Saturday, August 09, 2014

Moonwort Shawl

This pattern is available for $3.00 USD

Moonworts are ferns of the genus Botrychium. The name comes from the Shetland fern lace patterns in the shawl, plus it’s knitted from a moonlight-colored yarn (that’s a fancy description for “ordinary gray”). There’s also the added bonus that I get to use the word “wort” in polite company.

Try it in lace weight yarns or a fine-gauge chenille for different looks, scrunch it up like a scarf and tie it, drape it, or you could even wrap raw meat in it.

Pictured shawl uses a fingering weight synthetic to withstand the chemicals I seem to wear home from work and was solely an experiment but it has become my go-to shawl for breezy days. I like the way it flaps in the wind--I’m weird like that.

Approx. 5 oz. (650 yards) fingering weight yarn---your mileage may vary
Several yards of waste yarn for casting on
3.25mm (size 3 US) single-point needles
Two 3.25 double-point needles for edging
Stitch markers
Darning needle

Blocked sample shawl is 20” x 60” (51cm x 152cm)

6 sts and 11 rows to one inch in stockinette stitch