Mākutu Shawl by Francoise Danoy

Mākutu Shawl

Knitting
April 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in St. st
US 5 - 3.75 mm
520 - 575 yards (475 - 526 m)
50" (127 cm) width, 25" (64 cm) depth
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“It’s still magic even if you know how it’s done.”
― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

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Ever since I picked up the knitting needles for the first time, I have always found the process of knitting to be a magical and fascinating one. From sheep, to skein, to needle to the final object, each step of the fiber’s journey transforms it in such a radical way that I sometimes have to step back in order to appreciate how much this craft has evolved over the centuries.

The Maakutu shawl is a design to delight the needles and soothe the soul, to reflect this magical experience. Combining the meditative nature of stockinette stitch (during which perhaps you can reflect on the transformative nature of knitting) and the excitement of lace knitting, this project will bewitch you from putting it down. It makes a pleasant addition to any knitter’s handmade wardrobe, to add to the collection of other magical pieces.


Needle: US size 5 (3.75mm), 32” (80cm) circular needle. A long circular needle is recommended in order to accommodate the large number of stitches.
Yarns Used: Julie Asselin Fino Simple (Fingering / Single ply ; 75% Merino, 15% Cashmere, 10% Silk ; 400 yards / 365 meters / 115 grams). Color ways Macaron (C1) and Birch (C2).
Yardage:
C1 color: 250-275 yards / 225 - 250 meters
C2 color: 270-300 yards / 245 - 275 meters
Gauge: 26 sts / 40 rows = 4 inches in St. st.
26 sts / 27 rows = 4 inches in lace pattern. Gauge is not essential to this project, but note that varying gauges will result in different yardages and final size.
Other Notions: At least 4 stitch markers, darning needle.
Special Techniques: Lace, working from charts or written instructions, yarn over and make-one increases.

Pattern has been professionally tech edited and test knit for errors and clarification. Includes chart, written instructions, and stitch counts.

A special thank you to Julie Asselin for the yarn support!