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 3: RACING CLOUDS
Now clouds race across the sky, wispy grey and moving high. Blotting out the shining moon, ever darker bringing gloom…
Row 1 (RS): k3, [work Racing Clouds Lace Pattern 1 to m, sm] 6 times, k3- 6 sts increased.
Next Row (WS): k3, [sm, work Racing Clouds Lace Pattern 1 to m] 5 times, sm, work Racing Clouds Lace Pattern to last 3 sts, k3.
Continue as established, progressing in Racing Clouds Lace Pattern 1 and keeping the first and last 3sts in Garter Stitch for 12 more rows (1 repeat of Rows 1-14 of the Racing Clouds Lace Pattern 1 complete). 390 sts
Racing Clouds Lace Pattern 1
Row 1 (RS): k1, yo, knit to end.
Rows 2, 8, 14: knit across.
Row 3: k1, yo, k1, *k4, k2tog, yo, k1; rep from * to end.
Row 4: *p2, yo, p2tog, p3; rep from * to last 3 sts, p3.
Row 5: k1, yo, k2, *k2, k2tog, yo, k3; rep from * to end.
Row 6: *p4, yo, p2tog, p1; rep from * to last 4 sts, p4.
Row 7: k1, yo, k3, *k2tog, yo, k5; rep from * to end.
Row 9: k1, yo, k4, *k1, yo, ssk, k4; rep from * to end.
Row 10: *p3, p2togtbl, yo, p2; rep from * to last 6 sts, p6.
Row 11: k1, yo, k5, *k3, yo, ssk, k2; rep from * to end.
Row 12: *p1, p2togtbl, yo, p4; rep from * to last 7 sts, p7.
Row 13: k1, yo, k6, *k5, yo, ssk; rep from * to end.
Complete these 14 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 has patterning on the right side of the work and the wrong side of the work, and uses both p2tog (purl two together) and p2togtbl (purl two together through back loop). The latter of these decreases (p2togtbl) makes a decrease that leans left on the front of the work and involves a bit of needle twisting that is simple once you get the hang of it.
P2togtbl: awkward but worth it!
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 the p2togtbl.
Bring the right needle tip behind the first 2 sts on the left needle tip, you will be bringing the right needle tip through both stitches from back to front as indicated by the red arrow.
Below you can see both the back loops of the 2 stitches have been brought forward on the right needle tip.
Bring the active yarn to the front to purl.
Wrap and pull through.
And drop both stitches off the needle.
Above you can see the p2togtbl from the right side of the work.
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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.