Guna by Meta van Essen
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June 2015
Any gauge - designed for any gauge ?
328 - 1640 yards (300 - 1500 m)
any size
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Includes both an SSK and a k2tog version (separate PDF files)

This pattern (both versions) has been tested in the Free Pattern Testers group. Thank you testers!

Guna is a shawl pattern that can be bound off after any (yes any) row. So you can use up an entire skein of yarn if you want. It can be made with any yarn and any gauge, but some needle size suggestions are given in the “tools & materials” section below. Because it can be made any size it is very suitable to use up hand spun yarn or to use every bit of those long gradient yarns. Or those highly variegated or gradient single skeins of yarn that look so pretty in the skein but are hard to find a pattern for.

Guna will enable you to make a warm quick shawl in worsted weight yarn with large needles or a drapey elegant shawl in lace weight with beads. Or anything in between.

Guna is suitable for the adventurous beginner, it contains only a few basic stitches (knit, purl, yarn over, and SSK). Besides the classic garter tab start the pattern also includes an easy peasy alternative start that only uses basic increases and no picking up stitches. This shawl is perfect as a first lace project.

Guna is also suitable for the experienced knitter looking for a zen knitting experience or some fun TV knitting. There are 3 different types of right side rows to work, so it is not boring, and there is the option to add beads to make it even more interesting.

Guna is fully written, but also includes an optional chart and the pattern includes an extensive tutorial on how to block this particular shawl shape as well.

Tools and Materials

  • For a decent size shawlette, you’ll need at least 250 meters (300 yards) of yarn in any weight.

  • Long circular knitting needles one or two sizes larger than the suggested ball band size. Suggested yarn weight/needle combinations: 3.5 mm (US 4) with lace weight, 4.0 mm (US 6) with fingering weight, 4.5 mm (US 7) with sport weight. If you want more drape, go up one or two more sizes.

  • A total of 7 stitch markers.

  • A tapestry needle to weave in ends.

  • A row counter is not strictly necessary but may help in the beginning of the shawl (pen and paper is an excellent row counter).

  • Blocking is required to give this shawl its final shape, so you will need a surface to block your shawl on and 9 blocking pins (for a more rounded bottom you’ll need more pins or blocking wires).

  • If you want to use beads, you will need a crochet hook, dental floss, or other tool to add beads to your knitting. How many beads you’ll need will depend on how large you make your shawl. I used a total of 119 size 6/0 beads for the pattern sample. With 200-300 beads you should be safe in most cases.