Printed Riven Pattern by Lesley Anne Robinson of Knit Graffiti Designs (Ravelry download code included)
Riven : an asymmetrical triangle-shaped shawl knit using two-color brioche faux cables that undulate down as the shawl grows.
Many thanks to Erinlittlesparksfor suggesting this beautiful name for the pattern!! Riven means to split apart or divide, like water cutting through the land, or cables dividing the fabric.
Grab 2 skeins of fingering / sock weight yarn for this delectable brioche faux cable shawl!! The yardage / meterage listed includes 10% overage to account for differences in gauge and tension. You may not use all of your yarn for this project. If you do swatch before you cast on the shawl, I recommend knitting a smaller swatch than normal, or using extra yarn you may have on hand. Please note that some of my test knitters ran out of yarn, so I highly recommend swatching before you cast on!
Skill Level: Intermediate. Brioche increases and decreases are used to create the faux cable look, with increases on the Main Side, and decreases on the Contrast Side.
Techniques Used: knit, purl, brioche knit, brioche purl, brioche increases and decreases (no br4st dec!!), sideways triangle shawl shaping, twisted german cast on, elastic bind off
This asymmetrical triangle shawl is knit on the bias, casting on very few stitches, then increasing stitches only on the right edge of the shawl until binding off. The fascinating brioche faux cables will begin immediately and grow in number as the shawl grows. The increases and decreases you work to create the faux cable look are a bit different than what you might be used to: the increases will be worked on the Main Side, while the decreases are worked on the Contrast Side! This helps the cable to look like the stitches are going behind each other. You will continue this repetitive pattern until binding off.
Asymmetrical triangle shawls are my favorite shawl shape! I love styling this one around my neck and shoulders kerchief-style, with the cables cascading downwards. It’s so easy to throw on over your favorite outfit!
This pattern has both written instructions and a charts for your convenience.
»One Size: 54” / 137 cm wingspan and 33” / 84 cm deep, measured after blocking.
»Gauge: 16 sts x 21 rows = 4” / 10 cm; measured in even two-color brioche stitch knit flat (taken after blocking).