FO: Marin

I have a couple of finished pieces to show off, but only one with photos so far.


This is Marin, which came out really well. I used fingering-weight yarn instead of sport-weight yarn, so it’s a bit smaller than intended for the pattern, but it’s still a nice size.

Because of the garter stitch and the short rows, it looks very small before it’s blocked. I should have taken measurements before and after, just for fun.

I really like the shape and the clever design. It’s totally reversible, so you don’t need to worry about which side is the right side. I would seriously consider making another one, using DK or even worsted-weight yarn for a larger shawl.

As I mentioned in my previous Marin post, I found the instructions a bit difficult to follow, and ended up charting the points and rewriting the pattern a bit differently for my own use. The original pattern is 6 pages, and does include charts (plus complete written instructions), but the charts are just for the scalloped edging. Because of the short rows, it’s not really something that can be completely charted out in full. Whether you’re using the charts or the written directions for the charts, you have to jump back and forth between pages a bit to follow the body instructions and then the chart – so even if you use just the written instructions, it’s still not a line-by-line pattern.

However, the actual knitting of it is not difficult. Once you figure out how it goes together, you really don’t even need to look at either the instructions or the charts for long stretches of knitting. Once I got past the first repeat, the rest pretty much flew. If you like the design, don’t be put off by any pattern complaints and give it a try. Just take it a little at a time.


Pattern: Marin by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: madelinetosh tosh merino light, 1 skein
Needles: US 5/3.75mm

Modifications: When doing the M1s, I did either a make-one-knit or make-one-purl, depending on whether the stitch would normally be a knit or purl.

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8 Responses to FO: Marin

  1. zeneedle says:

    Your Marin is very lovely and the yarn is soft and beautiful. Not a bad choice considering the size turned out to be wearable. Thank you for all your help with the pattern. Because of your extra work I’ll be able to knit my own.

  2. kitten says:

    Pretty! I’m still struggling with atalanta (mostly due to my inability to count) so I think Marin won’t be on my list for a while…

  3. Monica says:

    Pretty!! I’ve been waiting for this post. Yours turned out great!

  4. Cookie says:

    It’s lovely! I think it’s a wonderful size for you. Some patterns are more of a challenge than others. I’m so glad you stuck with it. I think it was worth the work.

  5. (Not That) Joan says:

    It’s lovely! And the color you chose really showcases the shaping and cabling details. I’m intrigued enough to want to cast on right away (not a good idea… not a good idea).

  6. Stacey says:

    I agree with everyone! Loverly! I love the cute little things she comes up with. I’ve lost that loving feeling for triangle shawls and these little nuggets of sharfs often fit the bill.

  7. jill says:

    I love the sculpting. So interesting to look at. I had a Ysolda shawl I knit a while ago and struggled and struggled with the pattern – though I believe my brain to be the issue. I never really liked it and have it in my frog pile to re-purpose into booties. YOURS, however, is marvelous!

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