Hello Mystery Knitters, or is it Knitters of Mystery?
It’s been 7 weeks of secrecy and now it’s time to show the full Ghost of the Moon Shawl!
Ghost of the Moon
In the darkest moment of the night the stage is set for autumn fright! Enjoy this quiet peaceful moment, as soon begins your spooky torment…
A wraith glides silent on the wind, starlight sparkles through its skin. Are you worried? Did you fright? Keep knitting through this creepy night…
Now clouds race across the sky, wispy grey and moving high. Blotting out the shining moon, ever darker bringing gloom…
Breaking free for but a moment, moonbeams drift down like an omen. Soon this night will move to dawn, but for now we must knit on…
Darkness cast with moonlight covered, clouds are back and starlight buffered. This time they race the other way, moving in a swift display…
The final moments before light, a mist creeps in to hold us tight. Curling, slinking, wrapping ‘round, its thick white fog obscures the ground. Bind off quick before you sink, dissipate it in a wink!
Now you can see that the shawl is 6 sections of a swirl, with alternating ‘racing cloud’ triangles and a knit on border.
Since the shawl uses more than 3 skeins it is a generous size and the model was impressed at how warm it was even though the day we photographed on was much colder than we anticipated.
There were a few knitters who wanted to know how to adjust this shawl for a smaller size, there are a few options for adjusting the pattern and they are as follows:
4 (5) Swirl Blades
You can choose to work 4, or 5 blades of the swirl instead of 6, to do this you need to cast on the 3 sts and work only 8 (10) rows of garter stitch, pick up 4 (5) stitches along the edge, and any time you see [ ] 6 times, use 4 or 5 depending on your adjustment choice.
Stitch counts will be as follows for the 4 (5) blade versions:
After CLUE 1: 122 (151)sts.
After CLUE 2: 234 (291)sts.
After CLUE 3: 262 (326)sts.
After CLUE 4: 318 (396)sts.
After CLUE 5: 346 (431)sts.
Border Alterations for CLUE 6:
4 blades: Work Rows 1-2 once, work 49 border repeats, work Rows 1-2 once more and bind off as written.
5 blades: Work Rows 1-2 twice, work 61 border repeats, work Rows 1-2 twice more and bind off as written.
Fewer Repeats of Clues 2 or 4
You can also choose to work fewer row repeats of Clue 2 or 4, every 14 less rows worked results in 42 less stitches for a 6 blade shawl.
If you work only half the rows of Clue 2 OR Clue 4, you will have 474 sts total after Clue 5, then for Clue 6: Work Rows 1-2 twice, work 67 border repeats, work Rows 1-2 twice more and bind off as written.
If you work only half the rows of Clue 2 AND Clue 4, you will have 432 sts total after Clue 5, then for Clue 6: Work Rows 1-2 twice, work 61 border repeats, work Rows 1-2 twice more and bind off as written.
I hope you enjoyed this knitalong! If you would like to have another knitalong please make sure to let me know in the comments below. Until then, Happy Knitting! xo Meghan