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Lorelei's Looking Glass

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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 fingering-weight 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: Louisiana Yarn Guys Tremé Sock (80% Superwash Merino, 20% Nylon; 400 yds/366 m per 100g skein), one skein Devious Mermaid and one skein natural, or two skeins of fingering weight or sock yarn in highly-contrasting colors.

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

Finished Measurements:

Length: 21 ½” (55 cm) at longest point

Wingspan: 49” (124 cm) at widest point

Top edge: 58” (147 cm) along top curved edge
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