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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. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knit, purl, yarn overs, decreases GAUGE 24 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in in pattern, blocked SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS radius: 69 cm (27 in) SUGGESTED YARN 700 yards of Lace weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Mithril (the Verdant Gryphon) COLORWAY Comedia

Supplies Needed

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

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Knit & Knag Designs
I'm originally from the west coast of Sweden, but have traded the rugged cliffs of Bohuslän for the Canadian wilderness. I'm is located in the rural parts of Ottawa and spend most of my summers knitting by Burridge Lake. I've 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. I've published 3 books with Cooperative Press; Mystic Shawls (2014), Ancient Egypt in Lace and Color (2012), and Shaping Shawls (2011). I've also self-published 2 e-books; Fairy Tale Lace (2013) and Seven Fingerless Mittens (2011), and my work has been included in a number of other books. Additionally I always seem to have KALs on the go - and take on new projects and challenges all the time. Knitting is about having fun for me, and I love exploring new techniques, textures and colours.