Welcome to the Ghost of the Moon Shawl Mystery Knitalong, hosted by Plymouth Yarn Company and Meghan Jones of Little NutMeg Productions. Join me (Meghan) for weekly clues, spooky poems, and helpful tutorials on how to make this beautiful autumn accessory!
Clues are available for free on the Plymouth Yarn Magazine (right here! you are in the right place!) and also on Ravelry as a free download.
4-100g skeins of Plymouth Yarn Electra-Lite, sample and tutorials used color #0002 Silver, (this pattern uses a few yards more than 3 skeins, 4 skeins are recommended)
1 set US size 7/4mm 32″ circular needle (pattern is worked flat, circular needle is required to accommodate the large number of stitches).
6 stitch markers.
Tapestry needle, scissors, dpns are optional but nice to have handy.
17 sts / 24 1/2 rows = 4 inches after blocking, gauge is not critical but can affect yardage.
CLUE 2: STARLIT SPECTER
A wraith glides silent on the wind, starlight sparkles through its skin. Are you worried? Did you fright? Keep knitting through this creepy night…
Row 1 (RS): k3, [work Starlit Specter Lace Pattern to m, sm] 6 times, k3- 6 sts increased.
Next Row (WS): k3, [sm, work Starlit Specter Lace Pattern to m] 5 times, sm, work Starlit Specter Lace Pattern to last 3 sts, k3.
Continue as established, progressing in Starlit Specter Lace Pattern and keeping the first and last 3sts in Garter Stitch for 54 more rows (2 repeats of Rows 1-28 of the Starlit Specter Lace Pattern complete). 348 sts
Starlit Specter Lace Pattern
Rows 1, 15 (RS): k1, yo, knit to end.
Row 2 and all WS rows: purl to end.
Row 3: k1, yo, k1, *k3, yo, k2tog, k9; rep from * to end.
Row 5: k1, yo, k2, *k1, ssk, yo, k11; rep from * to end.
Row 7: k1, yo, k3, *k3, yo, k2tog, k9; rep from * to end.
Row 9: k1, yo, k4, *k1, ssk, yo, k11; rep from * to end.
Row 11: k1, yo, k5, *k3, yo, k2tog, k9; rep from * to end.
Row 13: k1, yo, k6, *k1, ssk, yo, k11; rep from * to end.
Row 17: k1, yo, k4, yo, k2tog, k2, *k10, yo, k2tog, k2; rep from * to end.
Row 19: k1, yo, k3, ssk, yo, k4, *k8, ssk, yo, k4; rep from * to end.
Row 21: k1, yo, k6, yo, k2tog, k2, *k10, yo, k2tog, k2; rep from * to end.
Row 23: k1, yo, k5, ssk, yo, k4, *k8, ssk, yo, k4; rep from * to end.
Row 25: k1, yo, k8, yo, k2tog, k2, *k10, yo, k2tog, k2; rep from * to end.
Row 27: k1, yo, k7, ssk, yo, k4, *k8, ssk, yo, k4; rep from * to end.
Repeat these 28 rows for pattern.
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ABBREVIATIONS: cdd = slip 2 as if to knit, k1, psso, k = knit, k2tog = knit 2 sts together, p = purl, psso = pass slip st over, p2tog = purl 2 sts together, p2togtbl = purl 2 sts together through back loop, pm = place marker, RS = right side, sl = slip, sm = slip marker, ssk = slip 1 st as if to knit, slip a second st as if to knit, knit them together through the back loop, st(s) = stitch(es), tbl = through back loop, tog = together, WS = wrong side, yo = yarn over, wyif = with yarn in front.
This section of the pattern uses simple lace techniques like yarnovers (yo), knit 2 togethers (k2tog) and slip slip knits (ssk). Traditionally an ssk is worked by slipping each stitch knitwise from the left needle tip to the right needle tip and then knitting them together through the back look. This method works but can be cumbersome and slow, there is a faster method that actually results in a better-looking decrease.
Working a smoother SSK (slip slip knit)
In an effort to keep the clues in this knitalong totally secret the tutorials are shown over stockinette stitch.
Work to the 2 sts that will be decreased using an ssk.
Insert the right needle tip into the first stitch on the left needle tip as if to knit, do not slip off.
Now bring the right needle tip behind the work and slip it into the back loop of the second stitch on the left tip.
Wrap the yarn around.
Pull through both stitches.
And drop both stitches off the needle.
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Meghan Jones is a full-time knitwear designer who lives with her husband and 4 children in the Inland Northwest. When she is not knitting she spends her time nurturing obsessions with gardening, cooking, and sharks. You can find more of her work at www.littlenutmegproductions.com on Instagram, Facebook, and Ravelry.