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Nereides

Jacquelyn Jefferies Knitting Designs
Magknits, July 2007
Knitting
Aran / Worsted ?
20 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in stockinette
US 10 - 6.0 mm
600 - 750 yards (549 - 686 m)
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The Nereides were fifty beautiful sea nymphs said to dwell in a silvery cavern at the bottom of the Aegean Sea. These shape shifting goddesses had in their care the sea’s rich bounty and individually they also represented various facets of the sea, from salty brine, to foam, sand, rocky shores, waves and currents. They were said to wear shawls while on land that if captured gave the holder dominion over them.

A sea foam lace pattern makes up the body of the wrap and shows off the thick and thin nature of the silk hand spun yarn while echoing the swell of waves. It is bordered on each end with eyelets on a garter stitch bed (suitable for lacing or adding tassels). The sheen of the silk and subtle color of the yarn reflects the many aspects of the sea. An eclectic fringe studded with multicoloured glass pearls add a nice touch and make this stole equally perfect for a walk on the beach or a night on the town.

Yarn substitutes:
The sea-foam lace pattern lends itself beautifully to any thick and thin yarn. This would be a great pattern for displaying your own hand spun yarn.

Silk/silk-blend substitutes: Great Adirondack Yarn Company- Hand spun silk or Silk Delight, Pearl Drops Stargazer by Fiesta Yarns, or Sari silk

Wool/wool blends: Colinette Point 5 or Shimmer 5, Debbie Bliss Soho, Cherry Tree Hill Mohair Thick & Thin, Malabrigo Gruesa, Cascade di ve Fiamma

For more information on the Softee Silk yarn used here contact deborah@spincityyarns.com or visit www.spincityyarns.com

Gauge is really not crucial for this project. The yarn used varied in thickness from super thin lace weight to super bulky, but worked up to DK-worsted (19-20 sts) range in stockinette stitch