Lune Shawl by Miriam L. Felton

Lune Shawl

May 2010
Light Fingering ?
20 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stsockinette after blocking
US 4 - 3.5 mm
245 - 800 yards (224 - 732 m)
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, with modifications for size given in the pattern
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This pattern is published in Twist & Knit: A Dozen Knitted Patterns for Handspun, Hand-dyed and One-of-a-kind Yarns.. The printed book (or printed book with digital add-on) can be purchased here. This pattern is also included in Twist & Knit Digital Collection #1.

Designed for versitility, this piece could be knit in ANY weight of yarn, in any quantity (size and yardage will vary).

The red version was knit with 800 yards (about 150-160 grams) of Spritely Goods Sylph (100% superwash merino wool, 560 yards per 115 gram skein) in ‘Cranberry’. 18 wpi

The purple version was knit with 245 yards (4 ounces) of handspun 2-ply 50% merino/50% silk top from Spirit Trail Fiberworks in ‘Lilac’. 11 wpi on 6mm (US 10) needles with a gauge of 13 stitches and 16 rows over 4 inches (10 cm)
in stockinette after blocking and a finished size of 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.

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.

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.

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