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TE MANAWAKURA SHAWl

A SHAWL FOR FIBRE MUSES

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    The Manawakura Shawl (Te reo Maori for Muse) is an asymmetrical triangular shawl with alternating bands of garter stitch and lace. The lace bands are textured with cables that form large floral motifs. Bobbles between blooms are like buds just waiting to flourish.

    I believe that there is a Fibre Muse in all knitters; a Fibre Muse is anyone who uses fibre to fulfill a personal desire or goal. We all knit for different reasons, so I have identified four types of Fibre Muse. The Mystic knits as a form of self-care; the Dreamer, self-expression; the Seeker, self-discovery; and the Giver, selflessness. With four such diverse muses, how can one shawl be perfect for every knitter?

    Are you a Mystic who uses knitting as a form of meditation? The garter sections are ideal for mindful reflection. Are you a Dreamer who loves that her beautiful knitwear lets her stand out from the crowd? The bands of cabled lace will impress your friends and strangers alike. Are you a Seeker who is always learning about herself? Then the combination of techniques in this shawl will make your heart sing. Or are you a Giver, always thinking of other people before yourself? Any friend would be touched to receive this lovely shawl as a gift.

    Whichever Fibre Muse thrives in you, this shawl was designed with you in mind.

    What you’ll need to prepare…

    YARN

    • 920 - 1060 yd./840 - 970 m

    • Fingering/4-ply yarn

    • Imogene Big Bad Yarn Soft Mérinosdes îles Malouines (100% Merino; 437 yd./ 400 m; 100 g).

    • 3 Skeins in "Meet Francoise"

    • Merino yarn is elastic yet sturdy. When wet, it blooms out nicely and holds its shape after blocking.

    NEEDLES

    • US 5 (3.75 mm) or size to obtain gauge, 36-in./90 cm circular needle

    • A long circular needle is recommended in order to accommodate the large number of stitches as the shawl grows.

    GAUGE

    • 24 sts and 48 rows = 4 in./10 cm in Garter Stitch with needle size and after blocking.

    • One repeat of the Fibre Muse Lace pattern equals 2 in./5 cm by 2.5 in/6.25 cm.

    • Gauge is not crucial to this project, but varying gauges will affect yardage and final measurements.

    NOTIONS

    • Stitch markers

    • Darning/tapestry needle

    The Designer

    Kia ora! My name is Francoise, aka Frenchie. I'm a Franco-Maori, American-Australian living in Osaka, Japan with my partner and Beemo the Cat. I'm the face behind Aroha Knits, as knitwear designer and design coach, where I empower fibre artists to transform their yarn so they can be inspired to manifest more joy, healing, connection and creativity, one stitch at a time.

    I’m passionate about creating meaningful and fulfilling work, shaking up the industry and fibre community, and serving as a catalyst for transformative impact. My knitwear designs focus on amplifying one of the four aspects of making, through my Fibre Muse archetype framework: self-care, self-discovery, self-expression and selflessness, with my personal touch of incorporating my multicultural heritage into the designs.

    I’m on a mission to start a movement. I believe that our art and work as knitters can make a difference. More than ever, this craft, which forces us to slow down and breathe for just a moment, is needed in our society of instant gratification and go-go-go.

    Knitting is not just a hobby, but a form of art. It is a powerful medium of bringing more joy, healing, creativity, and connection into our lives… one stitch at a time.

    Through intentional creation, we are capable of transformative impact.