Starflake was originally published as the tenth annual Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL. Two colors of fingering weight yarn create a collage of graphic shapes for this top-down shawl. Garter stitch parallelograms with I-cord edges establish the star shape followed by stripes, brioche, short rows, and eyelets. There is also a garter stitch option to knit instead of brioche stitch if you prefer a simpler section.
YouTube technique videos accompany each section of the shawl to help as you knit. A striped I-cord bind off frames the border for this striking shawl.
Size One Size
Finished Measurements 78” / 198cm wingspan length, 27” / 69cm along the center of the shawl. Measurements taken after blocking.
Yarn Fingering weight
Yardage MC – 2 skeins of wool (700yds / 640m total) CC – 2 skeins of wool (700yds / 640m total)
Other Recommended Yarns Garn Surr Søkke Merino The Urban Purl Lux Hi Twist Twisted Fintch BFL Sock Undercover Otter Squirm Sock
Needles US 5 / 3.75mm circular in 40” / 100cm length or size needed to obtain gauge
Needles US 5 / 3.75mm circular in 40” / 100cm length or size needed to obtain gauge.
Notions: 16 stitch markers, tapestry needle
Gauge 22 sts & 48 rows = 4”/10cm in garter stitch (un-blocked). Try to get close to the recommended stitch gauge to ensure you don’t run out of yarn.
Garter Stitch Swatch If you would like to see how your colors interact, I recommend striping the colors together like this…
Knit 2 rows with MC. Knit 2 rows with CC.
Repeat two-row stripes until you get a good sense of your gauge and color interaction.
CHOOSING YARN I recommend choosing two colors that have a high contrast to see the crisp lines and details of the shawl. The shawl will be equally beautiful with a lower contrast if you prefer a softer, more subtle effect. Use solid, semi-solid, or lightly speckled yarns. I would avoid heavily speckled or variegated yarns for this design as they may obscure the design details.
La Bien Aimée Super Sock (75% Merino Wool, 25% Nylon; 465yds/425m per 100g skein) MC – Le Petit Nuage (gray) CC – Bleu Royal (blue)