MOA (Mother-of-All) Shawl by Nick Davis
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MOA (Mother-of-All) Shawl

Knitting
February 2016
Light Fingering ?
16 stitches = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
440 - 880 yards (402 - 805 m)
One Size
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Easy to memorize, rich with lace and texture, and bigger than it looks once it’s blocked, the Mother-of-All Shawl is a good basic comfort-knit for triangle shawl aficionados, and a good first shawl project, too!

It looks brilliant and silky in Malabrigo Sock, and the design is simple enough to be a solid choice to show off a big skein of handspun in similar weights. Knit it bright or neutral. Knit it for your mom.

Gauge is not too important for this knit, but you’ll want to aim for about 4 stitches per inch blocked (around 4.5 working, but it’s safest to check gauge blocked!), which should put you in the neighborhood of US 5-8 needles, depending on your knitting style and tension.

You’ll only need one longish (24”-29”?) circular needle for this - great travel knitting!

You can easily add or subtract repeats for a customized shawl. So although this takes up nearly every bit of the sample yarn’s 440 yards, it also works nicely for smaller amounts - just be sure to leave enough to bind off!

(This may be pretty common knowledge on the Ravelry, but just for kicks: the mother-of-all is an important part of a spinning wheel. A moa is a big extinct bird. This shawl embodies characteristics of both (like the mother-of-all, this pattern is the backbone and support of other designs; it’s pretty inert unless you move it, and that is just like an extinct bird); also, MOA is fun to say.)