Scintillation by Hunter Hammersen

Scintillation

by Hunter Hammersen
Knitting
September 2018
Any gauge - designed for any gauge ?
Because you're not aiming for an exact size, gauge isn't as important as usual. Instead, aim for the tightest fabric you can comfortably manage.
20 - 30 yards (18 - 27 m)
between 1 and 5 inches across
Flag of English English
This pattern is available for $8.00 USD buy it now



Scintilation noun a flash or sparkle of light




I really do feel the tiniest bit shy about admitting how much I love these. I should be knitting sturdy socks or warm hats or maybe even a beautiful sweater. You know, something useful and practical!

But instead, I find myself turning all the tiny scraps in my scraps bin into these. They are just so unspeakably satisfying that I can’t help myself!




What to do with the sweet, silly little things:

  • String them on ribbon or twine and use them as bunting or a garland
  • Make a mobile
  • Use them as party favors or place card holders at your next dinner party
  • Pop one in a card and send it to someone who could use a little extra love
  • Add some lavender or rosemary and tuck one in your sweater drawer
  • Make one to match a baby sweater you’re giving as a gift.
  • Add some catnip and use one as a cat toy
  • Add a rattle insert and use one as a baby toy

Your imagination is the limit here. I suspect you already have a whole host of ideas for exactly how you could use a few of these!




The pattern is tremendously detailed and gives you lots of possible variations to experiment with. You can make stars with 4, 5, or 6 points. You can make them in three different sizes. And you can make them in three different textures.

It’s a quick knit (each star takes a few hours), with as few fiddly bits and as little finishing as possible (no seams to sew, no stitches to pick up, just two ends to weave in). All you need is a few dozen yards of yarn (any weight is fine), a tiny scrap of stuffing, and an afternoon of knitting time.

And just in case you’re feeling a bit nervous, the pattern includes a lengthy photo tutorial to walk you through every step of the process. There are all sorts of helpful tips on everything from what to fill them with to how to block them to how and when to weave in your ends. It’s almost absurdly detailed, but it really does mean you can totally make these!




These are perfect for you if:

  • You need something cheerful and quick
  • You have a jar of yarn leftovers you’ve been wanting to do something with
  • You’re already thinking of all the things you could do with these

They’re not for you if:

  • You’re looking for a somber, serious project
  • You don’t like charts (the pattern uses charts)