The graceful crescent shape of this shawl makes it most comfortable to wear and a lot of fun to knit. The inner curve of the crescent allows the shawl to hang carelessly from the shoulders while creating delicate fluttering tail edges.
Gauge: 20 stitches and 32 rows over 4 inches (10cm) in stockinette after blocking.
Finished Measurements: 48 inches (122 cm) across widest point of circle, 23 inches (59 cm) from neck to bottom and 14 inches (36 cm) between upper points.
Yarn Requirements: 800 yards of fingering weight yarn. Shown in Spritely Goods Sylph (100% superwash merino wool, 560 yards per 115 gram skein) in ‘Cranberry’
Needle Size: 3.5mm (US 4) 36-inch circular needle for flat knitting or size needed to obtain gauge.
Gauge: 13 stitches and 16 rows over 4 inches (10cm) in stockinette after blocking.
Finished Measurements: 34 inches (86 cm) across widest point of circle, 16 inches (41 cm) from neck to bottom and 6 inches (15 cm) between upper points.
Yarn Requirements: 245 yards (4 ounces) of worsted weight handspun 2-ply 50% merino/50% silk top from Spirit Trail Fiberworks in ‘Lilac’.
Needle Size: 6mm (US 10) 36-inch circular needle for flat knitting or size needed to obtain gauge.
Pattern Includes: charts and text translations of charts
Stitches Used: knit, purl, k2tog, ssk, p2tog, p2tog through the back loop, yo, pick up stitches, Centered Double Decrease.
Other Details: This shawl begins with a provisional cast on, from which a small flap of garter stitch is knit. Stitches are then picked up from the side of the flap and the provisional cast on, then the shawl is worked from the back of the neck outward to the long circular edge in the same manner as a traditional top-down triangular shawl, but with a different increase structure. Each right side row has six increases (one at each edge and four more spaced throughout the row), and each wrong side row has two increases just inside the edge stitches totaling eight stitches increased every two rows. This rapid rate of increase is what forms the crescent shape of the shawl. These increase points create several distinct sections into which lace patterns have been inserted for the red version- the center panel with the lozenge motif, the side panels with the zig-zag motif, and the edges which have been left in stockinette stitch. The lozenge motif has patterning only on right side rows, while the zig-zag motif has increases and decreases on both right and wrong sides. The purple version was knit using the Stockinette only charts, using the same increase structure, but without lace patterning.
This pattern is included in Twist & Knit: A Dozen Knitted Patterns for Handspun, Hand-dyed and One-of-a-kind Yarns.