FO: Mara Shawl

aka the Ode to Garter Stitch. 

A Playful Day's Mara Shawl

A Playful Day's Mara Shawl

I have dreamed of such shawls as this! Warm, squishy garter stitch in soft Merino yarn. It's huge, it's embracing and it is sad that I didn't get it finished, blocked and ends woven in till early Summer. It's ok though dear shawl, we will have many hours to huddle together in front of a laptop come Autumn. Trust me. 

A Playful Day's Mara Shawl

A Playful Day's Mara Shawl

This was such a comforting knit. The pattern is a freebie put out by Madelinetosh called Mara. The yarn is Organically Farmed Merino Wool - Aran Weight. Using Aran weight rather than the DK weight this pattern calls for was my first modification and I don't regret it. I wanted a wearable blanket for cold, work from home days and I would say I've got it. You can read all about my lovely green garter stitch wonder on my Ravelry page here too. 

A Playful Day's Mara Shawl

A Playful Day's Mara Shawl

Further Modifications:

  • I opted for size 5mm needle to account for thicker yarn
  • As per another knitter's notes, I used the same increases as are used in Ishbel (every row rather than just one) to make it longer for maximum shoulder coverage.
  • I basically knit till the yarn ran out (a little too literally)
  • I used a suspended bind off for a nice neat ribbed edging. (I used this tutorial)
A Playful Day's Mara Shawl

A Playful Day's Mara Shawl

I had a few problems when I ran out of yarn and had to tink back then tried to futz around with the bind off several times but ultimately, I love it. I'm almost sad Summer is just round the corner. 

Almost.