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 5: RACING CLOUDS 2
Darkness cast with moonlight covered, clouds are back and starlight buffered. This time they race the other way, moving in a swift display…
Row 1 (RS): k3, [work Racing Clouds Lace Pattern 2 to m, sm] 6 times, k3- 6 sts increased.
Next Row (WS): k3, [sm, work Racing Clouds Lace Pattern 2 to m] 5 times, sm, work Racing Clouds Lace Pattern 2 to last 3 sts, k3.
Continue as established, progressing in Racing Clouds Lace Pattern 2 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). 516 sts
Racing Clouds Lace Pattern 2
Row 1 (RS): k1, yo, knit to end.
Rows 2, 8, 14: knit across.
Row 3: k1, yo, k1, *k1, yo, ssk, k4; rep from * to end.
Row 4: *p3, p2togtbl, yo, p2; rep from * to last 3 sts, p3.
Row 5: k1, yo, k2, *k3, yo, ssk, k2; rep from * to end.
Row 6: *p1, p2togtbl, yo, p4; rep from * to last 4 sts, p4.
Row 7: k1, yo, k3, *k5, yo, ssk; rep from * to end.
Row 9: k1, yo, k4, *k4, k2tog, yo, k1; rep from * to end.
Row 10: *p2, yo, p2tog, p3; rep from * to last 6 sts, p6.
Row 11: k1, yo, k5, *k2, k2tog, yo, k3; rep from * to end.
Row 12: *p4, yo, p2tog, p1; rep from * to last 7 sts, p7.
Row 13: k1, yo, k6, *k2tog, yo, k5; 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 clue has yarnovers on the right and wrong side of the work, it also has purl 2 together through the back loop (p2togtbl) you can see the previous tutorial on that technique here. Because there are yarnovers worked on every row right beside each other it can seem like there is an extra loop of yarn, even though there isn’t. Take a look at the tutorial below to see how the patterning looks from the wrong side row.
In an effort to keep the clues in this knitalong totally secret the tutorials are shown over stockinette stitch.
Work to the spot where the wrong side row yarnover is meant to happen, as you can see there is a yarnover already on the left needle that looks like a wide-open stitch. Create your new yarnover by bringing the yarn over the needle from front to back.
Insert the right needle tip into the first stitch on the left needle tip purlwise and bring the yarn over the needle from front to back again to wrap it.
Pull through and drop the stitch off the needle, then purl the next stitch (this is the yarnover from the previous row. The yarnovers will only have a single yarn strand between them, which is what gives this lace pattern its unique look.
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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.