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I love spending time lounging around the beautiful swimming holes in the Texas Hill Country, like Barton Springs and Jacobs Well and countless others. I could stare up at that blue sky peaking through those live oak trees all day long. Luckily for those of us living here, it’s warm enough for us to do just that most of the year! It was during one of these pensive afternoons I came up with the idea for this shawl. Liza and I were teaching a brioche class that summer where we taught students how to combine brioche knitting with familiar and comforting stitches like garter and stockinette. I wanted something that featured a soft meandering brioche pattern reminiscent of the way the Colorado River winds its way through the Hill Country. And, so, the River and Stones Shawl was born. ‘River’ for the owing branchlike brioche pattern making up the body of the shawl and ‘Stones’ like the dapples of colors from the bicolor stockinette and garter stitches. I hope you enjoy knitting this beauty as much as I have!


Skill Level: Intermediate 

Yarn: 652 yds / 596 m (992 yds / 907 m) fingering or sock weight yarn

Main Color: 323 yds / 296 m (492 yds / 450 m)

Contrast Color: 329 yds / 301 (500 yds / 457 m) including tassels

Shown In:

Main Color - 2 skeins Teeny Button Studio Soft Sock in ‘Enchanted Rock’ (75% Fine Superwash Merino Wool/25% Nylon; 463 yds / 423 m per 100g).

Contrast Color - 2 skeins Teeny Button Studio Soft Sock in ‘Barton Springs’ (75% Fine Superwash Merino Wool/25% Nylon; 463 yds / 423 m per 100g).

Needles: US 3 / 3.25 mm circular needles or size for obtaining correct gauge, with 32” (or longer) cord.

Tools: Stitch markers for noting repeats, tapestry needle, handi-tool for fixing mistakes (optional).

Gauge: 16 sts x 30 rows = 4” / 10cm; measured in brioche pattern after blocking.

Two sizes: mini is 60” / 152cm wingspan x 16” / 41 cm depth and full size shawl is 96” / 244cm wingspan x 30” / 76 cm depth (measured after blocking). See schematic for shaping information and dimensions. Pattern is written for mini shawl with full size shawl in parenthesis.

River and Stones Shawl

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