Project of the Month: Budding Brioche Blooms Shawl

For our June Project of the Month we paired up the stunning and shimmering Essence of Autumn with the Budding Brioche Blooms shawl by Jennifer Shiels Toland. This is a perfect shawl for the spring and summer, adding just enough warmth while still being light, airy and oh so elegant.



We have fallen in love with Canadian dyer Sheryl Cox’s Essence of Autumn yarns, you can read more here in our NEW YARN posting. For this project we used two different bases from the line, Pasture Sock in a Butterfly’s Dream and Gilded Merino in Sterling. The saturated colours of the Butterfly’s Dream are beautifully set off against the Sterling which has add just a hint of shimmering, gold light. As our staff Janice was working on it she was reminded the late spring storms we have been experiencing, when the sun comes out after a sudden rainstorm and everything is glittering and rainbows abound.


About the Yarn:

Essence of Autumn Gilded Merino

As if soft superwash merino wool wasn’t beautiful enough, add just a hint of shimmering golden light to take it over the top. This 3-ply, gilded lily of a yarn will make any garment sophisticated and mesmerizing.

  • Fibres: 84% Superwash Merino / 16% Gold Stellina
  • Gauge: 27 – 32 stitches = 4 inches (10 cm)
  • Needles: 2.25 mm – 3.25 mm (US 1 – 3)
  • Weight: 3-ply Fingering (1)
  • Length: 115 g / 420 yards (384 m)



Essence of Autumn Pasture Sock

Blue Faced Leicester wool is known for its strength, lustre, drape and excellent stitch definition. The 3-ply construction with added nylon makes this an ideal sock yarn. However, it is suited to a wide variety of finer knit or crochet garments.

  • Fibres: 80% Superwash BFL / 20% Nylon
  • Gauge: 27 – 32 stitches = 4 inches (10 cm)
  • Needles: 2.25 mm – 3.25 mm (US 1 – 3)
  • Weight: 3-ply Fingering (1)
  • Length: 115 g / 407 yards (372 m)




When making a project that incorporates two colour brioche you are looking for contrast colours so the brioche pops. Come in store to play with colour combos of this beautiful yarn; or if you have a traesured skein in your stash, any of our staff would be happy to help suggest a pairing that would create the desired effect!

What really caught our eye with this pattern was of course two colour brioche panels that end with a deep flowering brioche scalloped edge. It is a perfect project for those wanting to try two colour brioche in the flat and comes with well described abbreviations and techniques as well as links to video tutorials and throughout the pattern.


New Skills

Janice had not done two colour brioche worked in the flat before and found she needed to slow down at first, take her time to find some support on how to correct any mistakes along the way. Here is a quick and simple Youtube tutorial on How to Fix Brioche Knitting by Aknitica that she found useful.

She enjoyed the process of patient knitting which also helped her look back as she went along to make sure she caught any little slips, while also enjoying how the colours were playing off each other. Essence of Autumns colourways are so filled with depth and the colours are equally distributed throughout the skein resulting in a finished project that is extraordinary.

Knit to a larger gauge than on a 4mm (US 6) needle gives the shawl a light and airy appeal and once blocked it has a lovely drape and softness. Brioche is also reversible, so when wearing both are equally as beautiful.


If you are new to brioche or would like a refresher we have some great online classes that cover this on trend technique. For a quick introduction we have the new Summer Snacks! Brioche in June and for a full project based class see Beyond the Basics: Brioche Hat Online via Zoom is up next in July and open for registration.



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