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Jennifer Dassau

for The Knitting Vortex

The Vizier's Daughter

Scheherazade, the Vizier’s Daughter, is the legendary storyteller of One Thousand and One Arabian Nights. She agrees to spend one night with the king, a tyrant who has married and the next day beheaded a virgin one thousand times already, in anger and vengeance over finding that his first wife had been unfaithful to him. At nightfall, Scheherazade begins a story, which she stops mid-tale at dawn. Enthralled by the narrative, the king spares her life until the next night, when she finishes the story and begins another, again pausing at dawn. And so it goes for 1001 nights, until she tells him she has no more stories, during which time the king has fallen in love with her and begat their three sons. Kinder and wiser, he spares her life and makes her his queen.

This one skein shawl is knit sideways with a garter stitch body and narrow bottom edge, and features sinuous lace along the lower curve. The decorative motif recalls the arabesques of Islamic surface decoration, based on linear patterns of scrolling or interlacing lines and tendrils.

Pattern Detail

  • instructions are both fully written and charted
  • no schematics
  • no sewing
  • all season
  • no sewing
  • 60” length and 12” depth
  • digital PDF has 12 pages (letter size)
  • easy
    • 4 x 4 in
    • 4.0 mm
    • US 6
    • 26.0 over pattern
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