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The Mermaid's Gift

Knitting
May 2011
Lace / 2 ply ?
16 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
470 yards (430 m)
One Size, 56 inch wingspan and 23 inch depth
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This pattern is available individually and as part of the Myths and Fairytales eBook.

In Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, mermaids live a long time, but they have no immortal soul, so upon their death they are turned into the foam and spray upon the waves. Still, the mermaid sacrifices herself for the Prince and her reward is being turned into a spirit and she may earn a soul by doing good deeds.

This half-circle shawl is also quite dramatic like the story! Beads glisten along the edge like the sun on the waves. Three different mesh patterns, in a soft and light yarn, float over your shoulders like sea foam.

This half-circle shaped shawl begins with a provisionally cast on garter stitch tab and is worked from the neck down. Increase rows are worked at varying intervals using a method based on Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Pi Shawl. The beaded edging is worked sideways and attached to the live stitches of
the shawl body. Both written and charted instructions are given. A photo tutorial for the edging and beading is linked
in the Edging section.

Additional Materials:
30 grams Size 6 (6/0 glass E) beads
Size 11 steel crochet hook for beading
Crochet hook and waste yarn for provisional cast on
Yarn needle
Stitch markers

Skill Level:
Intermediate

Thanks to my lovely tech editor Kate Vanover and my awesome test knitters!