Pania of the Reef by handmade by SMINÉ
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Pania of the Reef

Knitting
March 2016
DK (11 wpi) ?
3.5 stitches and 5.5 rows = 1 inch
in stocking stitch
US 9 - 5.5 mm
480 yards (439 m)
one size
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this shawl is designed for two 100g skeins of DK where the darker one at least, is a gradient. however, you can of course knit it on 4ply or any other weight, adjusting needle size to suit - and you can knit it as large as you like. you can also knit it in a single colour or a single gradient - the choice is all yours!

there will only be 4 ends to sew in, if it is knit as written (and your yarn has no joins in the skein). however you may wish to cut the yarn at each change and sew in the additional ends, if you don’t like the effect of carrying the unused colour up the edge.

the shape is a slightly curved asymmetric triangle.


Pania of the Reef is named for a traditional New Zealand Maori legend.

In Maori tradition, a legend is similar to a European fairy tale: origin stories used to explain natural phenomena; or tales of long-dead ancestors and gods with mythical powers.

In this legend, Pania (pronounced like “Narnia” without the R) is a beautiful sea-maiden who lived near the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island. While swimming in the tidal rivers she met and fell in love with a chief’s son, named Karitoki; and they married.

But every morning she had to return to the sea and remain there until evening or she would die. Her new husband wished to keep her with him, because, since she was absent during the day, no one believed his tales of his beautiful wife. He discovered that if she ate any cooked food, she would be unable to return to the sea.

He plotted to feed her a bite one morning before she woke, but the morepork owl warned her and in fear of her life she escaped back to the sea. Her people took her down to the depths and to keep her from returning to her husband, Moana-nui-a-kiwa (the lord of the sea) turned her into a reef made of stone.

This stone reef exists just offshore of the city of Napier, in the Hawkes Bay region. A bronze statue commemorating Pania can be visited in Napier.

The shawl was named for Pania because the textured pale sections over the gradient resemble foamy waves breaking over an underwater reef, from deep water to the shallows.