Brushing Stars by Emily Walton

Brushing Stars

September 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1800 yards (1646 m)
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SIZE: Approximately 93” by 38.5”, blocked.


Expression Fiber Arts Resilient Superwash Merino Sock

Shown in colors : (a) Timekeeper, (b) Glass Blue and (c) Blue Peonies

(a) 2 skeins, (b) 2 skeins, (c) 1 skein

If those colors aren’t available, any from this category will work. We used a total of 1800 yards for the sample shown, but you can adjust yours to be smaller or larger.

NEEDLES: US size 5 (3.75 mm) 32” circular needle (to accommodate the large number of sts at the end)

Advanced Beginner - This pattern is suited to adventurous beginners looking to add some increasing skills and textured stitches to their repertoire.

Notes From the Designer:

•Fall is coming! Snuggle up in this wonderfully large shawl as those evening temperatures start to plummet and campfire season begins. Compact garter stitch and stripes of star stitch come together to create an accessory piece that’s both warm and visually appealing.

•Choose three complimentary colors for a subtle look, strongly contrasting colors for something that pops, or even just one color for an elegant neutral piece that can be worn with almost anything.

•This pattern can be modified fairly easily. Work a longer or shorter garter section, lengthen or add more star stitch sections, increase or decrease the total number of sts to achieve your preferred size; anything goes! I like to create patterns that are easily adjusted so you can create something that suits your personal taste.

•I work a lot of early mornings, which has me leaving my house in the wee hours before dawn. I’m always struck by the brightness of the stars at that time, and how they appear to be close enough to touch. This pattern was meant to emulate that, and the way you sometimes see patches of stars peeking through thin bands of clouds. I hope you enjoy that feeling with this shawl, even if you don’t want to get up before dawn to experience the real thing (who could blame you?).

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“I will love the light for it shows me the way; yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars.” -Og Mandino