Grain Moon by Catherine Knutsson
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Grain Moon

Knitting
June 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
425 - 650 yards (389 - 594 m)
four: shallow/small, shallow/large, deep/small, deep/large
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After the heat of an August day, the moon rises fat and red on the horizon. In the fields, a gentle breeze sends the wheat stirring, bending their ripening heads to pay homage to the rising moon. In 2016, the Grain Moon occurs on August 18, right in the thick of summer. Because the moon often takes on a reddish cast at this time, the Grain Moon is also knowing as the Full Red Moon, or, to some First Nations people, the Sturgeon Moon, for this was the time they’d take to the waters in pursuit of that mighty fish.

The Grain Moon shawl is a crescent-shaped shawl worked from the top down. The textured pattern recreates the effect of wind rushing over wheat fields.

The golden sample is the shallow/small version, and was worked in madelinetosh’s tosh merino light (colour: Winter Wheat). It measures 81 inches along the straight edge, 90 inches along the curved edge, and is 13.5 inches deep (206 x 229 x 34 cm).

The blue sample is the deep/small version, and was worked in Riverside Studio’s Merino Singles Fingering (colour: Storm). It measures 70 inches along the straight edge, 80 inches along the curved edge, and is 16 inches deep (177 x 203 x 40 cm).

Skill Level
Intermediate

Sizes
Four:

  1. Shallow/Small – 100 rows total
  2. Shallow/Large – 124 rows total
  3. Deep/Small – 100 rows total (method of increase changes midway through)
  4. Deep/Large – 124 rows total (method of increase changes midway through)

Tools and Materials
Yarn, shallow/small and deep/small: 425-450 yards of fingering weight yarn
Yarn, shallow/large and deep/large: 575-650 yards of fingering weight yarn

  • 4 mm (US 6) knitting needles, straight (at least 14” long) or circular
  • 4.5 (US 7) knitting needles, straight (at least 14” long) or circular
  • pins, wires, and a mat for blocking
  • tapestry needle for weaving in the ends
  • optional: 2 st markers for marking edge/increase sts

This pattern contains both written and charted instructions. Many thanks to Dana Gervais for tech editing, and for the wonderful knitters who tested this pattern!