Arya's Needle by Lara Smoot

Arya's Needle

October 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Blocked in lace pattern.
US 5 - 3.75 mm
415 yards (379 m)
One size: 26" from tip to center of neck on each side, 30" from tip to edge of center panel on each side, 28" across center panel.
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Needle is a small, slender sword that Jon Snow had made by Mikken for Arya Stark before he went away to the Night’s Watch. The sword is suitable to Arya’s slight build and the style of fencing known as “water dancing” used by the bravos of Braavos. Arya named it Needle as an ironic reference to her hatred of needlework. She sometimes refers to her use of the sword as needlework. Eventually, Needle also comes to represent her previous life at Winterfell and symbolizes the happy childhood with her family, which she still yearns for.

Arya’s Needle is such a versatile pattern and can easily be knit with three different looks. The edging and center sections have the same number of stitches and can be interchanged if you would like. You could have a shawl with three swords, two swords and lace in the center only, or lace in all three sections. The choice is yours!