Theories Anyone?

Why did the designer choose this name?

The question occupies my thoughts as the Midwest Moonlight scarf grows on my needles.  What about this pattern reminded the designer of moonlight?

When I last laid out the scarf to photograph it,  I noticed that the off-kilter squares and grids reminded me of window sashes.  Perhaps one night the designer noticed that the moonlight cast strange shadows of windows on a wall, and a pattern was born.

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Or, perhaps it was a different situation all together.  Who knows?  I just know that I like the way that this pattern looks.

That photo is for Catherine, who wondered what the back of the scarf looks like.  Although I am happy to oblige Ms. Lives in a Shoe, I didn't realize until after I took the photo that it's a photo of the scarf's wrong side.

 

OK, I'm glad I'm not the only one. When you posted a pic of that a few days ago I thought that looked quite pretty but was totally confused as to why Moonlight was in it's name. I wondered if she thought it was little moonbeams coming down... who knows. But I agree, why IS that called Midwest Moonlight?

I'm really liking this for my MIL...is it taking alot of knitting time? Could I add it to my list realistically?

Here's my theory ... The small lacey holes were inspired by a clear midwester winter evening full of flickering stars spanning a moonlit sky. Perhaps I need to get back to work!?

That was fast! It always takes me forever to finish a scarf, mostly because I never work on it. Probably because I always pick boring stitches or patterns . . . circular.

Anyway, the scarf looks good. I've been seeing a lot of these in blogland and was wondering if the pattern would look too squished in wool, but yours seems to hold it's shape well.

And it's always good to see the wrong side . .

My theory is that the scarf pattern is so crisp and the color is very cool. Having moved from Massachusetts to the Midwest, I am always amazed at the differences in light - both sunlight and moonlight. Especially in the winter (perhaps because there is NO light in New England between October and April). In the midwest, it seems that everything is cool and crisp in the evening. That's my theory...

The back looks great too. That pattern is in one of the Walker books and I'm almost positive it is not called anything about moonlight. I'll rummage around and see if I can find it. Under any name, though, it's crisp yet insoucient. (I've been looking through my husband's wine books -- can you tell?)

Aha! Found it on page 263 of "A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns" by Barbara Walker. She calls it "Tilting Block Pattern" which seems to me to be more in line with the appearance of it. I like it a lot either way.

 

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