The Thirteenth Moon by Merike Saarniit

The Thirteenth Moon

May 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
5 stitches = 1 inch
in stockinette (blocked and then unpinned)
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1200 yards (1097 m)
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1st round of kits have started shipping. Merike will be leading an informal KAL with helpful videos in the Earthfaire Forum.

Radiating Rectangular Shawl, worked in the round from the center out, designed for The Unique Sheep 300g/1200yd fingering weight Gradiance Shawl sets.

Blocked and relaxed shawl approximately 36”x52”; with end corners tied together (or stitched), a lovely cocoon.

What’s the 13th moon? Although our modern calendar year is divided into 12 months (the word “months” is derived from “moon”), there are actually 13 moons every 2 or 3 years. Lunar calendars are based on this fact and ancient cultures worked their calendars around this natural occurrence. For more fascinating information about this, check Wikipedia!

While many of my shawl designs are based on my heritage of Estonian knitting, the 13th moon phenomena inspired me to design a shawl that ‘doesn’t fit’ into standard shawl categories. A circular shawl is knit in the round. A square shawl can be knit either in the round or flat, depending on the design. A rectangular shawl, however, is usually knit from one end to the other with, perhaps, a knit on lace edging knit in the round. This shawl is a little different though…

At first glance, this shawl does have Estonian lace characteristics such as an over-all central stitch pattern, bordered by a “transition” pattern, then ending with a lace edging pattern. However, while I did base my stitch patterns on existing Estonian lace stitch patterns, I did my own tweaking of them.

Using a Gradiance yarn set will provide you the experience of the dramatic finale of finding a beautiful radiating colors rectangular shawl after binding it off your circular needles!

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