It’s time for a new KAL – this time it’s called Näcken.
In Scandinavian folklore, Näcken 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 Näcken 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 (Näckrosor – Näckens roses in Swedish) near the top which then are surrounded by softly lapping water, spreading in rings.
The KAL will be hosted in the Knit & Knag Designs Group on Ravelry, as usual. The pattern is available for purchase both here, and via the Verdant Gryphon. It is $6.00 until the end of September 2012, when the price will go up to the regular pattern price.
The pattern is also available as part of a kit from the Verdant Gryphon including the pattern and a limited edition, exclusive colourway of Mithril – same as used in the sample. The kits will be released on the VG site on Fri, Aug 31, 10 AM EDT.