Moss On the Old Oak by Sweet Birch Designs

Moss On the Old Oak

Knitting
July 2016
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
19.5 stitches and 27 rows = 4 inches
in twisted stockinette stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
472 - 1109 yards (432 - 1014 m)
Small, Medium, Large
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Moss on the Old Oak is a wonderfully textured triangular shawl that is knit from the top down. I LOVE the texture of moss and the sight of it always makes me feel like tiptoeing across it happily through the woods. The shawl pattern utilizes several different types of stitches and a lace edging that are representative of different moss textures. The stitches are delightfully different and the knitting is rhythmic. The textured stitches combined with squishy Malabrigo Rios will bring to mind that soft bouncy feel of moss and make YOU feel like tiptoeing happily through the woods…..or maybe just tiptoeing happily because you finished yet another shawl!:)

My goal with this shawl was to create a large shawl that would be really warm and useful whether you get too cold in air conditioning or your wearing it into the colder months. I wanted it to be functional but ALSO elegant.:)

Lace pattern is both written and charted out. Stitch counts are included for each row repeat. A knowledge of increases, lace, reading charts and shawl construction are helpful. Shawl features a seed stitch tab instead of a garter tab. I know traditionally that a garter tab is worked and is meant to be hidden but in this case I wanted the tab to be an extension of the pattern and not hidden. It is worked slightly different.:) The last 2 photos show the seed stitch tab up close.:)

Model is 5’4 1/2 inches tall.

Materials
Yarn Used: Malabrigo Rios 1 skein=210 yards/100 grams
Yarn Requirements for Shawl
Small Shawl: 3 skeins=300 grams or approximately 472 yards/230 grams of a worsted weight yarn. Sample for Small shawl knit in Piedras and Illusion.
Medium Shawl: 5 skeins=500 grams or approximately 908 yards/432 grams of a worsted weight yarn. Sample for Medium shawl knit in Glitter.
Large Shawl: 6 skeins=600 grams or approximately 528 grams/1109 yards of a worsted weight yarn. Sample for Large shawl knit in Fresco y Seco.

Needles: US 8/5.0 mm 36+ circular needle to accommodate the large number of sts
US 8/5.0 mm double pointed needles for provisional CO only
Gauge: 19.5 sts and 27 rows= 4 inches in twisted stockinette stitch
Shawl Measurements after Blocking:
NOTE: After a few months of use, the shawl has shrunk back from 42 inches to 33 inches because Malabrigo Rios is very springy. Please keep in mind that no matter how aggressively you block your shawl, the wool will try to spring back to it’s original shape. This may mean that you lose several inches on the length and/or width.
For Large:
82.5 inches from wingtip to wingtip and 42 inches from center cast on to bottom center point.
For Medium:
77 inches from wingtip to wingtip and 28 inches from center cast on to bottom center point.
For Small:
64.5 inches from wingtip to wingtip and 23 inches from center cast on to bottom center point.
Note: Gauge is not extremely crucial for this shawl pattern but keep in mind that a different gauge will affect the size of the finished shawl and yardage requirements.
Notions: 2 removable stitch markers, darning needle to weave in ends, tools for blocking your finished shawl.

Abbreviations, Definitions and Techniques
K-knit k2tog-knit 2 sts together as one st P-purl K1tbl-knit the st through the back loop Pm-place marker sm-slip marker RM-remove marker CO-cast on BO-bind off LH-left hand RH-right hand RS/rs-right side of work
WS/ws-wrong side of work st/s-stitch(es)
rep/reps-repeats DPN-double pointed needles
yo-yarn over-bring the yarn from back to front under the RH needle and up over the RH needle and work the next st as written in the pattern
M1R-make one stitch right-Lift the bar running between the sts with your LH needle from back to front, knit the st to twist it closed.
M1L-make one stitch left-Lift the bar running between the sts with your LH needle from front to back, knit the st through the back loop to twist it closed.
AYO/ayo-afterthought yarn over-Lift the bar running between the sts with your LH needle from front to back and knit it. This creates a smaller hole than a regular yarn over. It is similar to knitting a M1L increase only you do not twist the stitch to close it. I prefer this type of yarn over for the border sts because it is worked the same no matter what type of stitch comes before or after. Picture is included for reference for the ayo.

Difficulty Level-2 out of 5: I would say that this is an advanced beginner level pattern. A knowledge of garter tab cast on is helpful but not required. The seed stitch tab cast on is a similar technique to a garter tab cast on but worked a little differently. Features afterthought yarn overs which can be a little tricky at first, knitting through the back loop and lace knitting. The lace pattern is written and charted.