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Makariri Shawl

A Pattern for Fibre Muses

About the makariri shawl

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! 

I’ll also be hosting a special holiday KAL for this shawl, running from December 12th to January 9th in the Fibre Muse Sanctuary. Wonderful prizes, good company and fun knitting will be provided! <3

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.

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.

WHAT YOU'LL RECEIVE

Here's what magic you'll get with downloading the pattern...

  • A fully tech-edited and test knit pattern, complete with photos, stitch counts and written and charted instructions for FREE.
  • Gorgeous pattern layout that'll make you excited to knit the pattern!
  • Subscription to the Weekly Muse, my weekly newsletter where you'll receive updates on new pattern releases along with special discounts, notification of upcoming challenges and KALs, and other Aroha Knits happenings.
  • An invitation to the exclusive Fibre Muse Sanctuary FB group, a community where you can create bonds and friendships with like-minded Muses, who will inspire and motivate you on a daily basis.

The Designer

Kia Ora! My name is Francoise, but feel free to call me Frenchie.

I am a Yarn Alchemist: I transform yarn into knitwear designs for Fibre Muses, like you, to enjoy and also teach others how to become Yarn Alchemists themselves! (I'm also a Mystic Fibre Muse!)

My mission is to evolve and grow, and right now, the way I do that is by helping my Fibre Muses, like you, dive deep into themselves to find their creativity and magic. As a result of working with me, you can transform you yarn into a piece of fiber art, as well as discover and benefit from the magical properties of knitting, in order to create a more meaningful experience.