Pattern: Scheherazade a 2006 Mystery Shawl by Melanie
Yarn: Jaggerspun Zephyr in Pewter sold at my new favorite online store Sarah’s Yarns
50% Silk, 50% Merino Wool Lace weight.
Less then 1260 yards.
Date: Jan 08, 2007 to Feb 01, 2007.
Blocking Feb 03, 2007
For: My sister in law Susan, who requested a shawl to wear for a Valentine’s Party.
Stitch count: 62,826 knits and purls……
Needles: Size 3 (3.25) Knitpick Options.
Size: 20 x 90 inches
Skills: Provisional Cast on (I used a new one I learned called a Lifeline Provisional Cast on.) and Knitted on edging. Blocking wires are in the mail, (thanks Cathie!) but didn’t arrive soon enough so my first ever straight edge blocking with the use of many pins, a willing to help husband and masking tape on the floor.
The makings of a shawl:
(pictures can be clicked to see larger versions)
Scheherezade is based on Sultana who is the storyteller in 1001 Arabian Nights. It is said that the King was known to marry a new wife every day and dispose of the old wife, due to a bitter betrayal by his first wife. Sultana told a story every night and through out the 1001 nights of story tellings the King fell in love with her.
The Shawl tells the story of their love.
The middle displays the court of the King. Arabesque motifs flow outwards to the edge.
Next we see the weaving of a story down the middle and the eventually slow progress of a King falling in love with his Queen.
And Finally we find their love blooming and the end of the story (look close you can see hearts)
The shawl will be heading off to it’s new home on Monday.