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Mermaid's Song

The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits, Special Issue 2013
Knitting
July 2013
Lace / 2 ply ?
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch, unblocked
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
390 - 410 yards (357 - 375 m)
18" deep x 51" wide

This shawl is inspired by the mysterious world of mermaids so vividly imagined in Harry Potter: The Goblet of Fire.

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 from Earthfaire.com). 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 and the shawl is shaped into a crescent with a set of simple stockinette short rows.

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.

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