Prairie Lace Shawl by Lesley Anne Robinson

Prairie Lace Shawl

April 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in even two-color brioche stitch (taken after blocking)
US 4 - 3.5 mm
856 - 1410 yards (783 - 1289 m)
Small (Large): 64 (95)” / 162.5 (241) cm wide and 30 (44)” / 76 (111.5) cm deep, measured after blocking.
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I have created this shawl pattern as a great beginner brioche pattern for those wanting to learn how to increase and decrease brioche stitches. If you would like a more enhanced version of the pattern, as well as videos teaching you the techniques found in this pattern, please sign up for Part Three of my online course, Mastering Brioche with Knit Graffiti.

Prairie Lace Shawl :: An asymmetrical triangle shawl knit on the bias, with textural stripes of Prairie Brioche Lace and Two-Color Brioche. This is a fantastic pattern to learn brioche increases and decreases.

If you sign up or are already signed up for the online course, do not buy this!! This pattern and the Prairie Lace Hat are both part of the course materials!

Join in on the Prairie Lace KAL over in my Ravelry group!

Skill level: Intermediate. Again, this is a fantastic pattern to knit if you’re wanting to learn 5 of the most commonly used brioche increases and decreases! Techniques used: knit, purl, brioche knit (brk), brioche purl (brp), brioche increases and decreases, asymmetrical triangle on the bias shawl shaping.

Construction Notes: This asymmetrical triangle shawl is knit on the bias from cast on tip to bind off edge. The shawl begins at the cast on tip immediately with Prairie Brioche Lace to get you started on learning brioche increases and decreases. The shawl shaping is done by increasing 4 sts on the right edge, while simultaneously decreasing 2 sts on the left edge. The triangle shape grows gradually while creating beautiful stripes at an angle. Textural stripes alternate between the brioche lace and even two-color brioche. I have designed this shawl to be knit in a multitude of ways! You can knit either the Small or Large size using only 2 colors throughout, letting the textural stripes shine. Or you can knit the Large size using 4 different colors like my sample, creating colorful stripes as well as the textural stripes.

Two Sizes Available: Small (Large): 64 (95)” / 162.5 (241) cm wide and 30 (44)” / 76 (111.5) cm deep, measured after blocking.


Yarn: 856 (1,410) yds / 782 (1,290) m fingering / sock weight

2 Skein Version (Small):
MC: 428 yds / 391 m
CC: 428 yds / 391 m

4 Skein Version (Large):
Color A: 315 yds / 288 m
Color B: 355 yds / 325 m
Color C: 390 yds / 357 m
Color D: 350 yds / 320 m

Shown in: The Farmers Daughter Fibers Foxy Lady (70% Merino wool, 30% Silk; 428 yds / 391 m per 100 g)

MC: 1 skein in Ranch Romance (mint green)
CC: 1 skein in I’ve Got Dreams to Remember (navy blue)

A: 1 skein in Horse Belly (light tan)
B: 1 skein in Prairie Smoke (pink)
C: 1 skein in Walking the Steel (purple speckle)
D: 1 skein in Eagle Eye (dark tan)

Yarn Notes: If you would like to knit the Large size using only 2 colors, be sure you have 2 skeins of each color, with 4 skeins total. Each skein will need to have at least 350 yds / 320 m total.

Needles: 32” / 81 cm US 4 / 3.5 mm circular needles
OR size needed to obtain gauge.

Tools: tapestry needle, row counter, cable needle or stitch marker for use with decreasing sts

Gauge: 17 sts x 26 rows = 4” / 10cm; measured in even two-color brioche stitch knit flat (taken after blocking).

Many many thanks to Candice English of The Farmers Daughter Fibers for her sponsorship and yarn support for this design, as well as for Part Three of my online course, Mastering Brioche with Knit Graffiti! I also want to thank my amazing Tech Editor, Meaghan Schmaltz, for her efforts and expertise!!