This has to be one of my favorite projects of all time, my new pattern, Bluestars. The yarn is positively squishy and divine, the color transitions just enchanting, and the texture … I just love it. It is one sample I will never be giving away! The entire knitting experience was comforting, a welcome respite to the chaos going on my life at the moment. I hope it does the same for you. That said, there are some unique stitches used — they aren’t hard, but definitely not your norm. Scroll down below and you’ll find my handy tutorials for them. In the meantime, may I introduce Bluestars.
Beautiful, textural garter stitch stripes and simple patterning combine to make a striking shawl with an almost ombré-like effect. The results are elegant, sophisticated, and deliciously cozy. Choose your two favorite colors to make a showpiece that you’ll love wearing again and again.
63″/ 160 cm wingspan
29 1/2″/ 75 cm from neck to deepest point
(MC) 510 yds / 466 m Fingering Weight, CYC #2
(CC) 244 yds / 223 m Fingering Weight, CYC #2
Sample shown in: Louet Gems (185 yds / 169 m per 1.75 oz / 50 g ball; 100% Merino Wool): (MC) Teal, 3 skeins. (CC) Caribou, 2 skeins.
Size 6 US (4 mm) 24-inch / 61 cm circular needles
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain correct finished gauge.
20 sts and 24 rows = 4” / 10 cm in Garter Stitch, stretched generously
Please note that while gauge is not critical to the finished piece, it does affect the finished size of the shawl and the amount of yarn used. Adjust this in your planning.
Now, how about those tutorials I promised?
Step 2: Insert your right-hand needle into that top garter stitch ridge from behind.
Step 3: Lift it up and let it stretch a bit.
Step 4: Work the very next stitch on the left-hand needle as normal.
Steps 6 – 7: Pull the lifted stitch up and over the first stitch, right off the needle. Easy peasy! If you look at the back, you’ll see the way the lifted stitch wraps around the old stitch just worked.
Step 2: Wrap your yarn around the needle once, then
Step 3: continue to wrap the yarn around twice more.
Step 4: Pull the old stitch off the left-hand needle and voila! Three wraps are visible as the one “stitch.”
Step 2: Insert your right-hand needle into the first loop of the 3-wrap stitch from the row before, as if to purl.
Step 3: Pull the 3-wrap stitch over letting the two extra yarn overs go.
Step 4: Now it’s a super long stitch!
Repeat Steps 1 – 4 for the other 4 stitches.
a. Bring your working yarn around the front, between the needles, and to the back.
b. Slip the 5 stitches over to the left-hand needle.
c. Bring the working yarn back between the needles to the front.
d. Slide the 5 stitches back over to the right-hand needle.
Repeat parts a – d once more. Then, move your working yarn back between the needles to the front and work the next stitch as normal!