Ryokō is the Japanese word for “travel.” The slightly asymmetrical Ryokō wrap features columns of eyelets that travel both upward toward the center and back downward away from it. The sections of garter ridges between these columns create two sets of steps: Along the top edge, the steps form a gentle, rolling edge, while a more pronounced path of steps travels down and back up along the bottom. Knit with a light fingering weight and a kid mohair/silk yarn held together, Ryokō will be a source of warmth and comfort along your journey, wherever it may lead.
The pattern has written instructions. There is both a version with some colored text as well as an all black and white version, depending on which is better for you to print.
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Yarn used in the sample: FDW Sunshine light fingering weight yarn in Snowy Owl, held together with FDW Floof mohair/silk laceweight in Wisp.
Approximately 60” (153 cm) long, approximately 18” (45.75 cm) deep at center, unblocked.
Blocking is optional for this wrap. My preference was to leave my sample (shown above) unblocked to maintain the squish factor of the garter stitch. Using the alternative YO method I describe in the pattern notes creates a more open yarn over that doesn’t require blocking to make the eyelet sections appear open. However, if you choose to block your wrap, as some test knitters did, you can expect your shawl to grown in length by up to 20%.
1 Skein Fibernymph Dye Works Sunshine, 100% Superwash Merino, light fingering weight, 490 yards (449 meters), or equivalent
1 Skein Fibernymph Dye Works Floof, 72% Kid Mohair/28% Silk, lace weight, 459 yards (420 meters), or equivalent
US 5 (3.75 mm) circular, 32” (82 cm) cord length (or desired length for you to comfortably accommodate maximum stitch count of 73 stitches)
16 stitches = 4” (10 cm) in garter stitch, unstretched/unblocked, both yarns held together.