Moonbow is an elongated crescent-shaped shawl made with worsted weight yarn. The slipped stitch pattern on the body makes it especially suitable for tonal or slightly variegated yarns, and the mesh stitch along the bottom border is knit at the same time as the body.
Because of its sideways tip-to-tip construction, the pattern can be easily modified for different shapes, sizes, and yarn weights. Exact stitch and row counts are given to achieve the sample size/shape made in worsted weight. For those who would like to substitute a different weight yarn or make the shawl larger, instructions are also given by what percentage of your total yarn you should use in each section.
Suggestions are also given on which sections to knit to achieve several different shapes (deeper crescent, asymmetrical triangular, triangular, and elongated triangular shawls).
Please note: I do not have size or yardage estimates for other yarn weights or shawl shapes.
- Three stitch markers
- Tapestry needle to weave in ends
- Pins or wires for blocking
- Scale (optional - recommended if using more/less yarn, a different weight yarn, or are knitting a shape variation)
Skills and Techniques
German twisted cast on, knit, purl, yarn overs, knit two together, knit through the back loop, knit together through the back loop, purl through the back loop, make one left, make one right, slip stitch purl-wise, passing slipped stitch over others, binding off purl-wise.
The sample uses 250 grams (2.5 skeins) of Malabrigo Rios in colorway Pearl 10.
For substitutions, I recommend a wool or wool blend with good drape. Please keep in mind that Malabrigo Rios is a superwash yarn, and that choosing a non-superwash yarn may lead to slightly different results.
US7 / 4.5mm circular needles with 32”/81cm cord to accommodate shawl at its deepest point
Sample gauge is 28 sts and 26 rows = 4 in. / 10 cm in slipped stitch pattern after blocking. (Slipped stitch pattern for swatching is detailed on pg. 2 of pattern.)
Gauge is not crucial for this pattern, but please keep in mind that your gauge could affect the final dimensions, yardage used, and/or stitch counts. Swatching is still recommended to ensure that you are happy with the fabric you’re creating, especially if using a different weight yarn.