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Stratum shawl

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Using two colours of fingering weight yarn worked in a repeating pattern of syncopated brioche stitches, this asymmetrical triangular shawl allows both main and contrast yarn to share the spotlight.

The alternating bands of colour in this shawl reminded me of rock layers, so I chose the name ‘stratum’, which means ‘a layer or a series of layers of rock in the ground’.

The pattern has both written instructions and charts. Detailed descriptions and a photo tutorial of the more unusual stitches are also included.

Although the pattern is written for fingering weight, other yarn weights could be substituted. The number of pattern repeats can be adjusted, allowing the shawl to be made as small or large as desired.

• Fingering weight yarn in two colours, MC and CC, approximately 400m (437yds) of each.
• 4mm/US 6 circular needles with a 80cm/32” or longer cable.
• Tapestry needle to weave in ends.
• Stitch markers (optional).

Size of finished shawl:
Length 142cm/55.9”, width 100cm/39.3”, relaxed after blocking.

Obtaining gauge is not essential, as long as you are happy with the fabric you are getting. However, different gauge will affect the size of the finished object and the amount of yarn used.

The gauge of the sample shawl was measured in terms of pattern repeats. One repeat (26 stitches and 26 rows) measured 11cm x 20cm (4.3” x 7.9”), after blocking.

In case of need, this and all my patterns are available through the Fiber Community Fund.

Stitch abbreviations and chart symbols are based on those developed by Nancy Marchant.

For pattern support, please post in the help thread in my Ravelry group or send me an email at leelamary.knits(at)

If you wish to add the pattern to your Ravelry library, send me an email with your Ravelry username.
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