Purlbreak by Stephen West


September 2017
both are used in this pattern
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
23 stitches = 4 inches
in Garter Stitch before blocking
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1180 yards (1079 m)
One Size. Top down construction makes this pattern easy to customize.
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If you purchase Purlbreak, you will also receive the original Daybreak pattern in stockinette stitch, but only in English. If you require Daybreak in another language, please buy the Daybreak pattern here instead. Purlbreak is currently only available in English.

Purlbreak is a garter stitch version of the popular Daybreak shawl pattern released in 2009. Purlbreak was modified to have a stretchier wingspan edge while maintaining the classic Daybreak shape and geometric details. The entire fabric is knit top-down in garter stitch with slip stitch details. Choose a main color and three contrast colors that fade from light to dark to knit this graphic semi-circular shawl.

One Size

Finished Measurements
88” / 224cm wingspan, 25” / 64cm from CO to BO edge. Measurements taken after blocking.

Fingering weight

Color A - 430yds / 393m
Color B - approximately 750yds / 686m total

The sample uses 3 colors for color B which requires approximately 250yds / 229m for each contrast color.

Shown in

Blue Sample
West Wool Bicycle (100% South American Merino Wool; 191yds / 175m per 50g skein)
Color A - Prince

Garn Stories Merino 4 Ply (100% Merino Wool; 437yds / 400m per 100g skein)
Color B - Aquarium (light color), Bossanova (medium color), Hitchhiker (darkest contrast color)

Gray Gold Sample
Color A - Garn Stories Merino in Blizzard (dark gray)
Color B - Garn Stories Merino in Pfefferminzprinz (light color), Club Tropicana (medium color), Balzac (darkest contrast color)

US 5 / 3.75mm circular in 40” / 100cm length or size needed to obtain gauge

8 stitch markers, tapestry needle

23 sts = 4” / 10cm in garter stitch before blocking. (Gauge is not crucial, but it will affect the finished size.)

This errata note applies to the original PDF which was corrected August 18, 2018.

Section 2 - Stripes, after Row 6; the sentence should read: Repeat last 4 rows 22 more times, then repeat Rows 3 & 4 once more. There should be 48 total contrast color stripes. 555 sts.

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