Summer is almost here and for some reason that gets me even MORE excited about shawls :: knitting shawls, and, of course, wearing shawls! Being from Michigan, for most of the year, my hand-knits are covered up by big, bulky coats. Come spring and summer, showing off hand knit shawls in bright colors is the best! So, may I introduce to you, Zing Zip!! This is such a wonderful shawl for the spring and summer transition months. Yes, it uses the brioche stitch, but in combination with the Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles, it is a breezy, lightweight shawl, perfect for warmer weather!
Now for some fun details: Zing Zip is a long, shallow triangle shawl with two-color garter and brioche steps and a garter accent border, all finished with a simple eyelet bind off. This was an exciting collaboration with Do Ewe Knit?, and was created as an exclusive design for them for the 2016 NJ Wool Walk! It was a lot of fun and such a great opportunity to work with Karen from Do Ewe Knit? and pick out colors together. Her yarn shop has QUITE the selection of Hedgehog Fibres yarn, so it was a bit difficult choosing only three colors! In the end, we decided on a special Potluck color way for the Main Color, Ink for the Contrast Color, and Highlighter for the Accent Color band. Perfect!! I highly recommend using this gorgeous yarn for the pattern, Beata has so many addictive and breath-taking color ways for all palettes. If you haven’t already seen it, you MUST check out her Instagram gallery, full of color, inspiration, and most importantly, YARN!
With a generous size and less than 775 yards / 709 meters of yarn used TOTAL, this fun and surprisingly quick knit is sure to entice even the brioche-wary! It is knit from one corner to the other using simple brioche increases and decreases. Interest and texture are added to the fabric with two-color garter steps, which are staggered as the shawl takes shape. The accent border is added by picking up stitches along the shawl edge, then finished off with short row shaping and an eyelet bind off. See the pattern page on Ravelry for all of the details and more photos!
Also, be sure to check out all of my brilliant test knitters’ shawls, as they used all kinds of cool and intriguing color combinations! Go grab yourself a copy of the pattern on Ravelry HERE before Wednesday, May 18th at midnight Eastern time, and receive a 20% discount using coupon code ZINGZIP !
Happy briocheing, friends!