Rusalka

  • In Slavic mythology, a rusalka is a water nymph, similar to her Celtic and Germanic sisters. Several operas have been written about the rusalki, the most famous in 1901 by Antonín Dvorák. In the 1800s, two other composers wrote operas named Rusalka: Alexander Dargomyzhsky and Henri Duparc, though Duparc never finished his.

    My Rusalka is a triangular shawl that I designed to take advantage of a 5-color gradient yarn set. She is knit from the top center beginning with a tab cast on, and grows out and down with every right-side row.

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  • Materials

    • Yarn: fingering weight; 175 yards in each of 5 colors; 875 total yards.
    • Model: Claudia Hand Painted Yarns Addiction in Moss Gradient shades 1 through 5; 175 yards in 50 grams; 100% extra fine merino wool. A total of 26 grams of yarn remained..
    • Gauge: 17 sts and 20 rows to 4 inches (10 cm) in Zigzags lace stitch, blocked.
    • Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) for gauge, and US 8 (5 mm) for binding off.
    • Finished size: (wingspan x height) 64 x 35 inches.
    • Stitch instructions: Charted and written.