The Mermaids' Garden Shawl by Lena Mathisson

The Mermaids' Garden Shawl

by Lena Mathisson
May 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
750 - 800 yards (686 - 732 m)
One size
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Take a trip under the sea with the Mermaids’ Garden shawl!

The Mermaids’ Garden is an asymmetrical (bias) triangle shawl - some people call this shape “boomerang.” The shawl has a variety of stitch designs including textured and openwork patterns. The stitch patterns have short repeats that are easy to catch onto, and each one is fully explained in the instructions.

This pattern is also available in German! Many thanks to Sabine Prehn (Sabpre) for offering to do this translation!

Originally designed for a mystery knitalong, this shawl is now available as a standard pattern, but some of the MKAL fun remains. You’ll get the complete pattern and the story that goes along with it. Plus, the chat threads from the MKAL can still be found in the Softyarn Designs group. So you can drop in and see the discussion and the pictures of other knitters’ WIPs and finished shawls.

This shawl is a sequel to the Catching a Mermaid Shawl and Gift of the Mermaid shawl. You don’t have to have made those to enjoy this one, though!

Finished dimensions
The long edge of the shawl is approximately 76” / 190 cm, with the widest point approximately 28”/ 70 cm deep.

Yarn selection
The shawl requires two 100-gram skeins of fingering/sock yarn (both in the same colorway). The yarn used for the sample is a highly variegated yarn from Lofty Loops, “Bunny Slope,” which has a very mermaid-y feel, but this pattern will also look great in a solid or tonal yarn, which will allow you to see every detail of the stitches.

Skills to have (or enjoy learning) for this shawl
Knit, purl, k2tog/ p2tog, ssk, kfb/pfb, yo. The stitch patterns are clearly explained, with row-by-row instructions.

Thank you to the test knitters and to my tech editor who helped find any errors and ensure that this pattern is clearly written. Any residual errors are definitely not their fault but are entirely my own; if you find an error, or have questions about this pattern, please do not hesitate to message or email me; my email is in the pattern.