Alison Crowther-Smith

Shatter Half-Moon Shawl

‘Shatter’ is a half-moon shawl, with a curving design to the segments.  It is knitted flat beginning with a tiny number of stitches and it quickly blossoms out to form a pretty and versatile shawl-ette.

Half-Moon colour wash spread out 1

It is beaded along the swirling segment edges, adding further emphasis to the flow and movement of the work.  An optional knitted border, sewn on afterwards, also has a dynamic quality, with its lace-lines echoing those of the main shawl.

The shawl is named after my favourite cave, Shatter, in Fairy Quarry.  Shatter is a really beautiful cave with many complex and fascinating formations, but the most striking of these is a majestic ‘curtain’ formation.  And so, with this design, I was attempting to capture the drape and simplicity of that formation, at the heart of Shatter Cave.

The pattern offers you three basic options:  Knit it single, in Kidsilk Haze, with beads:

or knit it in a DK yarn – I used Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK, with beads:


Or, knit it in Kidsilk Haze held double and colourwash the shawl:

There are also two options to edge the shawl.  You can knit a simple, beaded lace cast off;  or you can knit a border and sew it on afterwards.

I knitted them all on a long circular needle due to the large number of stitches you have as it grows.  The work is however, knitted flat.

I rate this as easy to intermediate.

You will need

For the single Kidsilk Haze shawl:  

2 balls of Kidsilk Haze

c400 beads, size 6

A long 5mm circular needle

For the DK version:

3 balls (or more) of Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK OR Rowan Pure Wool DK

c400 beads, size 6

A long 4mm circular needle

For the Kidsilk Haze colourwash version:

3 balls of Rowan Kidsilk Haze in 3 shades that you think will blend – I used cream, light grey and dark grey

c400 beads, size 6

A long 5mm circular needle

Cost:  £4 and includes all options.

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