This one is truly gorgeous!
The design was originally part of the amazing series created by Rosemary Hill (aka Romi) of "Seven Small Shawls to Knit/ Year One/ The Pleiades", all of which were inspired by one of the Pleiades, the Seven Sisters of Greek mythology. The Pleiades were the nymph companions of Artemis who turned into stars to save them from Orionís pursuit and can be seen in the night sky. We are now able to get some of these beautiful patterns as separate pieces and will be offering them, for much joyful knitting.
Here is what she says:
"The dark one, Pleiades sister Celaeno was married to Poseidon and with him, was the mother of Lycus, Nycteus, Eurypylus, and possibly Triton. She was also said to be mother of Deucalion by Promethius. She is sometimes referred to as the lost Pleiad because her star is difficult to see among the brighter ones surrounding her.
"Celaeno the shawl is dark, with stars scattered across her garter stitch background, and terminating in a sparkling edging."
This one has marvelous 6/0 beads added (though they are optional) to mimic the stars in the sky.
Gauge : 18 sts/38 rows = 4"/10cm in garter st after blocking
Finished Measurements : Width, tip to tip: 54 inches after blocking Depth, point to top: 18 inches after blocking
Materials Used : The shawl that is shown was knit by Romi from Saffron Dyeworks, Enya hand-dyed merino sock [100% superwash merino; 440yd/3.5 oz skein]; color: New Moon. Only one skein was needed = so figure on about 440 yards of a lace weight or a light fingering weight yarn.
Size 6/0 Seed Beads: 60 grams (optional). The garter stitch section uses random bead placement. There are also charted beads, about 611 in the sample shown: approx 300 were used randomly.
Needle Size : 1 - set US #5/3.75 mm knitting needles
Pattern / Kit Includes charts; instructions on increasing or decreasing size of shawl
Skill Level Adventurous beginner to intermediate
This one is amazing. Really sings to me!