NOTE: This pattern was re-released in December 2014 with an additional size, recharted, and with the many errors in the written and charted instructions fixed. The free version remains online via Knotions but is no longer supported.
The scarf requires 325yds, and the stole requires 1000yds of DK-weight yarn. I recommend something with a nice drape, but I like the slinkiness of the bamboo in the sample!
This mesh scarf could have been used by a particularly glamorous water maiden (a German Nixe or Nixie) to snare passing fishermen and women. The basic stitch is based on Barbara Walker’s Mermaid Mesh, but with tendrils at the short sides that gently wave like seaweed. The light bamboo yarn lends a light crunchy softness perfect for warding off the cool breath of the night – or overactive air conditioning.
This pattern is worked lengthways; you will have more than 160 stitches on the needles at any given time. Circular needles are strongly recommended to accommodate this large number of stitches.
Tendrils are cast on at the beginning of their rows using the cable cast on method and then immediately bound off in knit.
ERRATA IN KNOTIONS PATTERN:
Row 3 of the written instructions should end “yo, k1, p2.”
Row 5 of the written instructions should start with “P2, k2tog” not “P1, p2tog.” The chart is correct.
Thanks to Stephannie Tallent for tech editing the re-released version!