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Nacken Pattern


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Knitting: Nacken
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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details

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Women, Girls, Petite, Tall, Plus-sized



Skill Level:

medium skill level requirement Intermediate

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit, purl, yarn overs, decreases

Pattern Description:

In Scandinavian folklore, Nacken is a male water spirit who played enchanted songs on the violin, luring women and children to drown in lakes or streams. He was the unsurpassed master violinist, and musicians could learn from him.

Playing the violin like Nacken was not without risk, since the musician could become so enthralled by the music that he would be unable to stop playing until he lost his mind. The people listening would become ensorcelled by the tune that they neither could nor wanted to stop dancing. The only way to break the spell would be if someone there severed the violin strings with a knife.

The shawl is a top-down semicircular shawl. It contains stylized lily pads (Nackrosor - Nackens roses in Swedish) near the top which then are surrounded by softly lapping water, spreading in rings.


24 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in in pattern, blocked

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • radius: 69 cm (27 in)


  • 1 skein Mithril from the Verdant Gryphon (or similar)
  • US 6 (4.0 mm) knitting needles

Suggested yarn:

700 yards of Lace weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Mithril (the Verdant Gryphon)



About Designer

About Designer

Anna Dalvi on

I have always enjoyed improvising with my knitting. I began writing up my designs in 2007, and have published patterns since then - beginning with the Burridge Lake Aran Afghan and followed by the first lace shawl in the Mystic series - Mystic Waters. I love both cables and lace, and they show up in some way in most of my patterns.

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