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Old 11-22-2013, 05:04 PM   #1
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FO: Mara Shawl for Artlady
I knit a cream Malabrigo Mara Shawl this summer, and gifted it to my daughter, Lauralee. Then I knit a black Mara Shawl recently, and gave that one to her as well. She loves them.

But I always wanted one for myself, too, and so that's exactly what I did this past week.
(She can't wear this yarn so I'll definitely be keeping it! )

My yarn is Araucania Azapa, #801 natural white tweed.
I've had it forever, just waiting on the right project. You know how that goes?


Here is the shawl. It looks less white than the hank looks in sunlight, but that's just the photography quirks. Plus, I think garter stitch creates shadows, and reflects less light.



My Ravelry Notes, if you'd care to get more information. Needless to say, I love this shawl pattern.
It will lend itself to dk, worsted, or bulky weight yarn. Free Mara Shawl pattern.

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Old 11-22-2013, 05:18 PM   #2
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Beautiful as always!

Made this for one of the daughters this summer and thought I'd never get through the ruffle! I like the way you did the cast on edge w/o the ribbing.

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Beautiful work, ArtLady, as always! And you deserve a scrumpdillyicious shawl like that one...
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Originally Posted by JudyD View Post
I like the way you did the cast on edge w/o the ribbing.
Not quite sure what you mean, Judy. This pattern calls for a Cast on 5 stitches, and then after knitting two rows plain, immediately begin increasing 4 stitches on every other row...1 yarnover between 2nd & 3rd at each end and 2 yarnovers flanking the center stitch in the middle.

On this pattern, the ribbing only exists on the ruffle, the 2x2 ribbing becomes the ruffle because of the HUGE increase row where 220 stitches become 440 in a single increase row. Kf&b in every stitch!
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At last! Something for you! It's gorgeous!
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So beautiful! Finally, one for you, it will certainly keep you stylishly warm.
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The white really is classic and elegant. Lovely, just lovely. Enjoy wearing your beautiful shawl!
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Originally Posted by ArtLady1981 View Post
Not quite sure what you mean, Judy. This pattern calls for a Cast on 5 stitches, and then after knitting two rows plain, immediately begin increasing 4 stitches on every other row...1 yarnover between 2nd & 3rd at each end and 2 yarnovers flanking the center stitch in the middle.

On this pattern, the ribbing only exists on the ruffle, the 2x2 ribbing becomes the ruffle because of the HUGE increase row where 220 stitches become 440 in a single increase row. Kf&b in every stitch!

In looking at your shawl I knew it looked different from the one I made. I thought I remembered ribbing at the beginning but in checking the photo my memory returns and I can see that I did a row of crochet then reverse crochet stitch to finish off the edge.

I don't remember the exact count on the ribbing but it was somewhere close to 1500 stitches...probably errant memory there, too! I did only the large section of ribbing.
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Originally Posted by JudyD View Post
In looking at your shawl I knew it looked different from the one I made. I thought I remembered ribbing at the beginning but in checking the photo my memory returns and I can see that I did a row of crochet then reverse crochet stitch to finish off the edge.

I don't remember the exact count on the ribbing but it was somewhere close to 1500 stitches...probably errant memory there, too! I did only the large section of ribbing.
Oh yes, you're probably quite close to 1500 stitches by the time you bind off! Because although we might begin the ruffle at 440+ stitches, every other row of the 4" ruffle adds 4 additional stitches! The 4 yarnover increases continue throughout the knitting of the ruffle as well!

Your white Mara is simply beautiful! It looks like it's larger than mine. Deeper from back neck to furthest point.

The Mara is easy to knit, no tricks or any special techniques, but it certainly does require patience and stick-to-it-iveness!

BTW, I didn't work that mysterious P2Tog bind off, did you? The instructions were very vague, and didn't give enough background for its necessity.
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