Ocean Daughter by !? Who Knew ?! 

Ocean Daughter by !? Who Knew ?!

Copyright Alison Tanner, !? Who Knew ?!, 2006.

Ocean Daughter by !? Who Knew ?!

Chart: This !? Who Knew ?! chart is printed over four Letter/A4 pages with three overlap rows. The symbols are small, but as the chart is a monochrome design, it is quite easy to follow.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole Cross Stitch only.  This design can be stitched one-over-one or two-over-two.

Materials: Crescent Colours cotton. Stitched on Picture This Plus 32ct “Crystal Lagoon” opalescent linen.

Designer’s Notes: She reminds us of the importance of playfulness as well as the mystery of the seas. But the question still remains: What do mermaids eat?

Why I was attracted to this design: I love the monochrome on fancy background look. This one appeals the same way that Rendezvous in Paris  appeals, only here we have a more muted background and a mottled hand-dyed foreground as well such as with Dream Tree Ornament.  I also love the Assisi crab :) I think this was my first mermaid pattern.  It ties in with my love of fantasy and fantastical creatures.

So why haven’t I stitched it?  This chart was a gift from Natalie shortly after it was first released. I started to kit it up at the time. I bought the 8 skeins of Crescent Colours “Bejeweled” floss but not quite the fabric. Then, shortly afterwards, I used the floss on a piece of similar fabric for a monogrammed P for my then-partner Paul.  Maybe due to the similarity of the projects, but I didn’t kit this one up again right away.  It is time I did so.

Where can you buy it? This design is still in print and can be easily ordered by your LNS or ONS of choice. I would recommend buying direct from Picture This Plus (who first distributed !? Who Knew ?! designs), where you can order the chart and fabric at the same time. You should pay around $US9.00 for this chart.

I also have two copies of this chart, as I was sent one in error with when trying to order a different !? Who Knew ?! chart as part of a closing down sale recently. So if you too love this chart, comment below and I will send the chart out.

Discussion questions: This is an older chart and many fabric dyers, Picture This Plus included, have a large range of sea-themed fabric colours out now.  Would you still this in “Lagoon” or would you change to a different undersea fabric?  Would you stitch this as a monochrome, or would you liven it up with different touches of colour, here and there?  Completely different colours or just different shades of the same green tone?  I am interested what other people would do with this chart.

Project Status:
28 Mar 2012 – Need to kit up again & one copy free to good home.


  1. 28 March 2012 @ 21:55 · Reply

    I love the pattern! The assissi crab and shells are a nice touch and break up what would otherwise be a daunting solid mass.
    Discussion: I think this would work on any sea colored fabric. I would have to see the floss and then decide. As far as livening it up, I think I would go with tone on tone changes. Keep it a monochrome, but add some texture. Like a little clear irridescent blending filament under the tail section like sparkly scales. Back stitch straight lines in the tail, using the base color, like the rays in a fish’s tail. Maybe look for a similar colored bead to use for the fish eyes. And I would add eyes to the crab I think. In all honesty though, it is quite detailed for a monochrome and doesn’t really need anything. It is a nice pattern.

  2. 28 March 2012 @ 22:20 · Reply

    I think I would only slightly modify the colour of the fish, probably slightly lighter than the rest. Interesting chart. Given my bias I would likely choose a fabric that has more blue in it, but that’s just me. :)

  3. 29 March 2012 @ 01:16 · Reply

    I would do this one with dark thread, very dark thread, on an oceanic looking fabric. This one is on my wish list, and if it hasn’t found a new home I’d love to have it.

  4. 29 March 2012 @ 03:31 · Reply

    This is a sweet piece. I too like the Assisi sea things. They are fun.

    As for fabrics… I might go with something… murkier and no I don’t have a clue what colour that would be. But, with that thread colour, I’d want something… darker, stormier? I would leave the stitching monochrome – but I like that look a lot! So, I’d go for playing with fabric.

    While I would love to pop my name in the pot, I doubt you ship to Europe. :P

  5. 29 March 2012 @ 22:31 · Reply

    As we’ve had multiple people ask for the chart, I’ll do as I’ve done in the past – collect names for a week and then use a random number generator. It’s the only fair method.

    And yes I ship all over the world. Being in Australia – you’re all equally far away from me.

  6. 5 April 2012 @ 11:38 · Reply

    OK it’s one week later. I’ll get out the dice.

    Sisu – 1 & 2
    Deb – 3 & 4
    Kelrain – 5 & 6

    And rolled a 3. This one is off to Deb. I send it out next Tuesday when the Post Office opens again after Easter.

    • 6 April 2012 @ 03:40 · Reply

      Most exciting! Thanks for rolling my number, Mel! I’ll let you know when it arrives.


      • 7 May 2012 @ 11:00 · Reply

        Sorry for the delay Deb – will be posting it off this afternoon. If you read the main blog, you will know the delays I’ve had this month.

        • 23 May 2012 @ 23:28 · Reply

          Hey Mel,

          I do read your main blog, every week or so. The chart arrived last week, many thanks. I emailed you, but with all that is going on in your corner of the woods, I didn’t know if you would be able to answer back. I do believe I found the perfect fabric for her.

          Just a thought… have you tried a white noise machine or fan running to see if that will reduce the outside noise and hopefully reduce some migraine pain?


  7. 27 May 2013 @ 05:26 · Reply
     Nancy Ernst:

    Do anyone have a chart of Ocean Daughter for sake. I think I lost it.

  8. 27 May 2013 @ 05:28 · Reply
     Nancy Ernst:

    Hi, I have the series and lost this one. I would like to buy it if possible

  9. 15 September 2014 @ 21:25 · Reply
     Brandi Vad:

    I’m looking for this chart. I have the other 2 but need this one. I’d love to buy a copy of it, if that’s possible. I know this is a really old post but it’s worth a shot.


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