Swerving Shawl by Stephen West

Swerving Shawl

June 2018
both are used in this pattern
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in two-color brioche
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1325 - 1350 yards (1212 - 1234 m)
One Size
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This top-down shawl is knit in two-color brioche stitch. The asymmetrical shape grows with increases at the edges and center. The columns swerve and shift direction towards the end of the shawl leading to a folded picot hem. Blend your colors together using four colors for the main foreground color and four other colors for the contrasting background.

Finished Measurements: 84” / 213cm wingspan length, 28” / 71cm along center spine. Measurements taken after blocking.

Yarn: Sport or Fingering weight
The fluffy suri alpaca on the background is a bit thicker than fingering weight, but you can mix the weights. The suri alpaca forms a super frothy soft background to the smooth merino wool foreground columns.

Yardage: MC - 750yds / 686m
CC - 575yds / 526m
Yardage may vary depending on gauge so I recommend having a bit of extra yarn just in case.

Shown in: MC - Qing Fibre Merino Fingering (100% Merino Wool; 437yds / 400m per 100g skein)

CC - Qing Fibre Melted Baby Suri (65% Baby Suri Alpaca, 20% Merino, 15% Silk; 191yds / 175m per 50g skein)

Green Version
You can change colors whenever you like. For a more gradual color transition, don’t change the MC & CC at the exact same time. You can stagger your color changes. For example, if you change your CC, wait 5-10 rows until your change your MC for a nice overlapping color effect. These are the approximate color change locations for the green sample…

MC 1 - Lost Wind (SECTIONS 1-4)
MC 2 - Moss (SECTION 5)
MC 3 - Siren (SECTION 6)
MC 4 - Elderwood (BORDER)

CC 1 - Sponge (SECTIONS 1-3)
CC 2 - Hurricane (SECTION 4)
CC 3 - Lost Wind (SECTION 5)
CC 4 - Cha Cha (SECTION 6)

Peachy Version
This sample only uses 2 light creamy speckled colors for the MC foreground and a third dark neutral for the BORDER. The background features 3 colors of Qing Fibre Baby Suri Alpaca with extra contrast color stripes. The extra stripes vary from 2-row to 6-row stripes. You can add these striped accents whenever you like for the CC background.

MC 1 - Oyster (SECTIONS 1-5)
MC 2 - Kaleidoscope (SECTION 6)
MC 3 - Storm (BORDER)

CC 1 - Oyster (SECTION 1-4)
CC 2 - Meadow (SECTION 5)
CC 3 - Narwhal (SECTION 6)
CC stripes - various color pops of Qing Fibre Merino Singles & La Bien Aimée Merino Singles

Needles: 40” US 5 / 3.75mm circular

Notions: 22 stitch markers, tapestry needle

Gauge: 18 sts & 22 rows = 4” / 10cm in two-color brioche stitch