Harvest Moon by Jem Arrowsmith

Harvest Moon

January 2023
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
437 yards (400 m)
One size
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A Harvest Moon is one that occurs closest to the beginning of Autumn and it’s when the moon is at its fullest and brightest. Traditionally this was the time that the farmers harvested their Summer crops, working late into the night to make the most of the abundant moonlight.

The Harvest Moon shawl is a one skein asymmetric shawl which sees a single ‘yo, ssk’ stitch take hold to grow rows of pretty lace. The lace columns cut their way through fields of smooth stockinette, creating rays that point to the lace border. The sections work together to allow the final lace to flourish and bloom as it reaches the edges of the shawl.

Once you have worked the last row, it’s time to reap the benefits of all your hard work as you harvest your stitches and cast them off.

The sample shawl is part of the ’Shades of…’ collection by Under the Olive Tree Knits, and is worked in the Steni Vala 4ply yarn - a lustrous and velvety blend of merino and silk.

Stitches Used – Sl1 wyif, knit, purl, kfb, yo, k2tog, ssk, sl2tog-k1-psso

Sizes – One size

Measurements – The finished, blocked item has a wingspan of 73” (185cm) and a depth of 20” (51cm)


• 437yd / 400m, 3.5 oz / 100g 4 ply, sock or fingering weight yarn. The yarn used in the pattern pictures is Under the Olive Tree Knits Steni Vala yarn, 50% Superwash Merino / 50% Silk in the Shades of Amethyst colourway
• US size 5 (3.75mm) 32” (80cm) circular needle
• 6 stitch markers (optional for marking off lace repeats)
• A tapestry needle for weaving in the ends

Gauge: 22 stitches and 33 rows to 4” (10cm) in stockinette stitch after blocking

The pattern includes written and charted instructions. It has also been tech edited and test knitted prior to publication.

Pattern Testimonials

This is a lovely and relaxed knit with just the right amount of variety to keep your interest. The lace repeats are easy to memorise meaning this will fly off the needles – Caroline

Harvest Moon Shawl is another lovely shawl by Jemma Arrowsmith. The pattern is well written and easy to follow. I would recommend it to a beginner wanting to try knitting lace or an experienced knitter wanting to make a shawl with lace inserts - Lila