Mo Nighean Donn Shawl (AKA The Rent Shawl) by Ms. Mal

Mo Nighean Donn Shawl (AKA The Rent Shawl)

by Ms. Mal
October 2014
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches = 4 inches
in garter stitch (after blocking)
US 8 - 5.0 mm
800 - 840 yards (732 - 768 m)
One size
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Strongly inspired by the shawl worn by Caitriona Balfe as featured in episodes 5 “Rent” and 6 “The Garrison Commander” of Starz Network’s Outlander television series, I created this pattern because I wanted a shawl like the show version.

Unlike a traditional triangle shawl (which would be historically accurate), this pattern creates a no-slip bias garment that naturally clings to the shoulders and arms. Stripes are created with intarsia. Structured selvedge. Closed spine.

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One generous size: 65” wingspan by 28” center spine after blocking (My dear friend and model instructed me to tell you she’s a size 14.)

4 skeins (210 yards/100 grams each) of worsted weight/10 ply.
Shown in Malabrigo Rios 856 Azules (2 skeins), 195 Black (1 skein), and 150 Azul Profundo (1 skein)

US size 8 (5.0mm) circular or straight needles (or size needed to attain gauge)

2 stitch markers

Wool or yarn needle

Cardboard box for managing multiple balls of yarn (optional)

18 stitches = 4” in garter stitch before blocking
Note: While gauge is not as important in an unfitted shawl; different yarn, needles and/or gauge will likely result in using additional yardage.

Additional Notes
Considered an advanced pattern suitable for adventurous intermediate and advanced knitters due to techniques and garment construction involved.

While this shawl is knit in three parts, the garment is knit as a whole; there is no seaming.

Color A = 150 Azul Profundo (one skein divided into two balls)

Color B = 195 Black (one skein divided into two balls)

Color C = 856 Azules (2 separate balls from 2 skeins — the main color of the shawl)
Note: Be sure to wind the two single skeins (Colors A and B) into 2 balls or cakes each for a total of 5 balls/cakes of working yarn

A structured selvedge is created by knitting in the front and back loop of the first stitch and purling the last two stitches together every row. This gives a stable, consistent finished edge that by its nature is slightly different on left and right edges of rows, as well as potentially causing slight flaring on the diagonal edges.

Intarsia is color work whereby two or more colors are worked in one row without being carried (floats) on the wrong side of the work. Managing multiple sources of yarn is the biggest challenge to knitting intarsia. To avoid numerous splices/ends to weave in, I recommend utilizing the method given here: you will need to break the stripe skeins into 2 balls each for a total of 5 working yarn sources for this pattern

I do not recommend using alternate increases to the ones given in this pattern as they will not give the closed spine depicted. In addition to the still photos on pages 7 and 8 of this pattern, I created a short video tutorial which can be found on youtube here: or here:

Many grateful thanks to my stalwart crew of test knitters: susitrusie, dutchie-anke, and niblet007. Also, thanks to all of you who allow me to feature photos of your work on this pattern page. I’m so grateful for your support. Y’all have helped me raise the bar on the quality and completeness of my patterns. THANK YOU!!!

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