Free Pattern Friday! A review of The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief. February 09 2024, 1 Comment

This is my second free pattern review. I am focusing on patterns available off Ravelry as I feel its very easy to find free patterns if you are able to use Ravelry but must harder to find good, free patterns via a general google search. I always seem to end up in a Pinterest rabbit hole and never actually find the pattern! If you missed January's pattern it can be found here.

The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief

This patterns is by Orange Flower Yarn and was originally published in 2010 and was updated in 2022. I'm not sure what changed were made when it was updated.

Small grey triangular shawl on a mannequin

Details

The pattern is for DK weight yarn and comes in two sizes, a Kerchief and a Shawl. According to the pattern the smaller size uses 100g and the larger uses 160g of DK weight yarn. It is knitted flat but the pattern recommends a 80cm circular needle. It also uses two stitch markers to mark the central point.

I like the way it has two starting options, a garter tab or a regular cast on, and it's a very easy pattern to follow with lots of stitch counts to help make sure you have the right number of stitches. I found I needed to use Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off to make sure the edge was stretchy enough to block to shape, but I am a tight knitter so you might not need this.

The pattern has some really helpful notes at the end on the yarn overs used to make the increases as well as washing and blocking  tips and instructions for making the shawl larger if desired. 

Its a well written pattern and could easily be made by a confident beginner as well as enjoyed by a more experienced knitter.

Small grey triangular shawl arranged in a heart shape on a pale blue background

My Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief

I knitted the smaller size in Enchant DK and it was a nice quick knit; It took me just over a weekend. I chose to knit it in a fairly neutral colourway called Limpet but I think you could use pretty much any hand dyed yarn as the pattern is bold enough not to be hidden by variegated yarns.

You could use any DK yarn but as a small kerchief designed to be worn round the neck I wanted something super soft and snuggly so chose Enchant DK which is a blend of Alpaca, Silk and Cashmere for a very light, soft scarf. I think it would be lovely tucked into the top of your coat on blowy days to keep the wind out and your neck warm.

My kerchief only used 80g of yarn so I might have been able to make it larger and still only use one skein. The pattern doesn't state what the original yarn used was, or what meterage there was per 100g, so I don't know if this was just because I used a base with more metres per 100g or if the yarn estimates are very generous. You could always add a lifeline after the last row before the border and carry on with another repeat but can easily rip it back if you run out of yarn. This is probably what I would do if I was to knit it again, especially if I wanted to use up as much of my yarn as possible.

Small grey triangular shawl  just covering the shoulders of the mannequin

Advantages of this pattern

  • Easy to follow pattern 
  • Can easily be resized if you want to make bigger
  • Would be a great gift as its quick to knit
  • Ideal for hand dyed yarns as the bold pattern will work with most dye styles

I will have my Age of Brass and Steam with us at shows this year so do come and take a look. I'd love to know if you make one. I've also switched comments on so do let me know what you think of Free Pattern Friday. 

Link to pattern The Age of Brass and Steam