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Rocky Mountain Sunburn

Rocky Mountain Sunburn

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I went to a small school high up in the Colorado Rockies. The sun shines over 300 days a year, and I was always amazed at how we could experience a blizzard one day and a sunburn the next day. Rocky Mountain Sunburn’s two-color brioche cables remind me of the strong rays of sun that we saw daily in the mountains. It uses simple garter stitch, two-color brioche stitch, and strategic increases to create a half-pi shawl that is perfect for the crisp mountain air!

Techniques Used:
Garter tab, garter stitch, single increases, two color brioche, brioche single increases/decreases, elastic bind-off

One Size

56” (142.2 cm) wingspan and 28” (71.1 cm) depth, measured after moderate blocking

18.5 St / 29 Rows = 4” (10 cm) in Garter Stitch using US6 (4.0 mm) needles

10 St / 26 Rows = 4” (10 cm) in Brioche Ribbing using US4 (3.5 mm needles)

Gauge taken after blocking. Exact gauge is not critical, but a deviation will affect the size of the shawl and yarn requirements (shawl requires close to the entirety of each skein

Recommended Yarn
Black Trillium Fibers, “Lilt Sock” (85% Merino, 15% Mulberry Silk) Fingering wt, 405 yds (370 m), 3.5 oz (100 g)
One skein each in:

LC: Citrus (Approx. 390 yds (356 m) needed)
DC: Pomegranate (Approx. 390 yds (356 m) needed) Or similar weight yarn to achieve gauge

  • US4 (3.5 mm) circular needle, or size to obtain gauge, 40” or longer
  • US6 (4.0 mm) circular needle, or size to obtain gauge, 40” or longer
  • Tapestry needle
  • Row counter
  • Stitch markers (17)
Pattern Notes
This pattern was both technical edited and test knit to ensure a beautiful final product. Please contact the designer if you believe there are any errors or have questions about the pattern.

The pattern has written instructions for the garter stitch sections, has both charted and written instructions for the brioche sections, and includes a schematic to help guide the knitter.