*Peacock Shawl* Brioche Knitting Patterns


Peacock Shawl is a brioche knitting pattern worked in brioche rib stitch. The pattern is divided in 3 panels and each panel consists of a peacock feather motif that includes more and more feathers as the pattern advances. I explain in the video how to start and place the markers so that it's easier to follow the chart and the directions.

Finished Size:

70" (178 cm) wide x 22 1/2" (57 cm) deep after blocking
Size in rows: 
rows 1-32 once + [rows 33-68] 7 times

Yarn:

Sport weight
MC: Schachenmayr Catania Solids color navy 8.04 oz (228 g) = 623 yds (570 m)
CC: Alize Bella Batik Design color 4150 4.16 oz (118 g) = 465 yds (425m)

Needles:

2.75mm - US 2 Chiaogoo 4” interchangeable needles with 14” and 50" cables

Notions:

Marker (m), tapestry needle

Gauge: 

21 sts and 50 rows = 4” (10 cm) in brioche rib blocked

Abbreviations:

k - knit
p - purl
brk - brioche knit
brp - brioche purl
sl1yo - slip 1 pwise with yarn over needle
sl1 wyib - slip 1 pwise with yarn in back
sl1 wyif - slip 1 pwise with yarn in front
brLsl dec - brioche left slant decrease
brRsl dec - brioche right slant decrease
br4st dec - brioche 4 stitches decrease
br4st inc - brioche 4 stitches increase
brkyobrk - brioche knit, yarn over, brioche knit
MC - main color yarn
CC - contrast color yarn
m - marker
st(s) - stitch(es)

Peacock Shawl - Brioche Knitting

Directions:

With MC yarn cast-on 9 sts from 1 st (make a loop with the tail under the working yarn, then [k1, yo] 4 times, k1, into that loop). Pull on yarn tail and tighten that loop. Work row 1 in main color yarn. After that slide all stitches to the other end of the needles, join contrast color yarn and work row 2 in contrast color yarn.

Row 1 MC: k1, sl1yo, k1, sl1yo, k1.

After each odd row slide stitches to other end of needles, pick-up contrast color yarn and knit the even row.
After each even row turn work, pick-up main color yarn and knit the odd row.

Row 2 CC: sl1 wyif, *brp1, sl1yo; rep from* to last 2 sts, brp1, sl1 wyif.
Note: knit the “brkyobrk” sts from previous row as: sl1yo, p1, sl1yo
          and the “br4st inc” sts from previous row as: sl1yo, p1, sl1yo, p1, sl1yo

Row 3 MC: p1, * sl1yo, brp1; rep from* to last 2 sts, sl1yo, p1.

Row 4 CC: sl1 wyib, *brk1, sl1yo; rep from* to last 2 sts, brk1, sl1 wyib.

Row 5 MC: k1, sl1yo, brkyobrk, sl1yo, br4st inc, sl1yo, brkyobrk, sl1yo, k1.
Rows 6, 7, 8 = rows 2, 3, 4

Row 9 MC: k1, *sl1yo, brk1; rep from* to last 2 sts, sl1yo, k1.
Rows 10, 11, 12 = rows 2, 3, 4

Row 13 MC: k1, [sl1yo, brk1, sl1yo, br4st inc] 3 times, sl1yo, brk1, sl1yo, k1.
Rows 14, 15, 16 = rows 2, 3, 4

Row 17 = row 9
Rows 18, 19, 20 = rows 2, 3, 4

Row 21 MC: k1, [sl1yo, brk1] 2 times, sl1yo, br4st inc, [sl1yo, brk1] 3 times, sl1yo, br4st inc, [sl1yo, brk1] 3 times, sl1yo, br4 st inc, [sl1yo, brk1] 2 times, sl1yo, k1.
Rows 22, 23, 24 = rows 2, 3, 4

Row 25 = row 9
Rows 26, 27, 28 = rows 2, 3, 4

Row 29 MC: k1, sl1yo, brkyobrk, [sl1yo, brk1] 2 times, sl1yo, br4st inc, [sl1yo, brk1] 2 times, sl1yo, m, br4st inc, [sl1yo, brk1] 2 times, sl1yo, br4st inc, [sl1yo, brk1] 2 times, sl1yo, br4st inc, [sl1yo, brk1] 2 times, sl1yo, br4st inc, [sl1yo, brk1] 2 times, sl1yo, brkyobrk, sl1yo, k1.
Rows 30, 31, 32 = rows 2, 3, 4

Row 33 = row 9
Rows 34, 35, 36 = rows 2, 3, 4

Row 37 MC: k1, sl1yo, brk1,
marker (beginning motif), sl1yo, *brk1, sl1yo, brRsl dec, sl1yo, brk1, sl1yo, br4st inc, sl1yo, brk1, sl1yo, brLsl dec, sl1yo, repeat from * to 2 sts before m, brk1, sl1yo, marker (end motif),
brk1,
m (beginning motif), sl1yo, *brk1, sl1yo, brRsl dec, sl1yo, brk1, sl1yo, br4st inc, sl1yo, brk1, sl1yo, brLsl dec, sl1yo, repeat from * to 2 sts before m, brk1, sl1yo, m (end motif),
brk1,
m (beginning motif), sl1yo, *brk1, sl1yo, brRsl dec, sl1yo, brk1, sl1yo, br4st inc, sl1yo, brk1, sl1yo, brLsl dec, sl1yo, repeat from * to 2 sts before m, brk1, sl1yo, m (end motif),
brk1, sl1yo, k1.
Rows 38, 39, 40 = rows 2, 3, 4

Row 41= row 37
Rows 42, 43, 44 = rows 2, 3, 4

Row 45 = row 9
Rows 46, 47, 48 = rows 2, 3, 4

Row 49 MC: k1, sl1yo, brk1,
m (beginning motif), sl1yo, *br4st inc, [sl1yo, brk1] 2 times, sl1yo, br4st dec, [sl1yo, brk1] 2 times, sl1yo, repeat from * to 2 sts before m, br4st inc, sl1yo, m (end motif),
brk1,
m (beginning motif), sl1yo, *br4st inc, [sl1yo, brk1] 2 times, sl1yo, br4st dec, [sl1yo, brk1] 2 times, sl1yo, repeat from * to 2 sts before m, br4st inc, sl1yo, m (end motif),
brk1,
m (beginning motif), sl1yo, *br4st inc, [sl1yo, brk1] 2 times, sl1yo, br4st dec, [sl1yo, brk1] 2 times, sl1yo, repeat from * to 2 sts before m, br4st inc, sl1yo, m (end motif),
brk1, sl1yo, k1.
Rows 50, 51, 52 = rows 2, 3, 4

Row 53 = row 9
Rows 54, 55, 56 = rows 2, 3, 4

Row 57 MC: k1, sl1yo, brk1,
m (beginning motif), sl1yo, brk1, sl1yo, *br4st inc, [sl1yo, brk1] 2 times, sl1yo, br4st dec, [sl1yo, brk1] 2 times, sl1yo, repeat from * to 4 sts before m, br4st inc, sl1yo, brk1, sl1yo, m (end motif),
brk1,
m (beginning motif), sl1yo, brk1, sl1yo, *br4st inc, [sl1yo, brk1] 2 times, sl1yo, br4st dec, [sl1yo, brk1] 2 times, sl1yo, repeat from * to 4 sts before m, br4st inc, sl1yo, brk1, sl1yo, m (end motif),
brk1,
m (beginning motif), sl1yo, brk1, sl1yo, *br4st inc, [sl1yo, brk1] 2 times, sl1yo, br4st dec, [sl1yo, brk1] 2 times, sl1yo, repeat from * to 4 sts before m, br4st inc, sl1yo, brk1, sl1yo, m (end motif),
brk1, sl1yo, k1.
Rows 58, 59, 60 = rows 2, 3, 4

Row 61= row 9
Rows 62, 63, 64 = rows 2, 3, 4

Row 65 MC: k1, sl1yo, brkyobrk,  
m (beginning motif), [sl1yo, brk1] 2 times, sl1yo, *br4st inc, [sl1yo, brk1] 2 times, sl1yo, br4st dec, [sl1yo, brk1] 2 times, sl1yo, repeat from * to 6 sts before m, br4st inc, [sl1yo, brk1] 2 times, sl1yo, m (end motif),
br4st inc,  
m (beginning motif), [sl1yo, brk1] 2 times, sl1yo, *br4st inc, [sl1yo, brk1] 2 times, sl1yo, br4st dec, [sl1yo, brk1] 2 times, sl1yo, repeat from * to 6 sts before m, br4st inc, [sl1yo, brk1] 2 times, sl1yo, m (end motif),
br4st inc,  
m (beginning motif), [sl1yo, brk1] 2 times, sl1yo, *br4st inc, [sl1yo, brk1] 2 times, sl1yo, br4st dec, [sl1yo, brk1] 2 times, sl1yo, repeat from * to 6 sts before m, br4st inc, [sl1yo, brk1] 2 times, sl1yo, m (end motif),
brkyobrk, sl1yo, k1.
Rows 66, 67, 68 = rows 2, 3, 4

Repeat rows 33-68 until reached the desired width of the shawl.
For my finished size I have knit once the rows 1-32 and then 7 times the rows 33-68.
Bind off and weave in loose ends. 

Knit The *Peacock Shawl* Using Charts: 

With main color yarn cast-on 9 sts from 1 st (make a loop with the tail under the working yarn, then [k1, yo] 4 times, k1, into that loop). Pull on yarn tail and tighten that loop. Work row 1 in main color yarn according to chart below. After that slide all stitches to the other end of the needles, join contrast color yarn and work row 2 in contrast color yarn.

After each odd row slide stitches to other end of needles, pick-up contrast color yarn and knit with it the even row. After each even row turn work, pick-up main color yarn and knit with it the odd row.
Peacock Shawl - Rows 1-32
After completing rows 1-32, work rows 33-68 according to the chart below:
Peacock Shawl - Rows 33-68
After working rows 1-68, repeat rows 33-68. When you work rows 33-68 the second time, there will be 2 pattern repeats inside each motif. See chart below:
Peacock Shawl - Rows 33-68 (2nd repeat)
When you will work rows 33-68 the third time, there will be 3 pattern repeats inside each motif and so on.

One Page Chart: 

If the process of knitting by using the charts explained above is clear, maybe you would need all the charts in one page to print or save to your PC/tablet/phone. For those purposes you can use the image below:
Foliage Scarf - Compact Chart

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