To bid farewell to 2016 and welcome in 2017, I’m gifting the Makariri Shawl as a free pattern to members of my Fibre Muse Community at Aroha Knits. However, this gift is available to everyone, if you so desire it! To receive it, click here. Upon downloading the pattern (it will be sent to your inbox so check for it there!), in addition to receiving a free subscription to the Weekly Muse newsletter you will also be sent an exclusive invitation to the Fibre Muse Sanctuary FB Group.
Winter is on its way, so bundle yourself up in a shawl to help keep the cold at bay! Makariri (Maori for Winter) is a gorgeous oversized shawl, with subtle texture and squish, and eye-catching lace and colorwork. Let the garter stitch transport you to a scene of slow and peaceful living—it is a wonderfully meditative stitch. And when the lace comes into play, enjoy the present as you spend a bit more time and concentration to make the stitch work its magic.
Use your creativity and imagination to pair your three favorite colorways together to paint a scene. In my sample, I used white and two grey neutrals to reflect the cold yet magical feeling of winter. Perhaps you will choose more vibrant and warm colors to celebrate summer or spring? Regardless, let your intuition decide which colors to work together and watch the magic unfold and bloom.
Be prepared to fall in love with your new shawl, as you wrap yourself up in it, pairing it with your favorite winter coat. Step outside into the crisp air, perhaps with a slight spring in your step, as you face a new day in your new shawl.
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Needle: US size 6 (4.0mm), 32” (81cm) circular needle is recommended in order to accommodate the large number of stitches.
Yarns Used: The Fiber Seed Sprout Solids (Fingering/4 ply; 90% Merino, 10% Nylon; 480 yards; 438 meters/135 grams). Colorways Natural, Silver, and Slate, 1 skein each.
Yardage: MC: 430 - 480 yards (390 - 440 m), CC1 170 - 190 yards (155 - 175 m) , CC2 270 - 300 yards (250 - 275 m).
Gauge: 24 sts and 38 rows = 4”/10cm in garter stitch, after blocking.
Other Notions: Stitch markers, darning needle.
Pattern has been tech edited and test knit.
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