This is a work of love. It is fairly time - consuming to knit a lace scarf, but oh what joy and pride goes into the wearing! This is my summer wardrobe staple - it makes everything I wear it look great. Do use a lovely linen blend - it adds to the texture and drape, and the design appears crisp and luxurious with a natural sheen. GAUGE 30sts and 42 rows = 10cm in 2.5mm needles. Because this is not a 'fitted' product, the gauge can vary a little ( one or two stitches either way won't detract ). Just make sure that the needle size does not obscure the lace pattern by being too big or too small. You know what I mean! SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS This shawl is approximately 1.7m wide. Of course, you can make it smaller by casting off sooner, if it is a beautiful neckscarf that you want instead.