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Sionann

Knitting
September 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in reverse stocking stitch
US 3 - 3.25 mm
416 - 437 yards (380 - 400 m)
one size

Shawl design exclusive to Irish Tourism Workshop. Available only in kit form as part of the workshop.

The River Shannon was named after Sionann who was the granddaughter of Lir, the Celtic god of the sea.
Sionann went to Connla’s Well (a well of wisdom and knowledge) to eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge despite being warned not to approach it.
In this well lived the Salmon of Knowledge and nuts had fallen from nine magical hazel trees into the water.
The well is believed to be The Shannon Pot, the source of the River Shannon in County Leitrim.
After eating the nuts in the water, she became the wisest woman on Earth.
The well then burst forth, drowning Sionann and sweeping her out to sea.
The drowning of the goddess Sionann in the river is typical of Irish mythology and represents the dissolving of her divine power into the water, giving life to the land.

Triangular shape.
The shawl is knit sideways on a background of reverse stocking stitch.
A beaded lace edge is worked simultaneously as the shawl is shaped by increases to a centre point before decreasing.
On the opposite (top edge) a cable is worked as the shawl grows. Beads are added as you work with wire or a tiny crochet hook.
One skein (400 metres) of yarn is enough to complete this shawl.

One size, but easily adaptable to larger sizes by changing the number of repeats of chart 3 increases and mirroring decreases. Remember that you will need extra yarn if you wish to increase the size!