Gradient Floating Ribs Pattern
Gradient Floating Ribs Pattern
Gradient Floating Ribs Pattern
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Gradient Floating Ribs Pattern

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This pattern is a triple love letter – first, to the amazing way brioche ribs interlace and float above one another, second, to precious yarn, and third, to my very sweet but horrendously destructive cat - I designed this shawl to use up every possible yard of handspun salvaged from a formerly favorite shawl in which my cat chewed several holes.

Now adapted to showcase a gradient yarn, this shawl is a stunner. It features a faux i-cord edging, a central column of increases, and uses a gradient plus a semi-solid yarn to create an out-of-this-world striped effect. The elongated heart-shape of the shawl keeps it on your shoulders, and it’s a great transitional layer for fall and spring.

About this Pattern

Skill Level: Intermediate, with some experience knitting brioche.

Skills Needed: Basic knitting skills, plus brioche knits and purls (brk and brp, brioche knit–yarn over–brioche knit (brkyobrk), Brioche knit four stitch increase (br4st), Judy’s Magic Cast-on, i-cord, and grafting.

Finished Size: 86 inches / 218 cm tip to tip, and 22 inches / 56 cm deep at the center point.

Yarn: MC – Infinite Twist Helix, 100% Merino wool, 600 y / 200 g. CC - Infinite Twist Helix Giant Gradient, 710 y / 240 g. You will use approx. 550 y of the gradient as shown, or you can make a larger shawl.

Needles: U.S. size 4 / 3.5 mm circular needle, at least 80 cm long, or any size yielding correct gauge, plus one set of DPNs in same size as circular needle.

Gauge: 19 ribs (10 CC, 9 MC) & 28 CC rows over 4 inches / 10 cm in brioche stitch pattern after blocking.

Notions: At least one locking stitch marker, yarn needle.