Brioche + Mystery

This design was originally published in May 2021 as a mystery knit-a-long.
Check out the tag #SosuMKAL2021 on Instagram to see the stunning shawls that knitters have created during the MKAL!

A celebration of brioche stitch and all the possibilities of the technique.
 An exploration of the intricacies of knitting. 
A mystery that you can solve on your needles!

The Brioche + Mystery shawl is a large triangular shawl featuring a variety of brioche and garter stitch textures and design elements that lead from bold syncopated ribbing, textural pearl brioche, graphic triangles, relaxing garter stitch stripes with cute bobbles over textural “+” signs to a chevron border using four colors of fingering weight yarn. An i-cord edge adds a last pop of color and a neat and finished look to this stunning shawl.

The pattern comes with extensive video tutorials for all techniques used in the pattern, which were part of the MKAL support. The videos are not available publicly, but a link is included in the pattern.


Digital knitting pattern (PDF) in English and German

Price: € 6.00

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More details can be found in the General Info document you receive after purchasing the pattern!


4 colors of fingering weight yarn  (ca. 366-400 m per 100 g): Two main colors (A and B), a background color (C) and a contrasting color (D).

I recommend using (semi-)solid colors or just lightly speckled or variegated colorways. Too much variation in the colors will draw away from the design of this pattern.  


1333 m / 1456 yds / 4 skeins in total

  • Color A: 363 m / 397 yds / 1 skein

  • Color B: 351 m / 383 yds / 1 skein

  • Color C: 353 m / 385 yds / 1 skein

  • Color D: 266 m / 291 yds / 1 skein
Shown in:

Sample 1 = pink/yellow, Sample 2 = gray/peach/green, Sample 3 = gray/purple/ pink/teal

  • Sample 1: Steppke by Frida Fuchs (100% Merino; 366 m / 400 yds per 100 g) in the colorways Kurkuma (A – yellow), Rosmarinheide (B – llight pink), Mukhwas (C – speckled beige), and Pitaya (D – pink).
  • Sample 2: Merino Singles by La Bien Aimee (100% Merino; 366 m / 400 yds per 100 g) in the colorways Jinju (A – greige), Dawn (B – peach), Loam (C – gray-brown), and Ursa (D – green).
  • Sample 3: (Organic) Rustic Fingering by Neighborhood Fiber Co. (100% Merino; 434 m / 475 yds per 114 g) in the colorways Patterson Park (A – greige), Park Heights (B –gray-purple) Cross Street Market (C – light pink), and Reservoir Hill (D – teal).

21 sts / 42 rows = 10 cm / 4″ in garter stitch
21 sts / 21 rows = 10 cm / 4″ in brioche stitch

Measured after blocking. Gauge has an influence on the size of your finished shawl and your yardage! 


Wingspan/Length: 220 cm / 86 ½“, Height: 96 cm / 37 ½“


US 4 / 3.5 mm circular needles (or size needed to obtain gauge and optimal drape);

plus larger needle-size (e.g. US 7/4.5 mm) for bind-off;

While one set of circular needles with a long cable (at least 100 cm / 40″) is sufficient, a second set with a shorter cable (60-80 cm / 24-32″) or DPNs in the same needle size is recommended!


tapestry needle, 2 stitch markers


My last finished knitted object in Dubai!! I’ve finished my second #sosumkal2021 Knitting with black yarn is not my favourite especially as I do most of my knitting in the evening once the kids are in bed. Thanks to the talented & ever so stylish seaofstring for suggesting the genius idea to knit this in black and white. The white is actually undyed from my lovely yarn supplier botanicalyarn and the black is from its.a.stitch.up (black hand dyed yarn is a real treat to find so if you need some now you know where to go!)
I'm so in love 💗 with my #sosumkal2021 testknit wrap. Not wearable at the moment due to the very high temperatures, but nice to look at 😁
#briocheandmystery #briochaddict #neverenoughshawls #nevernotknitting #knitallthethings #testknitsarethebestknits #testknittersofinstagram #strickenistwiezaubernkönnen #sosuknits #qingfibre #lifeinthelonggrass #hedgehogfibres #birdstreetuk
Finished object, complete with improvised tassels!!! 🧡
Thank you sosuknits for an awesome MKAL. 
Now to pack it away until the weather cools down - fortunately this is Scotland so I won’t have long to wait. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 😎

A - Shoreline #fyberspates 
B - Midnight Train #tedknitsukyarn
C - Denim #fyberspatesvivacious
D - Umber 🧶 #tedknitsuk 
#briocheknitting #sosuknits #mkal #briocheknitting #sosumkal2021 #sosumkal2021revealed #briocheknittingaddict #yarnaddict #knittingismytherapy #finishedobjectkitchenselfie
Here it is in all its glory! It’s massive and I love it. Though not much call for it on a day like today, but it will be fun to wear in the winter. It was quite a challenging knit, not technically but the rows got really long towards the end. I’m pleased with my colours and I like that the pink is the most dominant. #knitting #briocheandmystery #sosumkal2021
I’ve finished the first of my two #sosumkal2021 knits! This one is for Sophie of botanicalyarn using all her yarns. You may be able to see this sample at some in person yarn events later this year in the UK. sosuknits
Clue 3, getting near the end!

Pattern: Brioche + Mystery by Susanne Sommer
Yarn: Light Sock by Midknit Cravings

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After a more challenging part of brioche, demanding concentration and my full attention, I started clue 3 of sosuknits MKAL BRIOCHE + MYSTERY last night.
The shawl is looking more and more beautiful, as it unfolds on my needles.
Here is a peek of my progress. 
A big thank you to Susanne for hosting this excellently prepared KAL. I highly recommend her tutorials. They are so well-made and informative.

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What a stunning pattern with gorgeous details 😍


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