Originally published in Knitting Wizardry, Susanna IC created a airy circular shawl fit for a mermaid. This shawl is inspired by the mysterious world of mermaids so vividly imagined in Harry Potter: The Goblet of Fire.
Come seek us where our voices sound,
we cannot sing above the ground,
and while you’re searching, ponder this,
we’ve taken what you’ll sorely miss.
An hour long you’ll have to look
to recover what we took,
an hour’s gone, the prospect’s black,
too late, it’s gone, it won’t come back.
The open lace along the bottom edge imitates the sinuous movement of underwater plants and the elongated beads glimmer and shine in sunlight much like water droplets (75 4x7mm magatama drop beads).
First, the deep border is knitted in one piece, side-to-side. The border mimics the movement and texture of waves by combining cables with lace. After the border is complete, stitches are picked up along the top edge (through slipped stitches) and the shawl is shaped into a crescent with a set of simple stockinette short rows (no wraps).
Pattern Kit includes pdf & printed pattern as well as selected yarn. Beads are not included. For Ball Winding services click here.
DESIGNER RECOMMENDED YARN: Helen's Lace by Larna's Laces (50% Wool / 50% Silk; 113g/1250 yds): 1 Skein. Shown in Cermak.
DESIGNER RECOMMENDED YARN: Silkpaca by Malabrigo (70% Baby Alpaca / 30% Silk; 50g/420yds): 1 Skein. Silky soft with the sheen of alpaca and silk. Amazing drape and warmth.
DESIGNER RECOMMENDED YARN: Lace by Malabrigo (100% Baby Merino Wool; 50g/470yds): 1 Skein. This is a staple laceweight yarn at a very affordable price. It does not show the sheen and glimmer of the original yarn, but is still recommended by the designer.
ALTERNATE YARN: Lace by Manos del Uruguay (70% Baby Alpaca / 25% Silk / 5% Cashmere; 50g/439yds): 1 Skein. Lusciously soft and very fluid with amazing drape and sheen.
NEEDLES: Size US 6 / 4mm 32" Circular Needle & Size US 7 / 4.5mm single needle for bind-off (optional) , or size needed to obtain gauge
OTHER TOOLS: Stitch markers, Size 14 / .75mm Crochet Hook (for placing beads), blocking wires and/or t-pins, tapestry needle & 75 magatama drop beads measuring 4mm x 7mm
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate to Advanced-short rows, beadwork
GAUGE: 19 sts x 28 rows = 4" in Stockinette Stitch on Smaller needles
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: 51" wingspan by 18" tall at centerline
YARDAGE: 390-410 yds