Marveng’s Milanese Shawl Pattern: A Review

MultnomahI recently finished the “Milanese Shawl” pattern by Linda Marveng and wore it on our day trip to see Oregon’s famed Multnomah Falls.  The falls were spectacular – as Milanese_shawl_finishedwas the Milanese Shawl.

If you visit Linda Marveng’s pattern page, you will see that she designed this shawl to be worn variously as a  scarf, shawl, wrap or shrug.  I’m not yet used to the colder weather here (cold at least compared to San Francisco!), so my (current) favorite way is to wrap the Milanese Shawl twice around my neck and then tie it in front.  (Very cosy.)

Of course, perhaps part of that is vanity; I have been told that the color closely matches my eyes.  🙂

Milanese_shawl_finished2The Milanese Shawl beautifully showcases Marveng’s skills in designing knitwear.  First, in choosing to use the Milanese lace stitch, Marveng selected an interesting true lace stitch (i.e., each row contains a lace pattern).  The Milanese lace pattern is a stitch pattern that is both asymmetrical and undulating and results in material that is palpably three dimensional.

The color variations in a hand-dyed yarn contribute to the undulating effect.  In fact, several times while knitting it in my favorite San Francisco espresso shop, ladies who stopped by my table to admire the shawl told me it reminded them of the San Francisco Bay.  The “watery” nature of it is, I believe, a combination of the stitch pattern, the yarn and the yarn color.

I knit it out of one of the yarns Marveng recommended – Cloud by Azula.  Cloud (80% washable Merino, 10% cashmere, and 10% nylon) is laceweight; a 100 gram skein contains 525m/575y.  The hand of this beautiful yarn combined with the stitch pattern chosen by Marveng created a garment that feels lush yet retains its three-dimensionality.  Do not block this lace shawl as you would most lace patterns.  Marveng recommends a light steaming; I concur.

ruffleNote that the shawl is edged with ruffles.  This adds an additional elegant element to the shawl and makes it stand out.  (I now think I’ve been lazy choosing to end scarves with nothing more than a basic scallop or picot edging!)

The written aspects of the pattern were also excellent.  Unlike some translated knitting patterns, Marveng’s English version is clear and contains both graph and row-by-row stitch instructions.  Her pattern instructions also provide website addresses for recommended yarn and buttons, a clear key to the abbreviations used, and the American and British versions of key knitting phrases.

In a time where too many people with not much more than basic knitting skills and a computer post patterns for their projects, the Milanese Shawl evidences its creator’s design knowledge and skills.  Kudos to Linda Marveng.

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11 Responses to Marveng’s Milanese Shawl Pattern: A Review

  1. Pingback: Milanese Shawl by Gjertrud Louise Tretteteig | Linda Marveng

  2. No, I haven’t. I’ll take a peek at it! Thanks!


  3. Curls & Q says:

    Q- beautiful! Will have to add to my library. 😎 Have you seen the free Multnomah Shawl pattern by Kate Ray on Ravelry?


  4. I am envisioning ruffles on several future projects! 🙂



  5. cleo14 says:

    I’ve never knit ruffles before. I might have to try it.


  6. Indeed! Great design and yarn combination!



  7. Me too … I now must knit something with ruffles for my granddaughter!



  8. It is an incredible shawl/wrap/shrug/scarf! And it came in handy at the falls … The winds were whistling down the Columbia River Gorge so I wrapped the scarf around my face – almost to my hat! 🙂



  9. cleo14 says:

    I love the ruffles! So pretty.


  10. Your shawl looks stunning and the color divine! The Multnomah Falls look incredible! I am enchanted with your review and blushing! Thank you so much, Karen!


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