Melodeon shawl by Leela Frankcombe

Melodeon shawl

October 2019
DK (11 wpi) ?
12 stitches and 14 rows = 4 inches
in brioche rib
US 8 - 5.0 mm
547 - 656 yards (500 - 600 m)
one size (adjustable)
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Worked in two colours, this half-circle shaped shawl consists of a stockinette body with a border of simple brioche stitches, making it ideal for new-comers to brioche. Choose bold colours where the simplicity of the pattern allows the yarn to really shine, or more muted colours for an understated but very wearable shawl that will go with everything.

The syncopated brioche stitches give a beautiful texture that remind me of the key springs of the harmonium that my mother plays. The harmonium belongs to the same family of instruments as the melodeon, leading to the name of this shawl.

The pattern has both written instructions and charts. Detailed descriptions and a photo tutorial of the more unusual stitches are also included. The sample shawl was knitted in DK weight yarn, but other weights of yarn can also be substituted, adjusting the yarn amounts and needle size as required. Instructions are included for changing the number of body and border repeats so that the size of the shawl can be adjusted.

• DK weight yarn in two colours, MC and CC, approximately 350m (385yds) of the MC and 200m (220yds) of the CC.
• 5mm/US 8 circular needles with a 80cm/32” or longer cable.
• 4 stitch markers
• Tapestry needle to weave in ends.

Size of finished shawl:
Length 168cm/66.25”, width 52cm/20.5”.

Obtaining gauge is not essential, as long as you are happy with the fabric you are getting. However, different gauge will affect the size of the finished object and the amount of yarn used.

The sample shawl had a blocked gauge of 12 stitches and 24 rows in stockinette and 12 stitches and 14 rows in brioche rib, in a 10cm x 10cm (4” x 4”) square.

In case of need, this and all my patterns are available through the Fiber Community Fund.

Stitch abbreviations and chart symbols are based on those developed by Nancy Marchant.

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