Starburst by Stephen West


August 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 52 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
655 - 1490 yards (599 - 1362 m)
Small (Large)
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Choose all your favorite speckled yarns and knit the large shlanket (shawl + blanket) of your dreams or select three colors for a small version. Short row wedges with colorful stripes form the starburst shape. Pick up stitches and knit along the border to accentuate the jagged edge. A tiny cable completes the shawl with a decorative finish.

Small (Large)

Finished Measurements
19 (28)“ / 48 (71)cm from cable edge to I-cord BO measured at widest part, 78 (125)” / 198 (318)cm wingspan length. Measurements taken after blocking.

Fingering weight


Small Size
Color A - 300yds / 274m (short row wedges)
Colors B & D - 80yds / 73m (thin yarn over stripe & cable shown in the same orange color)
Color C - 275yds / 251m (border)

Large Size
Color A - 975yds / 892m short row wedges
Color B - 40yds / 37m thin yarn over line between short row wedges
Color C - 325yds / 297m (border)
Color D - 150yds / 137m

You will need at least 2 balls and a bit more yarn for color A. The last wedge uses an entire skein or a bit more.

Shown in
Hedgehog Fibres Sock Yarn

Small Size
Color A - Penelope (white speckle)
Color B - Kid You Not (orange)
Color C - Potluck (blue speckle)

Large Size
Color A - Each short row wedge is a different speckled color including Typewriter, Crybaby, Where’s My Bike?, Boombox, and various potluck colors.
Color B - Each color B stripe is a different color including Pollen, Kid You Not, Highlighter, Skinny Dip, Jelly, Coral, Envy, Hush, and Electric.
Color C - Eel
Color D - Night Ride

40” US 4 / 3.5mm circular

8 stitch markers, cable needle, tapestry needle

22 sts & 52 rows = 4” / 10cm in garter

Errata for Printed Copy (Westknits Bestknits 1):

If you are knitting the large size of Starburst, there should be a “place marker” instruction at the beginning of the “Large Size Only” Instructions on page 5.

On the final page, the small size stitch count pick up should read “29 times” instead of 36 times for the pick up.

“Using color C and with RS facing, pick up and k into selvedge starting at the corner near the live sts. (Pick up and k1 selvedge st, m1) 29 times for Small Size or 20 times for Large Size. “

When binding off on the WS at the end of SECTION 3, (k2, k2tog tbl, sl3 sts onto left needle) until all 10 sts are bound off.

These corrections are reflected in our new PDF starburst_4.pdf.

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