Lunula Shawl Tester Portal

Hi everyone! Thanks for being a tester!

Here is where you’ll go to find the latest draft of the Lunula Shawl.

During this test, please remember to:

  • Please use the spreadsheet to tell me if an instruction confuses you.
  • Record yarn usage at key points
  • Check in here every day or two for updates
  • Use hashtags #AoibheNi, #CommonThread
    & #LunulaShawl

I’m excited to see what you make of my Lunula shawl.

This shawl is part of my Common Thread collection, which takes its inspiration directly from Ireland’s 8,00 year history of clothing and adornment.

A Lunula is a Bronze Age, pure gold crescent shaped object that was made by hammering pieces of gold flat and smooth. They’re big enough to sit around the neck and rest on the shoulders so it’s believed they were pieces of ceremonial jewellery.

The surface of a lunula is typically decorated with little delicate cross-hatch and diagonal lines that have been tapped into it. The whole effect is incredible.

Originally, this shawl was going to include a nod to those surface decorations, but as I worked I realised the main attraction for me was the simple, shining golden surface and how incredible the craftspeople must have been to be able to tap the metal as thin as they did, so instead of adding lace, I decided to play with the difference between TKS (Tunisian Knit stitch) and TSS (Tunisian Simple Stitch).

And here we are!

Requirements:

You’ll need 5 mm and 5.5 mm regular length hooks for this. Long Tunisian hooks aren’t necessary, but it’s OK if that’s what you have to hand. Two skein of fingering weight yarn will be more than enough. In fact, you’ll likely have a enough left over from the second skein to make tassels.

Yea, I’m chewing over the notion of adding tassles…

I’d love to get this test done on about 4 weeks. I’m not going to set a fast deadline, but a month or so does seems doable, I think.

There’s no need to use Kettle Yarn Co Islington (sample yarn, colourway is Turmeric), but I am ALL for you guys getting some of this stuff. It is pure treasure.

One thing I would ask for, though (cause I forgot) is if you’d all mind recording how much of your yarn you used up to the end of the Concave Panel, the Main Panel and the Convex Panel, so I can add that info to the pattern.
I’d love to be able to give directions to people for a 3-colour version, if they so wish. 

How This Works:

I have prepared a Google Docs spread sheet for this test.

The notion is that each of you get a column to yourselves.

I have numbered the paragraphs in the pdf pattern and numbered the spreadsheet to match.

Your short comments and corrections can be added directly into the appropriate spreadsheet cell, or if you’ve more to say, you can click on the cell, use the shortcut Ctrl+Alt+M (or right click > Comment) and add more text that way without the whole sheet becoming chaotic. The great thing about the latter is that we can have a conversation in annotations without it getting truly bonkers looking on the spreadsheet, so I urge you to do this if you need an answer.

If you don’t know how, worry not. Ask away, and I’ll annotate it when I reply.

You can find the spreadsheet by clicking here:

I’ve added a “Aoibhe Column” for myself and it’s here that I’ll let you all know about undated drafts and what I changed. Please do have a glance at this when you visit the spread sheet.

I’ll make a point of checking in daily, so any question you have won’t go unanswered for long.

I encourage you to post about this on your favourite Social Media platform(s).

Please use hashtags #AoibheNi, #CommonThread and #LunulaShawl when you post progress shots. But please do bring any corrections or pattern concerns to me in the Google Sheet rather than posting them online.

Lastly, thsi pattern is almost entriely universal in its use of terms and stitch names, with one exception. the dc I mention in the pattern is a UK dc. Those of you who speak American, please substitue this for an sc stitch instead.

I will, of course, be making more versions available at the end of this test, but for now, and to stop myself getting confused while editing, I’m sticking to one live document.

Beyond that, folks, I do hope you have fun!

Thank you again!
A x

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