The Mermaid


This shawl is an asymmetric cornucopia-shaped shawl. The body is worked in garter stitch with stripes alternating the two colors, and the border is crocheted in arcade stitch using just the main color. The simple garter stitch makes for a quick knit body and the crochet border adds a bit of fun to the process! This shawl was inspired by the folk ballad “The Mermaid”, which tells the tale of a ship wrecked during a storm after the captain spots a mermaid in the water, as mermaids were viewed as a sign of imminent disaster. The asymmetrical shape allows the shawl to flow and the garter stripes are squishy and drape well. Manos del Uruguay’s Alegría in “Teal” reminded me of a green-tinted sea and “Agave” made me think of corals and bright sea creatures lurking below the waves. The arcade stitch crochet border looks a bit like fish scales, like the tail of a treacherous mermaid waiting to lure sailors into the deep. This shawl, however, will keep you warm and cosy on dry land, and knits up rather quick due to the simple garter stitch.

Difficulty Moderate
Start date 2019-02-26
Due date 2019-03-25
Craft Knitting
Test secrecy Postable
Pattern source (brand and/or designer) Juliette P├ęcaut Knits
Spots available 3
Gauge 28 sts and 40 rows in 4" in garter stitch.
Charted or written pattern Written
Sizes required one size
Skills required

garter stitch, simple increases and decreases, switching colors, carrying colors up the side, simple crochet.

Finished measurements

68" across, 18" deep

Construction type Body knit in one piece, border crocheted on after binding off.
Required or recommended yarn Manos del Uruguay Alegria or other fingering weight yarn. 2 colors. approx. 330 yards MC, 220 yards CC.
Tools required

US 7/4.5mm straight or circular needles

US F5/3.75mm crochet hook yarn needle

Ownership of the finished item The finished item is yours to keep.
Requirements from the tester

Feedback on pattern, finished measurements of shawl, one good picture for social media, a project on Ravelry linked to pattern.

Rewards from the designer

A free copy of the published pattern, shout outs on Instagram, my eternal gratitude!




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