Free Knitting Pattern – Silver Lining
In April I got my hands on some gorgeous thick and thin yarn by Drops. It’s the Drops loves you #3 made of 50% wool 50% alpaca and it’s one of the best yarns I have touched this year. It’s soft and warm and comes in a lovely palette of colors. The thing with thick and thin yarn is it’s not suitable for every pattern. I tried some lace and it looked like crap, I tried some cabling and linen stitch, not the best results either. Then I decided to give the brioche stitch a try. As with linen stitch the stitches are slipped and blend every row/round into the next or previous row/round. This works great with color transitions because the borders get blended and don’t create a strict line, but this is also perfect for thick and thin yarns where pooling of either thick or thin areas is not always wanted.
I played around with several amounts of stitches to avoid the pooling thing (which results in arrow-like thick and thin areas) and finally got a number of stitches for my gauge to receive a quite homogenous fabric. If you want to make your own brioche stitch cloud take a look at my half brioche stitch tutorial. This method works very well with handspun thick and thin yarn/art yarn, too, and it should look great with colorful yarns (I have not tried yet). If you discover pooling of thick/thin areas, frogg and add or subtract 10sts to your overall amount of sts.
Silver Lining brioche stitch scarf pattern
Gauge (stockinette): 10cm/4inch = 20sts
Gauge (half brioche stitch): 10x10cm/4x4inch= 15stsx40rows
needle size: 5mm/US8
This pattern works very well with thick-and-thin yarn.
Drops Loves You 3(Garnstudio) 50% alpaca, 50% wool; 150m/164yds per 50g/1.76oz skein
• colors: sky blue (100g/3.6oz), off-white (10g/0.35oz), beige (50g/1.76oz)
• circular knitting needles size 5mm US8
CO cast on
** repeat instructions following the asterisks as directed
k1 knit one stitch
p1 purl one stitch
You don’t know how to do the half brioche stitch? No problem! Take a look at my half brioche stitch tutorial.
1. With sky blue CO 160sts loosely and join in the round.
2. Purl one round.
3. Half brioche stitch pattern round: *knit 1st in the row below, p1* repeat to the end of the round
4. Purl every other round.
5. Repeat 3-4.
6. After 60 rounds, change to off-white. Work 4 rounds in pattern. Change to beige, work 26
rounds in pattern.
7. Bind off very loosely.