Wake – A Bulky Brioche Knit Shawl

Do you want to cuddle up in cozy goodness? Then check out Wake — a sumptuous bulky brioche shawl that can be knit in under 2 weeks! Need a last minute knitted gift that will impress? Or maybe you need a warm knit pronto to keep you from freezing your toes off? This fast and fun knitting pattern is the answer!

The Wave-y Journey to Wake, A Brioche Shawl

Wake was a gorgeous little surprise that came out of the blue! And it has a bit of an interesting story. 

(Not so interested in origins? No problem! Skip down to the photos!)

This gorgeous oversized shawl began its life, not as the lovely, chill blue you see today, but in green and gold. Yup. Think school/team colors. 

Why would I do such a thing considering I like no sports at all? 

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Well, the prompt which inspired the original idea was that of bounty and harvest. So my mind immediately went back to my childhood in the cornfield of Indiana, and combines. 

Combines leave these huge, deep furrows in the ground, which made me think of the ridges and valleys of brioche. 

Then Fairmount Fibers (the USA distributor of Manos del Uruguay) emailed me with interest in collaborating on the design using the new colors of Manos del Uruguay Cardo–a gorgeously squishy all Corriedale bulky weight yarn. They have so many fabulous colors that it was hard to choose, so I came up with a few color combinations and put them up for a vote on Instagram. These blues were the clear winners!

Note: The yarn for this pattern was provided for me at no charge by the yarn company. Yarn support allows designers, like me, to continue to provide you with gorgeous patterns while we grow!

Wake - A Bulky Brioche Shawl Knitting Pattern

I’m so glad they were because I absolutely adore how it turned out. 

But now my origin story didn’t fit. And it still needed a name. 

As I knit it, the light blue against the dark reminded me of water churned up behind a boat against the deep blue of a lake or sea. It was rather mesmerizing, and so Wake was born. 

Wake - A Bulky Brioche Shawl Knitting Pattern

The Wake shawl, named after cresting waves and speed boats, is knit from tip to tip with i-cord edges making it fully reversible. Using only one brioche increase and one brioche decrease, this shawl is the epitome of simplicity and calm.

Knit it up quick in one of 3 sizes to perfectly fit your frame!

The Shawl Knitting Pattern Details

Wingspan: 58 (65, 75)”/147 (165, 190) cm
Depth: 25”/64 cm

2 colors of bulky weight yarn:
A – 280 (315, 380) yds/255 (290, 350) m
B – 310 (345, 400) yds/285 (315, 365) m

Suggested Yarn:
Manos Del Uraguay Cardo (100% Corriedale Wool) 109 yds/100 m, 100 g — 3 (3, 4) skeins each of Chambray (A) & Galaxy Blue (B)

Needles & Notions
US 10.5/6.5 mm – 24”/60 cm circulars to accommodate the sts (or needles needed to obtain gauge!)
Tapestry needle

Concentration Level
Low – If you’ve knit brioche before, you’ll hit a rhythm of knitting and slipping that will allow you to watch your kids or TV without difficulty.
(If you’ve never knit brioche before, you’ll need a medium to high amount of concentration while you get the hang of it. This is the perfect pattern to learn with and I’m sure you’ll hit your stride before you get to the body!)

Techniques to Indulge In
Brioche knitting and purling
A single type of brioche increase and decrease
I-cord edging (with an option for different edging)

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Who would you knit Wake for? Are you in need of a quick knitted gift for a friend or family member this Christmas? Or will this luxurious bulky brioche shawl be all for you!

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