The Very Hungry Scarfapilla

[[Until January 21: Use code Twitter for a free copy of the pattern on Ravelry]]

I’d like to introduce you all to my new pattern, and the first one for 2020, The Very Hungry Scarfapilla.

In the same spirit as my Nice Cup of Tea shawl, I’ve used brioche and reverse stockinette for this design. I do tend to get obsessed with a pattern combination for a while and this time I thought I better write it up while I was enjoying it. If I can keep my mojo going, I’m going to make it into hat and scarf patterns as well.

The Very Hungry Scarfapilla

As inspiration for the scarf, I had some of my own dyed yarn from years ago that I really wanted to use for something. I rarely knit in aran or chunky yarn weights but I thought this was the one pattern that needed it.

Brioche is a much fluffier stitch and provides a visible tactile variation with little extra effort, which is one of my favourite style of patterns. My perfect pattern is one where you can practically use the same stitches in each row, don’t need a pattern, have enough variation that it’s interesting to knit, and come up with something that is visibly different. Garter stitch and slip stitch ribbing patterns are great for this effect too.

The biggest difficulty with this pattern is learning the brioche stitch itself. In light of this, I’ve written up an infographic to try to make it as clear as possible. I’m adding it to this blog post too for anyone who needs it. This is only for brioche knit stitches, or BRKs as they are called. The stitch itself is essentially ‘with yarn in front, slip one, knit one’. That’s it. This combination produces a slip stitch with a little ‘hat’ on, and this double stitch is always treated as one stitch.

Do let me know what you think of the pattern if you get a chance to knit it. For my readers, I’d love to offer you a free copy — just use the code Twitter when purchasing and the fee will be removed.

The name of the pattern comes from my children. They said it reminded them of the Very Hungry Caterpillar and it sounded apt to me because you can choose to grow it as long as you like. There are options on repeating all the panels.

And a happy new year to everyone!

I’ll be catching you all up soon on the variations of the Advent Shawl 2019.

You can find all my patterns on my Ravelry page.

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