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Melisandre's Flames


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"The night is dark, and full of terrors." Melisandre, the Red Priestess from Asshai, is Stannis' sorceress adviser. She claims to see the prophecies of the Lord Of Light in flames, and has converted the stoic Stannis to her religion. She gives him information to help his cause, to claim his rightful seat on the throne in Westros. Melisandre reminds me of a beautiful snake. Her body language from the R.R. Martin books is very sensual, slinky. She has an almost hypnotic power over those that come in contact with her, or she inspires fear and distrust in those who worship the old gods or the gods of the Seven. So, with this in mind, and the fact that Melisandre burns with an inner fire, I wanted a stitch pattern that is reminiscent of flickering, twisting flames, yet a little bit lacy hinting at her seductiveness. NOTE: this pattern has both written and charted instructions. The fabric, due to the yo and decreases will look slightly different than the chart. This is expected. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY yo- yarn over needle ssk- slip, slip, and knit slipped stitches together Knit in the round, kitchener stitch, k2tog- knit 2 stitches together p2tog- purl 2 stitches together GAUGE 30 sts x 46 rows = 4" x 4" in stockinette stitch in the round unstretched. 56 sts x 48 rows = 4" x 4" in pattern stitch in the round unstretched. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS sizes s-m and m-l included in pattern SUGGESTED YARN 400 yards of Fingering weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Cascade Yarns Heritage Paints COLORWAY Dark Sunset

Recommended with this pattern

  • US 1.5 (2.50mm) circular or set of double pointed needles.
  • 2 stitch markers
  • tapestry needle

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I'm a knitwear designer living in the beautiful East Coast province of New Brunswick, Canada. I started knitting as a small child and the thrill of creating with sticks and string still has the power to make me forget laundry and such chores. When not in my studio, you can find me petting skeins at my local yarn shop.