Deirdre na nDólás Shawl by Ciara Ní Reachtnín
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Deirdre na nDólás Shawl

Knitting
May 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
25 stitches and 31 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
437 - 656 yards (400 - 600 m)
S,( M, L)
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One skein of yarn is enough to knit the small or medium size!

This shawl is from my Celtic mythology collection. Deirdre na nDólás or Deirdre of Sorrows was one of the most tragic women in Irish mythology. Her beauty and the havoc it would cause was foretold before her birth. A king would covet her, his rage and jealousy the cause of murder, destruction and war, and murder before finally destroying Deirdre herself, her lover and his family.

The Shawl is a crescent shape, beginning with a garter tab. As the shawl grows, the twisted yarn overs create two spines, leaving a bell shaped blank canvas for the Celtic knot work depicting a tormented or broken heart. When the motif is complete, stitches are cast on for the the knit on edge comprising of a braid, symbolizing Naoise and his two brothers, an intertwining circular cable representing the lovers, Naoise and Deirdre and a beaded lace edge symbolizes Deirdre’s tears of sorrow and grief