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The sound of guitars more or less defined my teens. From falling in love with the music of Nirvana and Oasis in the early 90s to boogieing to the Beatles, Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead, there was always a guitar playing something, somewhere; a little folk-gone-electric riff here, a searing guitar solo there. I devoured Kerouac's On The Road to try and grasp some of what inspired the music and attempted to learn to play myself. However, while I can strum a few chords, I'm better at knitting. So I decided to translate my love of guitar music into a shawl design. Unplugged is a classic crescent shape worked from the bottom up with guitar-shaped cabling on the lower half and stockinette stitch on the upper. Worked in a fingering weight, the shawl is a chord of three different colors. Where the colors change, they overlap in one-row stripes for several rows, which creates six lines, symbolizing the six strings of a guitar.

Please note: For knitters who have not worked one-row stripes before, the technique of working one-row stripes without having to cut the yarn is explained in the pattern notes.

SIZE: One size.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: Length along top AFTER BLOCKING: 61 inches or 155cm.
Depth from top edge to center of bottom edge AFTER BLOCKING: 15.5 inches or 39.5cm.
Depth from top edge on side edge AFTER BLOCKING: 8.5 inches or 21.5cm.

GAUGE: 16 sts/26 rows = 4 x 4" (10 x 10cm) in stockinette stitch AFTER BLOCKING.

MATERIALS: Fingering weight wool blend or 100% wool yarn, anounts as follows:
Color A: approximately 230 yards or 210m.
Color B: approximately 200 yards or 183m.
Color C: approximately 220 yards or 201m.
1 US #5/3.75mm circular needle of 29in (40cm) in length or longer or size needed to obtain gauge, 1 cable needle, 1 darning needle.

Color A: Knit Picks Palette [100% wool; 231yd/211m per 50g skein]; color: Masala; 1 skein.
Color B: Knit Picks Palette [100% wool; 231yd/211m per 50g skein]; color: Turmeric; 1 skein.
Color C: Knit Picks Palette [100% wool; 231yd/211m per 50g skein]; color: Cornmeal; 1 skein.

© Linda Wilgus, 2008-2010