to thank my amazing tech editor, Meaghan Schmaltz notsorryknitter, and all of my awesome test knitters!!! I would not be able to do all of this without all of you. :) Be sure to check out their projects for some serious color inspiration!!