Brindille

Quite a few years I splurged and got myself the Haapsalu Shawl Book. It’s a beautiful stitch dictionary/Estonian knitting history book. It’s one of my very favorites. And I’ve been meaning to take a stitch pattern from that book, replace the nupps with beads, and make a lovely shawlette for as long as I’ve owned it. Finally it’s done!

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I am not a big nupp fan. I find them fiddly, and I rarely think the result is worth the effort. Your mileage may vary of course. Some folks adore nupps. Not me. But beads… swoon. Why I haven’t designed with beads yet is beyond me. Really. Why haven’t I? I definitely need more beads in my life.

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Brindille is the French word for twig. And the patterning is of course one of the Estonian twig patterns. Why are words in other languages so much lovelier? If I named this pattern “twig” it would just be odd. And slightly guttural sounding. But Brindille sounds very fancy. And fancy it is!

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This shawlette is worked asymmetrically – from tip to side edge in Sincere Sheep‘s Agleam yarn in Cumulus. It’s a superwash merino/tencel blend that has an amazingly soft hand and a luminous sheen. The beads are 6/0 seed beads procured from AC Moore in a flat amethyst colorway. They were applied using a fishing line method by the sample knitter, but the pattern calls for a tiny crochet hook – which is how I prefer to do it. You can even string the beads if you like – it’s up to you!

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Needles: Size 6 needles (4.0 mm)
Yarn: Sincere Sheep Agleam in the Cumulus Colorway – 412 yards to 4 oz.
Gauge: 20 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in blocked stockinette
Size: Approximately 42″ wide and 24″ deep

Brindille is available on Ravelry for $6.00 USD!

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