Gingko Shoulderette by Maggie Magali

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A few days ago, while I was perusing my Ravelry queue, I noticed how I kept on clicking back to one particular shawl.

This gorgeous shawl called "Gingko Shoulderette", would again and again call my name and I just couldn't keep my eyes off of it. There was something about it... something so... well balanced and serene. At first, I couldn't put my finger on it, but then I remembered how I felt the same way whenever I would lay my eyes on Tibetan Thangka paintings and Tibetan Mandala art: balanced and serene and utterly magical...

Designer Maggie Magali

Designer Maggie Magali from Auckland, New Zealand generously shares her fantastic Gingko Shoulderette on her blog Fragrant Heart Creations.

Maggie's mother is a meditation teacher who shares her guidance for free online at Fragrant Heart. One day Maggie was knitting and listening to one of her mother's audio meditations and it inspired her that perhaps other would enjoy this too.

To complement her mother's work, Maggie decided to start a blog at Fragrant Heart. In this blog, Maggie shares her projects and patterns and she writes wonderfully about how crafting and meditation interweave. I highly recommend Maggie's article "The Meditative Art of Craft".

After reading what Maggie was all about, I even fell more in love with the Gingko Shoulderette.

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Knowing that such a kind hearted and serene being created the project I have chosen to knit, makes my project more special.

Leafy pattern border

What immediately attracted me in the Gingko Shoulderette is the leafy pattern border. Especially the bind off section in the middle part, makes my heart leap of joy. How gracious it is... 

This shawl has a classical triangular top down construction; one starts at the top and increases are made at the centre and sides of the shawl thus making it grow evenly.

What makes this shawl also special, is that the leaf patterns on either side of the centre stitch are mirrored! Usually, the patterning on either side of the centre stitch are identical: You work the pattern to centre stitch, then you repeat that same pattern.

Because Maggie mirrored the patterning, it brings grace and  serene balance to the design. 

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Read all about what inspired Maggie to create this wonderful shawl on her blog where she shares this pattern for free! 

Thank you so much Maggie, you are too kind for us...

My rendition of the Gingko Shoulderette

I finished my Gingko Shoulderette in three days and it is now blocking as I am writing this blog post. I used Anzula handpainted yarn called Sebastian, a fingering superwash merino/seacell blend.

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This design has patterning both on the wrong and the right side, so at times you really have to pay close attention.

Also, I think the ending patterning row 33 is really spectacular. I cannot explain why, I just felt it was so ingenious. 

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I worked the whole shawl with needle size US6. At the very last row, you change to bigger needles (US 8) and then you bind off with even bigger needles (US10). It makes for a fantastic stretchy bind off and look at how beautiful the edges are...

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Again, knowing that such a kind hearted being created this design, made it even more special to me to knit my Gingko Shoulderette.

I bow before you in awe and gratefulness, Maggie Magali... May peace be with you.

Thank you for reading and until the next entry!

Pictures of yellow Gingko Shoulderette courtesy of Maggie Magali.

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