Maighdeann-ròin, the Seal Maiden by Nat Raedwulf
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Maighdeann-ròin, the Seal Maiden

Knitting
January 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
30 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1148 - 1258 yards (1050 - 1150 m)
One Size - 213 cm / 84” wingspan and 46 cm / 18” down the centre.
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This shawl is a homage to my Gaelic roots and a journey though the legends of the Maighdeann-ròin. Also known as a selkie, in Gaelic lore a Maighdeann-ròin is a seal maiden caught on land against her will and taken as a wife when her seal skin is stolen away from her and carefully hidden by her husband so that she may never return to her true home the sea. Caught between land and sea as though trapped in a net, she forever searches for her seal skin until one day years later her children reveal its location to her. She acts without
hesitation and immediately runs to the ocean shore, dons her skin and returns to the depths of the sea, forever after watching over her heartbroken human family from amidst the frothy white-capped churning ocean waves offshore.

Maighdeann-ròin is a three-colour, crescent-shaped shawl, worked from the top down,incorporating textures, stripes, lace short rows, and feather-and-fan waves, finished with a picot bind-off. This is a fun knit, with limitless colour combinations and constantly ever changing like the sea itself. A tribute to your own wild woman of the sea.

Requirements:
Fingering Weight Yarn. Colour A: 270 meters /295 yards, Colour B: 317 meters /346 yards, Colour C: 119 meters / 130 yards
Specific Yarn Used in Sample: 1 skein each of Sweet Fiber’s Super Sweet Sock, in Colour A: Fossil,
Colour B: Tea Leaves, Colour C: Vintage Lace.
Needles: 3.5 mm / US Size 4, 100 cm / 40” Circular needles.
Notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle, blocking tools.

Both charted and written instructions are provided.

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Photos by Ron Pogue Photography

A very big and grateful THANK YOU to my testers and tech editor Nicola from Tiny Island Textiles. My patterns would not be what they are without you lovely and talented people.