Marzanna Shawl by Nat Raedwulf

Marzanna Shawl

May 2022
Light Fingering ?
20 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in Body Pattern
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1859 - 2133 yards (1700 - 1950 m)
Each panel is a depth of 76 cm/ 30”. Side panels have a bottom width of 148 cm/ 58” and the back panel as a bottom width of 150 cm/ 59”

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Please note there is also a Marzanna Triangle shawl version. You can purchase both versions as a bundle for $10 simply by adding both of them to your cart at the same time.

Marzanna is a 3/4th shawl knit during the coldest winter I’ve ever experienced on my wee island. Named after the Slavic goddess of Winter, life cycles, and fertility, this shawl is also a nod to my Polish ancestry. Marzanna is said to represent the various transitions of mortal life and of death leading to rebirth. It is her death each Spring that allows for the birth of Lada, her Spring incarnation. The cycle of Marzanna and Lada remind us that you cannot have birth without death, cycles of light must also come with dark. I was reminded during the bitter cold, that this time also brought quiet time for knitting this meditative piece and cozy moments.

The 3/4th shawl enveloping shape is perfect for staving off the winter chill… though I find I’ve been using her quite frequently at the beach and on the porch as well during the summer evenings. I love this shape so much, I often wear my 3/4th shawl in place of a sweater outside or a blanket when I am inside. I particularly love the way it hangs and layers when the shawl corners are tossed over the shoulder.

Yarn: Fingering weight yarn, MC: 194/812 meters/891 yards | CC1: 91 /382 meters/ 417 yards | CC2: 180 g/ 753 meters/ 823 yards
Specific Yarn Used in Sample: Brook Farm Fingering, (MC) 2 skeins of colourway #12 (CC1) 1 skein of colourway #04, (CC2) 2 Skeins of colourway #03

Needles: 4 mm / Size US 6 circular needles at least 36” long or more. The more length the better. 4 mm/ Size US 6 dpn for knit-on edge (optional)

Notions: Stitch Marker, blocking tools and tapestry needle.
Gauge: 20 sts x 34 rows in Body pattern (blocked)
Finished Measurements: Each panel is a depth of 76 cm/ 30”. Side panels have a bottom width of 148 cm/ 58” and the back panel as a bottom width of 150 cm/ 59”


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  • Yardage for this pattern can vary greatly if blocked gauge or yarn choice varies from the original design. Please keep that in mind and consider swatching prior to knitting to avoid disappointment.

  • I use the long-tail cast-on method but you can use the CO method of your choice.

  • For the striped body portion, be sure to carry the yarn you are not currently working up the side with the working yarn for neat edges.