Reach for the Stars by Jem Arrowsmith

Reach for the Stars

June 2021
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
437 - 464 yards (400 - 424 m)
One size
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About this Pattern

It’s such a magical feeling when the stars align and everything falls into place. But it’s not just stars that align, its yarn and patterns too! Reach for the Stars is designed for one skein of variegated fingering weight yarn. Maybe you have a one off skein in your stash waiting for the right pattern to come along to show off its beauty – well, this design is the one to do just that. It’s a fun, quick knit which will make your yarn the star of the show!

The asymmetric triangle is worked in stockinette throughout the body before alternating with starlit zigzags of eyelet mesh towards the border. Once finished this shawl will be one to reach for when you need a reminder that anything is possible!

If you are new to knitting lace, this shawl would be the perfect opportunity to give it a try. Using just yarnover and k2tog stitches to create the lace, each section is worked between markers so you can easily keep count of your stitches. A video tutorial on how to work the yo, k2tog stitch combination can be found here

Stitches Used – Sl1 wyif, knit, purl, kfb, yo, k2tog, ‘yo, k2tog’ lace stitches (video tutorials for all stitches used are linked in the pattern)

Sizes – One size

Measurements – The finished, blocked item has a wingspan of 73” (185cm) and a depth of 20” (51cm)


• 437-464yd / 400-425m, 3.5 oz / 100g 4 ply or fingering weight yarn. The yarn used in the pattern pictures is:
o Pinks and Greens - Under the Olive Tree Knits Chora sock yarn, 75% merino / 25% nylon in the Midsummer colourway
o Dark Blue and Colourful - Under the Olive Tree Knits Sparkle sock yarn, 75% merino / 20% nylon / 5% silver stellina, in the Celestial Ballet colourway
• US size 5 (3.75mm) 32” (80cm) circular needle
• 12 stitch markers
• 1 tapestry needle for weaving in the ends

Gauge: 22 stitches and 33 rows to 4” (10cm) in stockinette stitch after blocking

This pattern has been tech edited and test knitted prior to publication.

Pattern Testimonials

“I am a bit obsessed with Under the Olive Tree Knit patterns. Especially the triangular shawls. I love every one I have made so far, and this was no different. The lace pattern is so pretty, and the pattern is well-written, so even new-to-lace knitters can follow it and succeed” - Karen

“Another great pattern from Jem Arrowsmith of Under the Olive Tree. Pattern well written and easy to follow, with good links to helpful videos” - Linda

“This the first Olive Tree Knits pattern I have used and found it really enjoyable to knit. The pattern was easy to follow. The accompanying videos are really helpful if you need extra help” - Sangeeta

“Reach for the Stars is an enjoyable lace knit easy enough for beginners to get into lace knitting and a ‘TV knit’ for more advanced knitter” - Cindy