Lorelei’s Looking Glass Shawl KnitKit
When I envisioned this shawl, I imagined the legendary mermaid, Lorelei, gazing out across the surface of her pool; when the water is still, she can see her reflection, but with the lightest stirring of wind, the water ripples and the reflection begins to mirror a thousand separate facets of sunlight. The patterns of the light change as it plays across the moving water, sometimes almost still and sometimes dancing across its dappled surface.
Lorelei’s Looking Glass mimics this rippling reflection with garter stripes and slip-stitch motifs in a vortex-shaped shawl with a gentle curve that might remind you of a mermaid’s tail — but which also serves the very practical purpose of keeping the shawl snug around your shoulders. It is knit with two skeins of yarn in highly contrasting colors, with an integrated I-cord edge that hides the contrasting color being carried up the sides.
You are purchasing a knitting pattern.
Difficulty Level: Advanced Beginner
Skills/Techniques Used: Integrated I-cord edging, I-cord bind off, slipped-stitch colorwork (Instructions provided)
Yarn: 4 skeins of Morehouse Merino 2-ply sport in 2 colors, one solid and one variegated
A few of Amy’s favorite pairings:
– FantaSea and Willow
– Mermaid and Plum
– SeaCoast and Robin’s Egg
– Three Poplars and Oatmeal
– Sunflower and Zest
– Peacock and Light Grey
Needles: #6 US (4.0 mm) for knitting flat or needles to obtain gauge
Notions: 2 stitch markers, tapestry needle, scissors
Gauge: 18 stitches and 35 rows per 4”/10 cm in garter stitch, after blocking
Length: 21 ½” (55 cm) at longest point
Wingspan: 49” (124 cm) at widest point
Top edge: 58” (147 cm) along top curved edge
Shawl pictures by Amy Snell the Devious Knitter