Today I finally release the pattern for my latest design, the Valtava shawl. This one took awhile to get off the needles and published, but I suppose that’s what happens when you make an international move. When I started this shawl, it was just beginning to cool down in Toronto and the thought of a giant squishy brioche shawl seemed absolutely perfect. Now that I’ve moved to California, the weather is just a tad bit warmer, but the cool evenings still find me reaching for cozy shawls to snuggle up in, so my lovely Valtava is still much appreciated.
Valtava is actually the very first thing I’ve ever knit in brioche. I had been eyeballing all the beautiful brioche patterns on Ravelry for months, envious of the gorgeous interplay of color that is inherent in two-color brioche. Finally, I just couldn’t resist any longer. As with most things knitting related, I blame yarn. Too much pretty yarn. Too many possibilities. I couldn’t help myself. I knit my Valtava in Long Dog Yarn Bounce in the Birthday Cake and Crush colorways and love the contrast between these two totally girly colors. But my favorite thing about the shawl – it’s completely reversible. There is no wrong side when it comes to two-color brioche, so in the end, it’s almost as if you get two beautiful shawls in one.
I can imagine this shawl in so many beautiful color combinations. While I only used two colors, I think it would look amazing with a combination of three or even four colors used for the stripes. This shawl really is just a canvas to explore and play with all the possibilities. Just picture what you could produce if you let your imagination go wild and take bold chances – crazy color combinations, adjusting the depth of the stripes – there’s a lot of fun to be had with this pattern. And it’s also a great start if you are also new to brioche knitting, introducing you to the very basic brioche stitches to open up a whole new world of knitting.
You can grab the Valtava pattern now and save 15% until midnight (PDT), March 21. No coupon code necessary. Happy knitting!