Fading from grass to sky :: an asymmetrical triangle shawl inspired by the beautiful Texas landscape, knit using a combination of one-color and two-color brioche.
I can’t remember the exact moment this shawl idea came to my mind, it happened so gradually. We found out that we would be moving to South Texas about a year ago, when my husband landed a job as a professor at a university outside of Corpus Christi. It seemed sort of a dream: living by the beach, finally settling down, buying our first home, and just knowing where we were going to be after a long time of moving around from place to place. As we were driving down to our new home, I was blown away by the beauty of rural Texas! The never-ending plains of waving grass, small trees sprinkled in, but most importantly, the wide, open, gorgeous, sky. The sky!!! If you’ve ever been to Texas, it is really hard not to notice that big sky. Growing up in Michigan, you just didn’t see much of the sky, because there are such large trees everywhere! Especially lining the roads and highways. But not so in Texas. You can see a thunderstorm rolling in from miles away.
After we moved down here, I started doing some research to see what kind of yarn shops and fiber festivals I could find. DFW Fiber Fest was one of the big ones, so I submitted a few brioche class ideas, and excitedly was accepted! That’s when I came up with the idea of a Texas-themed shawl to release around the festival, celebrating this gigantic state we now live in. With some help from my Texas-born husband, the Y’all Shawl was invented! The actual design of the shawl itself changed from month to month, but the name stayed the same.
I wanted to create a pattern that I could provide to my brioche students, utilizing both one-color and two-color brioche, as well as the increases and decreases that I adore so much. The pattern represents waving grass, fading up to the windy blue sky, then ending with fluffy white clouds as the border. The yarn I chose was also very important. I wanted to use a yarn that was manufactured in Texas, and what better company than Madelinetosh! Based in Fort Worth, Texas, and with so many amazing color ways to choose from, their Tosh Merino Light base seemed like the perfect choice.
And then there are the photos. I knew I wanted to find a location that represented the idea I was portraying in my design :: open grassy plains with a wide open sky! So we packed up our kids, the camera, and my cowboy hat and boots (which I got here in Texas, of course), and headed to a little park near our house. It turned out to be a perfectly overcast day, and my husband captured the shawl beautifully, right in the middle of a frisbee golf course!!!
I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I did. It is so fun to knit, easy to memorize, and will fly off your needles! Receive a 20% discount all weekend long! Use coupon code YALL on Ravelry, and no code required for my website. Offer will last until Sunday, April 9, 2017.
Thank you for reading, and happy briocheing!