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A big, enveloping shawl featuring a brioche stitch that can look like spiraling squares or like diamonds depending on the viewer’s eye.
The stitch has something hypnotic, with its illusory concentric movement that feels very appealing to me.
On the WS, the stitch reveals its trick and the diamond shapes are much more obvious, due to the use of the light color.
But the shawl is beautiful on both sides and even the striped garter wedges that divide the brioche stripes are perfectly reversible.
The shawl is constructed by short wedges worked in garter stitch with slipped columns on both sides of the fabric followed by brioche stripes with the illusion pattern.
Each wedge increase the shawl by two Illusion pattern and is shaped by short rows, that become longer short rows on each wedge. This makes the shawl shorter on the top side than on the bottom one.
Each Brioche Stripe is longer than the preceding one by 2 repeats.
The shape of the shawl is quite unusual, relatively short and curved on the top and long on the other side, with a very deep point.
To be worn comfortably, the shawl should be folded on the curved side, to show both the dark and the light side together, taking advantage of the reversibility of both the stitches used.

Finished size: top side 110 cm (43.25”); bottom side 190 (74.75”); depth 95 cm(37.5").


MC: Malabrigo Finito (100% Super Fine Merino Wool, 200 yds [183 m]/50 g) col. Mostaza; 3 skeins.
DC: Malabrigo Finito (100% Super Fine Merino Wool, 200 yds [183 m]/50 g) col. Glitter; 2 skeins.
LC: Squirrel’s yarn Merisier (50% Merino Superwash, 50% Silk, 437 yds [400 m]/100 g), col. Tortrix viridana; 1 skein


3.5 mm /US 4 * circular knitting needles.
*or size needed to obtain gauge


14 markers.
Tapestry needle to weave in ends.


22 stitches and 44 rows = 10x10 cm (4”) in garter stitch with slipped columns.
*Gauge is not critical for this project.
You will get the following files:
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  • PDF (10MB)

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