Sap Moon by Catherine Knutsson
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Sap Moon

April 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
see pattern description for details.
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
425 - 800 yards (389 - 732 m)
small, medium, and large
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Slowly, slowly, the snow melts away. Buds swell, and in the skies, birds make their way north. Spring is near! The Sap Moon is the time of tapping maples, of the sugar festivals, of the lengthening of days, and the surety that another winter has passed. Casts of earthworms now appear in the ground, inviting robins to make their return, and crows throng in alders, their raucous cries summoning in the new season. For these reasons, the Sap Moon is also known as the Worm Moon and the Crow Moon. In 2018, the Sap Moon occurs on March 23, making it also the Paschal Moon, the first moon of spring!

The brown sample shawl was worked with Crooked Kitchen Yarn’s Bluebella (80% BFL/20% silk, colourway: Garam Masala) and is a size small. The green sample shawl is worked with Dream in Color’s Jilly and is also a size small.

Skill Level

Sizes (see schematic for letter references)
Small: A: 78”/198 cm B: 15”/38 cm C: 88”/224 cm
Medium: A: 86”/218 cm B: 17”/43 cm C: 96”/244 cm
Large: A: 98”/249 cm B: 20”/51 cm C: 111”/282 cm

Sap Moon Lace: 15 st and 28 rows = 4 x 4” (10 x 10cm) on 4mm (US 6)
knitting needles, aggressively blocked.

Yarn Requirements
Size small: 425- 450 yards/389-411 metres of fingering weight yarn
Size medium: 575-600/526-549 metres of fingering weight yarn
Size large: 775-800/709-732 metres of fingering weight yarn


  • 4 mm (US 6) knitting needles, straight (at least 14”/35 cm long) or circular
  • 4.5 mm (US 7) knitting needles, straight (at least 14”/35 cm 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