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eBook : 7 patterns

Fairy Tale Lace is a collection of 7 lace shawl patterns and the fairy tales that inspired the designs. Fairy tales are an endless source of inspiration, and have been used to amuse, teach, inspire, frighten and entertain all generations. It’s only in more recent times that fairy tales have been considered ‘stories for children’. Many of the traditional fairy tales contain elements targeted at an older audience. The patterns in this collection are: the Cheshire Cat (Alice in Wonderland), the Pied Piper, Six Pomegranate Seeds (Persephone in Greek Mythology), the Little Match Girl (H.C. Andersen), Star of Earth (a Chippewa tale), Gretel’s Shawl (Hansel and Gretel), and Rapunzel Infinity.

eBook : 7 patterns

I have recently become addicted to knitting fingerless mittens, because they are such a wonderful garment for exploring textures and colours - small enough to take anywhere, and the finished object can be worn and admired easily (unlike socks, which tend to hide in shoes).

Patterns available as Ravelry Downloads

Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Swirls of water, whirls in space
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Imagine the vast Ocean - rolling waves, thundering waves, and masses of water. It can be violent or entirely calm and peaceful, intimidating dark gray or brilliant turquoise. You could find yourself sailing on the surface of the ocean, or plunging deep down into its never-ending depths.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Vittran is a creature in Scandinavian Folklore. She looks like, dresses and lives like a human, and takes care of cows and goats. She is usually invisible, but sometimes humans can catch a glimpse of her. If you help her, you will likely get some kind of reward, but if you cross her, terrible things happen.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Mystic Supernova is a circular shawl inspired by the stellar explosions that are so bright they can outshine an entire galaxy.
Knitting: Cowl
Rapunzel Infinity is a completely reversible infinity scarf. It features lace and reversible cables, and is knit flat and grafted together at the end.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Hansel and Gretel is a German fairy tale, from the Grimm fairy tales. Hansel and Gretel are children in a starving family. Their stepmother convince their father to abandon the children in the forest. The children overhear the plan, and gather pebbles that they use to mark their way home. At night, when the moon and the stars are up, they return...
Knitting: Scarf
The Charles River Scarf is a reversible scarf with cables. The cables form a wave pattern reminiscent of the flowing water in the river that separates Boston from Cambridge.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
The Maple Leaf Touque is a hat that doubles as a scarf during the really cold winter days.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The Star of Earth is a Chippewa tale about a bright star traveling across the sky. She looked down on Earth and watched longingly as the children played. She wished to live on earth, so that she could enjoy its beauty. She first tried to live among the flowers of the prairie, but was afraid to get trampled by the buffalo. She then tried to live ...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The Little Match Girl is a story by Hans Christian Andersen from 1845. On a cold New Years Eve a poor girl goes out barefoot in the snow to sell matches. She is freezing, but is afraid to go home because her stepfather will beat her for not selling any matches.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Persephone was the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, the harvest goddess. Once while playing in a meadow, she was seized by Hades and carried off to the underworld as his bride. Demeter searched high and low, and refused to let the trees and plants grow while her daughter was missing. People were starving. Zeus finally forced Hades to return Perseph...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The Pied Piper of Hamelin (or the rat-catcher of Hameln, as it is known in German) is a fairy tale about the town Hameln which was infested by rats. A man in colourful clothing who claimed to be a rat catcher offered to help the town. He brought out his flute and all the rats follow him to the river, where they drown. The town refused to pay him...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The Cheshire Cat first appeared in A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tounge (1788) by Francis Grose, but was popularized as a fictional cat in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. It was originally used in the phrase “he grins like a Cheshire cat” which meant someone who shows his teeth and gums in laughing.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Mystic Delight was originally published as a mystery knitalong (Mystic KAL).
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Hugin and Munin are the two ravens that belong to the Norse god Odin. They fly all over the world, Midgard and Asgard, and return to Odin and tell him what they have seen.
Knitting: Cowl
The Midgard Serpent is a creature in Norse mythology. The giant snake surrounds Midgard (the world) holding in the great seas. It is so large it surrounds the world and bite its own tail.
Knitting: Cowl
The Rimfrost Cowl is a lacy cowl knit in aran weight yarn. The pattern is reminiscent of a frost formation, covering the cowl. The slight sparkle in the yarn adds to the look of glistening frost.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Trysil is a doubleknit shawl with traditional Norwegian stars/snowflakes.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
In Scandinavian folklore, Näcken is a male water spirit who played enchanted songs on the violin, luring women and children to drown in lakes or streams. He was the unsurpassed master violinist, and musicians could learn from him.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Have you ever found yourself staring into a fire, captivated by the dancing flames? There is nothing more mesmerizing than a bonfire during the summer evenings. The flames take a hold of your imagination like nothing else, and as you enjoy the fire in the cool summer nights, the warmth envelops you like a cozy shawl.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Ranrike is the old Norse name for what is now southeast Norway and Bohuslän (Sweden). The name comes from Rán, the Old Norse goddess of the sea, and refers to her kingdom. Ranrike is famous for its rocky landscape and granite cliffs.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
These fingerless gloves are designed to use variegated sock yarn, to allow the beauty of the yarn to shine through. They feature a patterned cuff with arrows symbolizing the speed of the moving water in the rapids, as well as a fitted thumb gusset.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
La Toupie is French for a spinning top. This whimsical design is a doubleknit triangular shawl, with spinning tops twirling out from the centre of the shawl.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Huldran, or Skogsrået is a seductive temptress in Scandinavian folklore. She is a beautiful woman who lives in the forests, and that tempt young men to follow her into the woods. Seen from the front, she is beautiful, but seen from the back, she has either a tail or a hollow back looking like a rotten tree trunk, depending on the story.
Knitting: Gloves, Fingerless Gloves
Riffle is the part of a stream where the flow is shallower and more turbulent. This riffle moves rapidly towards the centre in swirls, and narrows on the back of the hand.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
These fingerless gloves are designed to use variegated sock yarn, to allow the beauty of the yarn to shine through. They feature a scrunchy, slinky cuff and a fitted thumb gusset.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Njál’s Saga is one of the great Icelandic sagas, written in the 13th century. It’s a story of love and betrayal, honor and revenge.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
These fingerless gloves feature a fitted thumb gusset, and twisted cables. The understated cable starts at the cuff and runs up the back of the hand to the ring finger, decorating the glove like piped icing. The cuff has cabled ribbing all around.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Chandoba means moon in Marathi.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
These fingerless gloves feature a fitted thumb gusset, mock-cables, and twisted cables. The mock-cables start at the cuff and runs up the side of the thumb. In addition, there is a twisted cable motif on the back of the hand.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Of all the nights during the year, Midsummer’s Eve is the most magical and mystical. During that night, fairies dance and anything can happen. In Sweden, young girls pick seven different kinds of flowers in the hopes that they will dream of their true love.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
In the Norwegian folk song Jeg Lagde Meg (As I Lay Down), the singer finds out that his beloved is ill. He hurries to her side only to find that he has arrived too late and she has died. He then sings of his grief - no one has been loved more than she.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
She’s Like the Swallow is a well known folk song from the Maritimes (Canada) in which a fair maiden picks flowers for her beloved and he spurns her.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
These fingerless gloves feature a fitted thumb gusset, and Estonian lace patterns. Inspired by waves that spread across a pond or even an ocean, they take their name from Capillary waves, or ripples. The cuff has lace patterning all around.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
In the Swedish medieval ballad Havsfrun, Herr Olof rides to the realm of the Sea Witch. She welcomes him and says she’s been waiting for him for 15 years. She asks where he is from and where his fields are, and his parents and his beloved. He answers they are all in the king’s realm. The Sea Witch then offers him the clearest wine fr...
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
These fingerless mitts were designed to allow me to knit during my kids’ hockey practice without freezing my hands off in the cold arenas. Inspired by the marks on the ice created during ice dancing or even hockey.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
These fingerless gloves feature a fitted thumb gusset, and twisted Bavarian cables. Inspired by the majestic stalactite formations growing from cave ceilings and ending in a drop on the back of the hand. The cuff has cables all around.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves is a fairy tale from Arabian Nights.
Knitting: Scarf
Hrungnir was one of the giants from Jotunheim. On one visit to Aasgard, Hrungnir drank all the ale from Thor’s cups and then while he was drunk
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The Orchid View shawl is covered with orchid flowers and buds in an elegant lace design.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Princess Cottongrass (Prinsessan Tuvstarr och Älgen Skutt) is the second shawl in a set of three shawls released as part of the Fairy Tale KAL (following Marushka). Princess Cottongras is a Swedish Fairy Tale about a Princess who has never left the dream castle before. She meets Long-Leg Leap, the elk, and he takes her out to see the world. In t...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
ShaShaShawl is a heart-shaped shawl with clean and crisp lines.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Marushka is a Russian Fairy Tale about a girl sent out in the middle of winter, through the deep snow to fetch violets, strawberries and apples for her wicked step-sister. With the help of the twelve kings ruling over the months she succeeds. When the step-sister tries to force the kings to give her more apples, King December buries her in snow.
Knitting: Scarf
Jelling is located in Denmark, and is famous for its rune stones, grave mounds and for being the place in which Denmark became a Christian country. The larger rune stone was erected by King Harald in memory of his father, celebrating his conquest of Denmark and Norway, and his conversion of the Danes to Christianity. This scarf contains the firs...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Tanumshede is known for its Bronze age rock carvings, with various motifs featuring longships, animals and people. These were carved into the granite rocks 1800-500BC. There are close to 1500 known rock carvings in the area, and more are being discovered.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
L’Anse Aux Meadows is located in Newfoundland, and there are remains from a Norse settlement – the only one in North America. It is thought to be the site referred to as Vinland in the Icelandic Sagas. Vinland was established by Leif Ericsson around 1003, and the Vikings were settled there for a few years until they returned to Iceland.
Knitting: Cardigan
The Spelunking Cardigan is a waist-length lacy cardigan, featuring a lace edging along the bottom edge and on the sleeve cuffs.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Urðr is the third shawl in a series of three shawls on the theme of the three Norns (Urðr, Verðandi and Skuld) in Norse mythology. They determine the fate of all living creatures by spinning the threads of life. And they water Yggdrasil – the tree of life – so the branches do not dry out or rot.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Verðandi is the second shawl in a series of three shawls on the theme of the three Norns (Urðr, Verðandi and Skuld) in Norse mythology. They determine the fate of all living creatures by spinning the threads of life. And they water Yggdrasil – the tree of life – so the branches do not dry out or rot.
Knitting: Cardigan
The Cayuga Cardigan is a half-length lacy cardigan, featuring a cathedral lace edging along the bottom edge and on the sleeve cuffs.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Eyjafjallajökull Shawl is a circular shawl inspired by the Icelandic Volcano.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Skuld is the first shawl in a series of three shawls on the theme of the three Norns (Urðr, Verðandi and Skuld) in Norse mythology. The determine the fate of all living creatures by spinning the threads of life. And they water Yggdrasil – the tree of life – so the branches do not dry out or rot.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Black lace and a romantic fire, and perhaps two glasses of sparkling champagne?
Knitting: Scarf
Double-knit scarf in geometric pattern inspired by the designs on Turkish tiles. The scarf is named after the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, which is filled with amazing tile designs.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Star light, star bright,
Knitting: Pullover
The Vancouver Sweater was designed and knit during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. The sweater was inspired by the relaxed look of the crowds.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
They say “Diamonds are Forever” - so I chose diamonds as a theme for this stole to symbolize everlasting love. To me, the glistening diamonds also mean beauty in the way they reflect the light.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
As the nights get longer and darker, the need for bright colours becomes greater.
Knitting: Poncho
The Liljekonvalj Poncho is a lightweight, airy poncho with floral motifs.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This rectangular stole draws its inspiration from the burning embers in the cozy fires we enjoy during the fall season.
Knitting: Scarf
The Stained Glass Lace Scarf is inspired by stained glass windows in the St. Pierre Cathedral in Geneva,
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The Call of the Sirens lace stole draws on the Greek myths about the Sirens. The Sirens’ calls could bewitch sailors to make them forget who they were and and where they were going. Often the Sirens caused them to forget to navigate their ships and the ships would be wrecked against the rocky shore.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This square shawl is the fourth shawl in the Mystic Elements series (following Mystic Waters, Mystic Light and Mystic Earth). Mystic Air draws its inspiration from the heavens above and the air that we breathe.
Knitting: Scarf
A lace shawl to dress up for any occasion.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Mystic Roses is a triangular shawl inspired by roses of every hue.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The Riverside Wrap takes its inspiration from the flowing rivers and the shells on the shore.
Knitting: Scarf
The Ironwrought Scarf is inspired by old iron wrought gates and fences. It’s a warm, yet light and lacy scarf that will make you feel dressed up any day of the week.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Mystic Star is a circular shawl which draws its inspiration from the starry night sky.
Knitting: Scarf
A lacy scarf to remind us of the warmer weather during the long winter months.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This shawl draws its inspiration from winter, and in particular the breathtaking icicles found during the early and late parts of winter.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This rectangular stole is the third shawl in the Mystic Elements series (following Mystic Waters and Mystic Light). Mystic Earth draws its inspiration from the solid earth beneath our feet. Its constant presence, and its ever changing seasons.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This rectangular stole draws its inspiration from the flowering midsummer meadows with colourful flowers of every hue.
Knitting: Scarf
The Thistle Scarf is a Lace scarf knit using 2 skeins (44 g) of Luxurious Buffalo Down (100% Buffalo, 155-160 yds per 22 g) from Cottage Craft Angora. The yarn is a natural, chocolate brown and incredibly soft.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The Luscious Forests Lace Shawl incorporates both lace and cables into a large shawl, knit using 200 g (500 m) Lady Godiva (50% wool/50% silk) from Handmaiden.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This triangular shawl draws its inspiration from light in its many forms.
Knitting: Cuffs
This is the gauge swatch for the Mystic Light Shawl.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The Sumac Leaf Shawl is knit from the top down.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
A warm wintershawl in 100% baby alpaca.
Knitting: Pixie Hat
A warm winter touque (=Canadian for hat)
Knitting: Throw
The Burridge Lake Aran Afghan is designed to be a classic Aran afghan, and perfectly symmetrical. The center panel is symmetrical within itself, and the two side panels are mirror images of each other.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Have you ever found yourself staring into a deep ocean pondering the mysteries beneath the surface?