On the Moor Shawl by Luise O'Neill

On the Moor Shawl

May 2011
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 4 - 3.5 mm
3.5 mm (E)
1040 yards (951 m)
Wingspan (tip to tip) 50” / 127 cm Back Depth 22” / 56 cm
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Also available as a knitCompanion design from Create2Thrive.

This is the 3rd shawl pattern in the Celtic Shawl Series.

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On the Moor is a Faroese-style shawl that incorporates shoulder shaping and a tapered back panel for a unique fit.

The spectacular double-loop closed-ring cable on the centre-back panel holds pride of place; the wings of the shawl are worked in a lattice pattern to complement, but not overshadow, the cable centrepiece. The rope-cable border that edges the entire shawl provides the perfect finishing touch.

General Construction Notes
The shawl begins at the neck with a provisionally cast-on cabled tab; stitches are then picked up along one long edge of the tab and from the provisional cast-on edge; both ‘wings’ are increased regularly while the slightly tapered centre-back cable panel is increased at a reduced rate; extra increases are worked along the shoulder lines for the unique Faroese shaping. The cabled front edges are continued around the bottom of the shawl; corners are turned using short rows; the final edging stitches are joined using a 3-Needle Bind Off.

Stitch markers; yarn needle (to weave in ends)

Suggested Needles
3.5 mm / US 4 circular 48” / 122 cm
3.5 mm / US 4 dpn (1 spare needle)
3.5 mm /US E(4) crochet hook (for PCO only)
Cable needle
Adjust needle size to obtain the correct gauge.

Gauge (after blocking)
20 sts / 34 rows = 4” / 10 cm in Stockinette
22 sts / 34 rows = 4” / 10 cm in Lattice pattern (shoulders and sides)

Pattern Notes
Pattern is charted; written instructions for charts are provided.

This pattern consists of 25 pages; it contains 9 pages of charts and 7 pages of written directions for charts. The pdf size is 3.8MB.

Written instructions for the Provisional Cast On and 3-Needle Bind Off are included. Internet links are provided for ‘cabling without a cable needle’ and the 3-Needle Bind Off.

With grateful thanks to my Tech Editor: faeriesandpixies1

Lattice pattern adapted from: Maloney, Annie, The Cable Knitting Handbook, self-published, 2004

Other patterns in the Celtic Shawl Series:
#1: Margaree Harbour Shawl (crescent)
#2: Lady of the Canyon Shawl (rectangular)
#4: Ashokan Shawl (arc-shaped)

Nov 24, 2013: v1.3 of the pattern was uploaded today; this version corrects the chart error noted on the errata page. Please be sure to download and work from this latest version.

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