I recently finished knitting my Midori Shawl! As I have discovered more and more about myself as a knitter, I have learned that I love knitting shawls and wraps. They’re mini blankets that you can throw over your lap as you knit, making them an all-around cozy experience to work up. I had my eye on this pattern for a couple months and finally broke down and purchased the yarn in July 2020. After receiving my yarn, I started working on this and finished in mid-August 2020. I am so excited to wrap up in this as the temps start to drop and the autumn air arrives.
One of the main attractions to this pattern for me was the simple scarf-like shape. I have one other rectangular wrap that I’ve made, but I wanted a neutral, rectangular wrap for all seasons and outfits. I can imagine wrapping up in this during a chilly ocean-side evening just as easily as coiling my shawl like a scarf around my neck under a coat in the middle of winter. This is truly a versatile and comforting piece, no matter how one styles it.
I found the pattern to be easy to follow, and better yet, easy to memorize. The 8 row lace stitch repeat can easily be adapted to a wider or longer scarf, if desired. I found the instructions to be very clear. The pattern writer provides both written and chart instructions to cater to your preferred pattern type. The pattern can be found on Ravelry for free, and there is a kit available too from Eweknit’s website. (As a bonus, Eweknit is having a sale through the end of August!)
The yarn listed in the pattern comes in twenty colorways. I used three complete skeins of No. 3510 Butter Cream for mine. This is certainly the most expensive yarn I have used for a project. However, I thought the price was totally warranted; this yarn feels super luxurious and the price accurately reflects its impeccable quality. This yarn is 55% baby alpaca and 45% fine merino wool. Talk about soft and squishy! If you are interested in yarn substitutions for this project, here is a good list!
My finished Midori Shawl measure 70 inches long and just over 15 inches wide. I used Knitters Pride Symfonie Dreamz size 9 circular needles. They are my all-time favorite needles. I blocked this flat for 24 hours, initially soaking it in about one teaspoon of lavender Eucalan to one gallon of water. (The lavender Eucalan helps to combat the polarizing wet wool smell.)
I hope you give this one a try. I found it to be a relaxing knit and the finished project is such a rewarding and cozy piece. Happy knitting!