Originally Published November 2, 2015
This Week's Inspiration!
The Mara Shawl is a simple garter-stitch triangle shawl worked from the top down and trimmed with a pleated border. This flexible pattern can be worked larger for a full-sized shawl or smaller for a petite shawlette. It's the perfect companion on a cool spring evening or layered under a winter coat for fall.
Our sample is knit in Rios from Malabrigo in the Volcan colorway which instantly puts us in mind of the beautiful fall foliage that surrounds us right now. Rios is a worsted weight merino superwash yarn from Malabrigo that retains the signature softness of Malabrigo Worsted, but is also machine washable so you don't have to worry about felting! Available in many of your favorite Malabrigo colorways, Rios is a versatile and durable yarn you can use for just about any project.
If the variegated color version isn't quite your thing, we also suggest Windham from Jill Draper Makes Stuff. This yarn is a soft, squishy 4 ply Merino wool, made in the US exclusively for Jill Draper Makes Stuff. It’s great for kids or picky wool wearers -- spongy and super soft -- but keep in mind that it's not superwash treated, so will need to be handwashed in cool water.
That's a Wrap! A Big, Cozy Wrap!
Aureola is a big, cozy modern wrap from one of our favorite designers, Janina Kallio. We've shared many of her wonderful patterns with you in the past and this new one will not disappoint. With squishy garter stitch, airy, graphic dropped stitches and a highly wearable crescent shape, Aureola is an easy and relaxing knit.
Our sample is knit with Fine Donegal from Debbie Bliss. A luxurious fine tweed with generous yardage, Fine Donegal from Debbie Bliss is bound to be your go-to yarn this fall! This rich blend of merino wool and cashmere is available in warm, sophisticated colors, features 415 yards per skein, and is perfect for everything from shawls and mitts to pullovers and jackets.
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