The “Mysteries, She Wrote” shawl was originally published as the sosu mystery KAL 2017. The pattern name is, of course, a reference to my all time favorite fictional mystery writer.
This graphic pattern features syncopated brioche triangles, garter stitch stripes and a contrasting short-row border in seed stitch. The result is an asymmetrical shawl that is truly one-of-a-kind.
Use colors with high contrast for a super graphic result, or less contrast to achieve a more subtle effect. Color A and B are the main colors of the shawl, Color A is the contrast color used for the border.
How colors interact in the different textures is mysterious and wondrous and it almost feels like painting with yarn.
You can see lots of shawls on Instagram at the hashtag #sosuMKAL2017.
The pattern is suitable for adventurous beginners and experienced knitters alike.
All special techniques in the pattern (two-color brioche, short-rows) are explained in detail, including with a video tutorial.
3 colors of fingering weight yarn
Merino Singles by La Bien Aimée (100% Merino, single ply, 366 m / 400 yards per 100 g) in the colorways Paisley Nouveau (Color A – natural speckled), Rust (Color B – dark orange) and Aimèe’s Lipstick (Color C – pink).
You will need almost the full skein of each color!
20 sts / 38 rows = 10 cm / 4” in garter stitch (relaxed after blocking)
Gauge ist not critical but it will influence the size of your finished shawl and your yardage! A tighter gauge will result in a smaller shawl using less yardage, a looser gauge will result in a larger shawl using more yardage and you will run the risk of running out of yarn.
US 6/4.0 mm circular needles (or size needed to obtain gauge or optimal drape)
Optional: Second set of circular needles or spare cable for interchangeables, DPNs
tapestry needle, 16 stitch markers, 1 removable stitch marker, waste yarn (optional)