Emily Ross' "Haruni" is one of the most knit shawl pattern designs on Ravelry. Meaning 'grandmother' in Tolkien's elven language, it's a delightful lace fern pattern ending with a bountiful display of full leaf edging. Luscious in Elann's Peruvian Baby Cashmere seen here, a blend of wool, alpaca, and cashmere, the free pattern can easily be adjusted by adding or subtracting repeats of the first chart. And with Elann's super affordable yarn at $3.75 per skein, this larger cashmere blend shawl, knitted by Fiona Yang, can be had for less than $32.00.
Haruni is knit top-down, starting with just three provisional cast-on stitches. Composed of two triangles with a single spine stitch down the center to create one beautiful triangle scarf or shawl. The original knitting pattern ends with a crochet bind-off, but has been revised just this past month with a crochet hook-free method, using your knitting needles instead.
Emily used a skein and a quarter of Knit Pick's Stroll Solids to knit her original shawl design with finished measurement of 23 inches deep by 45 inches wide. Fiona added two extra 40-stitch repeats on either side of the shawl for a finished measurement of 60 inches wide and 30 inch depth. Ross also notes that any gauge of yarn can be used for Haruni, but consideration must be given for yardages when using a larger needle size. Gorgeous for a bride or wedding guest, so useful year round.
But the real beauty of this free pattern is that it is available in many different languages. Translations are in Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, and even one for the visually impaired.
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