Brioche and cables: briochables? briocables?
The cabled border runs along one side of this shawl, extending out into a tuck stitch body. The way the intricate cable anchors the pattern brought to mind a cantilever, which is a rigid structural element that extends horizontally and is supported at only one end. I find cantilevers particularly fascinating when they are used in bridges.
The pattern includes both written instructions and charts. Detailed descriptions and a photo tutorial of the more unusual stitches are also included.
• Fingering weight yarn in two colours, MC and CC, approximately 400m (437yds) of the MC and 360 (394yds) of the CC.
• 4mm/US 6 circular needle with an 80cm/32” or longer cable.
• Tapestry needle to weave in ends.
• Two cable needles or locking stitch markers to hold one or two stitches.
Size of finished shawl:
Length 108cm/43″, width 122cm/48″, 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 16 stitches and 22 rows in the tuck stitch pattern in a 10cm x 10cm (4” x 4”) square, after blocking. Note that when counting rows in the tuck stitch pattern, count only the MC stitches.
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.
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.