Brioche+Mystery Shawl

PatternBrioche+Mystery by Susanne Sommer
Dates22nd May – 18th June
MaterialsStranded Dyeworks Merino Nylon
Favourite Icecream – 77g
La Bien Aimée Merino Singles
Winterfell – 84g
Lain’amourée Cassiopée
Un Lapin dans Camden Passage – 79g
Uschitita Merino Singles
Ceilidh – 58g

3.25mm needles
SizeOne size
RatingPattern: 5/5
Finished item: 5/5

This was quite an impulse mystery knit-along I joined in with, but I just fancied a brioche project and this was a nice big one that would use 4 skeins of stash, and I came to discover Susanne Sommer’s brilliant geometric brioche designs, so despite it being a mystery I was confident I’d like it.

I absolutely love how the colours came together with this one, they worked really harmoniously.

The pattern was very detailed but easy to follow, I still managed to go wrong quite significantly with the central brioche increases in one section though, which resulted in the most hair-raising session I’ve had of dropping back and fixing stitches. It worked out though, and you can’t tell in the finished item there was ever an issue there.

The technique for the bobbles in this pattern is the best one I’ve seen for getting them to stand out and not disappear into the fabric, and it’s so simple! There were new techniques for the brioche styles too which I hadn’t come across before.

The icord edging that goes all the way around the shawl was looooong but so effective, I really love this finishing style.

It is a big shawl, I end up having to fold it almost in half before wrapping it otherwise it just hangs too long or there is too much bulk around my neck, but I do love it.

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