A shawl should be like a sidekick, it should keep you warm, safe and happy. It can fit seamlessly into your comfort color wardrobe or be the unexpected star of your outfit.

The Sidekick shawl is knit sideways in alternating sections of two-color brioche and contrasting short-rows in garter stitch. In each brioche section, the front- and background colors are switched, so they share the spotlight. The final short-row panel is worked in simple garter lace, giving the large shawl a little lightness. 

This asymmetrical triangular shawl is fully reversible and a trusty sidekick to your favorite casual outfit – like my new favorite pair of jeans and the gray oversized wool coat. 
An applied i-cord border surrounds the shawl. It is worked in two colors, one color each on two edges, and as a striped i-cord along the lace section.

The sample was knit for and with Bunte Kumpels by Quiltzauberei, a small German indie dyer, in three colors (turquoise, white and blue). Because of the voluminous ply, this fingering weight yarn feels plenty fluffy despite the generous yardage of 400 m / 437 yards.

If you don’t have quite this much yardage to play with, you can use more colors or alternatively knit the smaller version.


Digital knitting pattern (PDF) in English and German

Price: € 6.00

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3 colors of Fingering Weight Yarn 

Shown in:

Bunte Kumpels by Quiltzauberei (100% Merino, 400 m / 437 yd per 100 g) in semisolid turquoise (Color A), off-white (Color B) and variegated blue (Color C) 

  • Color A: 382 m / 418 yards
  • Color B: 389 m / 425 yards
  • Color C: 387 m / 423 yards
  • In Total: 1158 m / 1266 yards

16 sts / 48 rows = 10 cm / 4” in garter stitch (relaxed after blocking) 
16 sts / 24 rows = 10 cm / 4“ in brioche stitch (relaxed after blocking)

Gauge is not critical but it will influence the size of your finished shawl and your yardage!


230 (192) cm / 91 (76)“ wingspan, 82 (70) cm / 32 (28)“ max. height


US 4/3.5 mm circular needles (or size needed to obtain gauge), larger needle (US 6/ 4 mm) for BO


tapestry needle

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