Tir na nÓg shawl by Ciara Ní Reachtnín

Tir na nÓg shawl

October 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in St st on 3mm needles
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
700 yards (640 m)
S (M, L)
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Inspired by Celtic mythology, this shawl features a cable motif and is shaped using short rows so it sits nicely around the shoulders.
The shawl design is inspired by old Irish myths and legends, the tales of Fionn Mac Cumhaill and the the Fianna. In Irish folk lore, Tír na nÓg is best known for the tale of Niamh Cinn Ór and Oisín, the son of the warrior Fionn Mac Cumhaill. In the legend, Oisín and Niamh of Tír na nÓg fall in love. She brings him across the sea to Tír na nÓg on a magical white horse that can travel over water. After spending three years in the land of eternal youth, Oisín becomes homesick and wishes to return to Ireland. Niamh reluctantly allows him return across the sea on her magical horse, but forewarns him never to touch the Irish soil. When he returns, he finds that in reality three hundred years have passed in Ireland. While helping some men, move a rock, Oisín falls from the horse and instantly transforms into an ancient man. He wanders around Ireland for years and eventually encounters St. Patrick and tells him his tale. He dies without ever returning to Tír na nÓg.

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