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  • This is a PDF knitting pattern

    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.

    Fingering weight

    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

    US 5 / 3.75mm circular in 40” /
    100cm length or size needed to obtain

    US 5 / 3.75mm circular in 40” / 100cm length or size needed to obtain gauge.

    16 stitch markers, tapestry

    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.

    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)