Inspired by the Irish story of Deidre and Naoise. There are several versions, but this one captured my heart:
The most beautiful woman in ancient Ireland, she was betrothed to the High King Conchobhar Mac Nessa but she fell in love with his nephew Naoise. Deirdre and Naoise eloped to Scotland where they lived a blissful exile for many years. By offering forgiveness, Conchobhar tricked them into returning to Ulster where Naoise was slain by the jealous Conchobhar. Deirdre threw herself from Conchobhar’s chariot rather than live with the man who had caused Naoise’s death. It was said that her grave was near to Naoise’s and that a yew tree grew from each plot. The yew trees grew toward one another till their branches intertwined, joining the two lovers even after death.
The cables in this afghan symbolize the branches of the yew trees that grew together to be joined forever. This blanket will keep out the chill and surround the user with the feeling of love.
Finished project measures approximately 37 inches wide and 46 inches long
Gauge: 4-5 stitches / 3-4 rows per inch with stockinet stitch on size US 11 needles. Gauge is not critical.
The design has a repeating pattern of 24 rows, which is worked a total of 8 times.
Directions for making cables are included in pattern
Excel Grid is also included that are in synch with stitch marker placement to ensure perfect results and ability to keep track of where you left off when you set it down.
Tools and Materials needed: Size 11 36 inch circular needle 2040 yards of worsted weight yarn Cable needle or double pointed needle
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