Tattersall Tartan by Xandy Peters

Tattersall Tartan

January 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in Brioche stitch
US 3 - 3.25 mm
700 - 800 yards (640 - 732 m)
26.5" (63 cm) in circumference, 16" (40 cm) tall.
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Brioche stitch and intarsia are best friends. Pair this cowl with the Buffalo Brioche Scarf to get a 20% discount and learn the technique flat and in the round.

Tattersall is a popular tartan for shirts and blankets. It is characterized by a grid of evenly spaced thin stripes, generally in two alternating colors, on a solid background. This pattern was popularized by blankets from the Tattersall Horse Market in London. Like a woven plaid, the Tattersall pattern in this cowl is created with the intersection of two yarn colors.

If you already know 2-color brioche, you may find the intarsia color changes in brioche stitch to be easier than they are in stockinette stitch! Stripes and intarsia create the intermeshed vertical and horizontal stripes of the plaid. This project is a gentle introduction to brioche intarsia in the round. At first, it’s a little tricky, but this simple plaid is easy to memorize as you focus on the new techniques. The pattern has written and charted instructions, a brioche intarsia primer with some helpful tips and a photo guide to help you get started on the first few rounds.

If you haven’t tried any brioche stitch before, you may want to try a simple project first to learn the terminology.

Finished Size: 26.5” (63 cm) in circumference, 16” (40 cm) tall.
Yarn: Harrisville Designs Shetland, 217 yards (198 m) per 50g; 100% wool.
Main Color: 2 skeins Peacock
Contrast Color 1: 1 skein Gold
Contrast Color 2: 1 skein Raspberry
Needles: Size 3 (3.25 mm) 24” circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge.
Gauge: 18 sts x 26 rows = 4 x 4” (10 x 10 cm) square in brioche stitch.
Materials: A scale accurate to the gram, stitch markers, 20 cardboard or plastic bobbins, a crochet hook, blocking mats and pins.