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GeoGradient MKaL Clue 1 Brioche & Garter Mod


4 skeins of hand dyed yarn in a gradient from light blue green to a dark forest green are next to a wooden knitting needle set and floral knitting bag.

HELLO!

After all that's been happening in the knitting world this past week, here's my pick for the Geogradient MKaL hosted by @westknits. I had been planning on sitting it out & watching from the sidelines this year, but just couldn't sit back and not show my support after seeing how people are acting right now. Stephen has always been a hugely supportive & friendly pillar of the online knitting community so I want to do what I can to show my support for him and his amazing designs.


He's been a huge influence in my own trajectory as a designer, knitter, and as a human being in general. Every time I've met him or taken a class with him I've come away inspired and excited to try the next thing and play with my knitting.


So I've taken his Clue 1, version 3, Radiating (from the heart) Square, and added my own modifications per his suggestion to make it my own by creating a garter-stitch & brioche vision. I can't think of Stephen without thinking of brioche so this seems like the most fitting mod I could design. I've posted instructions for my brioche mod below and to the official Clue 1 Spoiler Thread on Ravelry.


These are not complete instructions to make the square since it's just a mod. You will have to still buy the pattern from Westknits if you would like to make it yourself, but the instructions below will guide you through making all the modifications that I used in my own square.


Let's have a great MKaL full of love, kindness, and support for our fellow crafters! 💕


Happy knitting! 😘

Shaina ^_^


 


Brioche & Garter Stitch Clue 1 Mod

Color sequence map for the Brioche & Garter stitch Geogradient Shawl Clue 1 Mod.

Notes:

My instructions below mirror the striping sequence that Stephen uses in his pattern for Section 1 of the Geogradient Shawl. Each of my stripes end with the same stitch count as the ones listed in the pattern. I haven't included stitch counts because I don't want to give away too much here. You can always email or message me with questions and I'll help as much as I can.


There is a center square and 9 stripes radiating out from it so that is how I've labeled them to try and make it clear where I'm at in the pattern with each stripe. Hopefully the color layout sketch above helps with this.


If you want a visual for how the colors will play together within this mod, scroll to the bottom of this post where I have an image of the Intergalactic Shawl. That is the basis for this mod design & will show you a good visual of how the colors will show up once this square is knit up. I will update this post with an image of my finished square as soon as it's ready, but that should help you visualize the final result in the meantime.


10/11/23 - Edited to add: I have knit through the first Brioche Stripe and the instructions listed below are correct. I've also clarified the definition of Brkyobrk and the instructions on Rnd 1B to make them easier to follow. I also added the RS & WS image of my square in progress so you can have a better visual of how the pattern will knit up.


PS: The square is reversible so you can pick which side will be your Right Side after you've finished knitting the whole thing.



 

Brioche Stitch Guide

(other stitches can be found in the pattern)

  • Brk - Brioche Knit - K the next stitch and it's yarn over together.

  • Brkyobrk - Basic Brioche Increase - K the next stitch and it's yarn over together without removing the stitch from the left needle, yarn over the right needle, knit the same stitch on the left needle and it's yarn over together, remove stitch from the left needle. (+2 sts)

  • Brp - Brioche Purl - P the next stitch and it's yarn over together.

  • Sl1yo - Slip 1, Yarn Over - Bring yarn from back to front between the needles, slip 1 stitch, yarn over (over the st that was just slipped).

Basic Brioche Knitting tutorials can be found here and here.


 

Center Square: Garter Stitch

Starting on page 3, Section 1: "Using A..."

Follow the pattern as written in Clue_1_Geogradient_Shawl_Version_3 until "Break color A." Do not break color A. Just leave it attached for now, it will be used in the next stripe.


Stripe # 1: Bioche

Instead of working the instructions starting with "Using B", work the following:


Set-up Rnd A: Using B, (k1, slm, *sl1yo, k1; rep from * to m, slm, sl1yo) 4 times. No sts increased.

Set-up Rnd B: Using A, (sl1yo, slm, *brp, sl1yo; rep from * to m, slm, brp) 4 times. No sts increased.


Rnd 1A: Using B, (brk, slm, sl1yo, brkyobrk, *sl1yo, brk; rep from * to 2 sts before m, sl1yo, brkyobrk, slm, sl1yo) 4 times. 16 sts increased.

Rnd 1B: Using A, (sl1yo, p, sl1yo, slm, *brp, sl1yo; rep from * to 4 sts from m, , brp, sl1yo, p, sl1yo, slm, brp) 4 times. No sts increased.

Rnds 2-4A: Using B, (brk, slm, *sl1yo, brk; rep from * to m, slm, sl1yo) 4 times. No sts increased.

Rnds 2-4B: Using A, (sl1yo, slm, *brp, sl1yo; rep from * to m, slm, brp) 4 times. No sts increased.


Repeat Rnds 1A-2B once more. Break color A.


Ending Rnd: Using B, (brk, slm, *k1, brk; rep from * to m, slm, k1) 4 times. Your stitch count will match what is indicated in the pattern at the end of this stripe. Do not break color B. Just leave it attached for now, it will be used in the next part.


Stripe # 2: Garter Stitch

Instead of using C when the instructions say "Using C", use B but follow the same instructions as in the pattern for a garter stripe. Do not break color B. Just leave it attached for now, it will be used in the next part. (See the color layout sketch above.)


Stripe # 3: Brioche

Instead of working the instructions starting with "Using D", work the following:


Set-up Rnd A: Using C, (k1, slm, *sl1yo, k1; rep from * to m, slm, sl1yo) 4 times. No sts increased.

Set-up Rnd B: Using B, (sl1yo, slm, *brp, sl1yo; rep from * to m, slm, brp) 4 times. No sts increased.


Rnd 1A: Using C, (brk, slm, sl1yo, brkyobrk, *sl1yo, brk; rep from * to 2 sts before m, sl1yo, brkyobrk, slm, sl1yo) 4 times. 16 sts increased.

Rnd 1B: Using B, (sl1yo, p, sl1yo, slm, *brp, sl1yo; rep from * to 4 sts from m, , brp, sl1yo, p, sl1yo, slm, brp) 4 times. No sts increased.

Rnds 2-4A: Using C, (brk, slm, *sl1yo, brk; rep from * to m, slm, sl1yo) 4 times. No sts increased.

Rnds 2-4B: Using B, (sl1yo, slm, *brp, sl1yo; rep from * to m, slm, brp) 4 times. No sts increased.


Repeat Rnds 1A-2B once more. Break color B.


Ending Rnd: Using C, (brk, slm, *k1, brk; rep from * to m, slm, k1) 4 times. Your stitch count will match what is indicated in the pattern at the end of this stripe. Do not break color C. Just leave it attached for now, it will be used in the next part.


Stripe # 4: Garter Stitch

Instead of using A when the instructions say "Using A", use C but follow the same instructions as in the pattern for a garter stripe. Do not break color C. Just leave it attached for now, it will be used in the next part. (See the color layout sketch above.)


Stripe # 5: Brioche

Instead of working the instructions starting with "Using B", work the following:


Set-up Rnd A: Using D, (k1, slm, *sl1yo, k1; rep from * to m, slm, sl1yo) 4 times. No sts increased.

Set-up Rnd B: Using C, (sl1yo, slm, *brp, sl1yo; rep from * to m, slm, brp) 4 times. No sts increased.


Rnd 1A: Using D, (brk, slm, sl1yo, brkyobrk, *sl1yo, brk; rep from * to 2 sts before m, sl1yo, brkyobrk, slm, sl1yo) 4 times. 16 sts increased.

Rnd 1B: Using C, (sl1yo, p, sl1yo, slm, *brp, sl1yo; rep from * to 4 sts from m, , brp, sl1yo, p, sl1yo, slm, brp) 4 times. No sts increased.

Rnds 2-4A: Using D, (brk, slm, *sl1yo, brk; rep from * to m, slm, sl1yo) 4 times. No sts increased.

Rnds 2-4B: Using C, (sl1yo, slm, *brp, sl1yo; rep from * to m, slm, brp) 4 times. No sts increased.


Repeat Rnds 1A-2B once more. Break color C.


Ending Rnd: Using D, (brk, slm, *k1, brk; rep from * to m, slm, k1) 4 times. Your stitch count will match what is indicated in the pattern at the end of this stripe. Do not break color D. Just leave it attached for now, it will be used in the next part.


Stripe # 6: Garter Stitch

Instead of using C when the instructions say "Using C", use D but follow the same instructions as in the pattern for a garter stripe. Do not break color D. Just leave it attached for now, it will be used in the next part. (See the color layout sketch above.)


Stripe # 7: Brioche

Instead of working the instructions starting with "Using D", work the following:


Set-up Rnd A: Using A, (k1, slm, *sl1yo, k1; rep from * to m, slm, sl1yo) 4 times. No sts increased.

Set-up Rnd B: Using D, (sl1yo, slm, *brp, sl1yo; rep from * to m, slm, brp) 4 times. No sts increased.


Rnd 1A: Using A, (brk, slm, sl1yo, brkyobrk, *sl1yo, brk; rep from * to 2 sts before m, sl1yo, brkyobrk, slm, sl1yo) 4 times. 16 sts increased.

Rnd 1B: Using D, (sl1yo, p, sl1yo, slm, *brp, sl1yo; rep from * to 4 sts from m, , brp, sl1yo, p, sl1yo, slm, brp) 4 times. No sts increased.

Rnds 2-4A: Using A, (brk, slm, *sl1yo, brk; rep from * to m, slm, sl1yo) 4 times. No sts increased.

Rnds 2-4B: Using D, (sl1yo, slm, *brp, sl1yo; rep from * to m, slm, brp) 4 times. No sts increased.


Repeat Rnds 1A-2B once more. Break color D.


Ending Rnd: Using A, (brk, slm, *k1, brk; rep from * to m, slm, k1) 4 times. Your stitch count will match what is indicated in the pattern at the end of this stripe. Do not break color A. Just leave it attached for now, it will be used in the next part.


Stripe # 8: Garter Stitch

This time you will be using A when the instructions say "Using A", follow the same instructions as in the pattern for a garter stripe. Do not break color A. Just leave it attached for now, it will be used in the next part. (See the color layout sketch above.)


Stripe # 9: Brioche

Instead of working the instructions on page 4 starting with "Using B", work the following:


Set-up Rnd A: Using B, (k1, slm, *sl1yo, k1; rep from * to m, slm, sl1yo) 4 times. No sts increased.

Set-up Rnd B: Using A, (sl1yo, slm, *brp, sl1yo; rep from * to m, slm, brp) 4 times. No sts increased.


Rnd 1A: Using B, (brk, slm, sl1yo, brkyobrk, *sl1yo, brk; rep from * to 2 sts before m, sl1yo, brkyobrk, slm, sl1yo) 4 times. 16 sts increased.

Rnd 1B: Using A, (sl1yo, p, sl1yo, slm, *brp, sl1yo; rep from * to 4 sts from m, , brp, sl1yo, p, sl1yo, slm, brp) 4 times. No sts increased.

Rnds 2-4A: Using B, (brk, slm, *sl1yo, brk; rep from * to m, slm, sl1yo) 4 times. No sts increased.

Rnds 2-4B: Using A, (sl1yo, slm, *brp, sl1yo; rep from * to m, slm, brp) 4 times. No sts increased.


Repeat Rnds 1A-2B once more. Break color A.


Ending Rnd: Using B, (brk, slm, *k1, brk; rep from * to m, slm, k1) 4 times. Your stitch count will match what is indicated in the pattern at the end of this stripe. Do not break color B. Just leave it attached for now, it will be used in the Next Rnd (found in your pattern).


Continue following the pattern as written starting at the first "Next Rnd" on page 4 of Clue_1_Geogradient_Shawl_Version_3.


 


Simple Brioche Designs:

Image of the Naiad Shawl, a deep purple, highly textured semi-circular shawl, spread out on a wooden deck.

(Linked to the Yumi Yarns shop)



The Holiday Recovery Shawl, a multi-color garter-stitch and mesh based semi-circular shawl, is held in front of a window on a cold winter day.

(Linked to the Yumi Yarns shop)



A close-up of the Knit at Nite shawl, a fingering weight shawl featuring garter stitch, simple mesh, and brioche ribbing in neons and pastels.

(Linked to the Yumi Yarns Shop)


 



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