Using one and two colour brioche, this pattern blends four different colours of fingering weight yarn into a slightly wider than semicircle shaped shawl. Use four co-ordinating colours to get a gradient effect, or go with contrasting colours for a blockier look.
The pattern is named after one of my favourite Australian plants, the Acacia, commonly known as wattle. I chose the name partly because I like the word Acacia and partly because the texture of the shawl reminds me of the bark of some types of acacia trees. Fittingly, the origin of the word “wattle” may be an Old Teutonic word meaning “to weave”, which also reminds me of the texture of the shawl.
• Fingering weight yarn in four colours, approximately 400m (437yds) of each.
• 3.25mm/US 3 circular needle with an 80cm/32” or longer cable.
• Tapestry needle to weave in ends.
Size of finished shawl:
Length 198cm/78″, width 79cm/31″, relaxed after blocking.
Obtaining gauge is not essential, as long as you are happy with the fabric you are getting. Different gauge will affect the size of the finished object and the amount of yarn used.
The sample shawl had a gauge of 20 stitches and 22 rows of two colour brioche rib in a 10cm x 10cm (4” x 4”) square, after blocking.
The pattern has both written instructions and charts. Detailed descriptions of the more unusual stitches are also included. An additional file with instructions for a swatch is also included, for those wishing to test out their colours.
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.