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.

Bluestars Shawl pattern by Tabetha Hedrick. www.tabethahedrick.com Bluestars Shawl pattern by Tabetha Hedrick. www.tabethahedrick.com

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.

Bluestars is available now through my website HERE or via Ravelry. And, until November 24th (at 11:59pm), you can snap it up at the fantastic price of $4.25 (regularly $6)! 

skill level
Intermediate

finished measurements
63″/ 160 cm wingspan
29 1/2″/ 75 cm from neck to deepest point

yarn
(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.

needles
Size 6 US (4 mm) 24-inch / 61 cm circular needles
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain correct finished gauge.

notions
tapestry needle

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?

lt3b

lt3b stitch tutorial for Bluestars Shawl by Tabetha HedrickStep 1: When looking at your piece, notice the top garter stitch loop that curves down — that’s the one you’ll be picking up.

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.

lt3b stitch tutorial for Bluestars Shawl by Tabetha HedrickStep 5: With your new stitch sitting at the front of the right-hand needle, use your left-hand needle to lift the picked up stitch.

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.

lt3b stitch tutorial for Bluestars Shawl by Tabetha Hedrick

3-wrap stitch

3-wrap Stitch tutorial for Bluestars Shawl by Tabetha HedrickStep 1: Insert your right-hand needle into the next stitch like a normal knit stitch.

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.”

Cluster Stitch

Cluster stitch tutorial for Bluestars Shawl by Tabetha HedrickStep 1: Bring your yarn between the needles to the front.

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!

Cluster_stitch2

Repeat Steps 1 – 4 for the other 4 stitches.

Cluster stitch tutorial for Bluestars Shawl by Tabetha HedrickStep 5: This is really a 4-step process. 🙂

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!

Cluster_stitch4What do you think? I hope you love this shawl as much as I do. 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Bluestars Release + Tutorials!

  • August 27, 2016 at 5:13 am
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    Do you have any videos to go with the tutorials?

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    • Tabetha
      October 7, 2016 at 5:06 pm
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      Not right now, sadly. I should put that on my to do list!

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