Thistle by Andree Beddoe


March 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Fingering: Brioche Rib, worked with recommended needle size, unblocked
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
850 - 900 yards (777 - 823 m)
Adjustable to any size. Shown in 3 x 9.5 repeats.
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Do you love brioche?
Do you love lace, as in open work lace?
How about optional beads???

THISTLE is a brioche lace rectangular scarf. Similar to traditional lace, this design introduces brioche open work, which includes yarn overs (YOs) along with increases and decreases. In this design, I am introducing a new technique which is optimized for making the floats (horizontal space between yarn overs) as compact as possible - For more interest, you can add beads at the base of the thistle flower!!

Pattern includes a separate file for a swatch to practice brioche open work. Video Tutorial is available here.

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Many thanks to Nancy Marchant, who inspired me to tackle brioche open work lace!


Thistle is best knit with either fingering or mohair lace yarns. Instructions are provided so you can knit it in any size. The size shown is a rectangular scarf, which is 3 repeats widthwise and 9.5 repeats lengthwise - 1 full skein, each color, of standard fingering weight yarn.

Yarn: 3 x 9.5 repeats (shown) - 11”/28cm x 74”/188cm
A, 425yds/388m
B, 425yds/388m
1 skein of each color
Needle: 3mm (US 2.5) 32”/80cm circular needle
Beads (optional): 3 beads per repeat, size 2/0 or 3/0 seed beads

Yarn: 3 x 8 repeats - 14”/36cm x 98”/249cm
A, 412yds/377m
B, 412yds/377m
2 balls of each color
Needle: 4mm (US 6) 32”/80cm circular needle
Beads (optional): 3 beads per repeat, size 6/0 seed beads

Brioche Open Lace Video Tutorial here.