Southern Skies by Audry Nicklin

Southern Skies

May 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1200 - 1272 yards (1097 - 1163 m)
46”/ 117cm diameter
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Southern Skies is an accurate view of the night sky from the South Pole in the form of a pi shawl. It is the sister shawl to Celestarium and cousin to Equatorial Nights. Eyelets and beads are used to represent the stars. Beads are attached using a small crochet hook. The edge of the shawl is a knitted on garter stitch border.

To help keep track of the star placement, stitch markers are placed every 72 stitches once the shawl reaches above 72 stitches. There will always be 72 stitches in between markers. No stitch markers have be moved around to accommodate star placement. The pattern includes a star chart that shows what constellations have been knitted.

Note: The last image on this pattern page shows the different magnitudes of the stars found in this shawl.

Finished measurements:
46” / 117 cm diameter

Suggested yarn:
CephalopodYarns Skinny Bugga!; 424yds/ 387m per 4oz/ 113g; 80% Superwash Merino Wool/ 10% Cashmere/ 10% Nylon; fingering weight: 3 skeins in Charaxes Tiridate

Size 4 US / 3.5 mm:
• needles in preferred style for small
circumference knitting in the round
• circular needle 24” / 60 cm
• circular needle 40” / 100 cm
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

0.75 mm crochet hook for beading,
8 stitch markers, 476 size 6/0 silver-lined crystal seed beads

22 stitches and 28 rows = 4x4” / 10x10 cm in Stockinette stitch
Getting exact gauge is not critical. It is more important to get the row gauge than the stitch gauge. To save time and to ensure accurate sizing, check gauge