Star Stranded by Jacqueline Cieslak

Star Stranded

both are used in this pattern
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18.5 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stranded stockinette stitch with larger needles
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
300 yards (274 m)
one size: 24.25"/61.5 cm
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STAR STRANDED is a cozy colorwork cowl inspired by the stars. This pattern features simple construction, detailed instructions with photos for understanding basic colorwork techniques, and 3 original video tutorials. It makes for a fun quick project for experienced colorwork knitters or an ideal “first” project for knitters looking to dip their toes into stranded color knitting!


This cowl is designed for a worsted weight wool in two colors.

(MC) main color: Jill Draper Makes Stuff Windham (113g/220yds per skein), a super soft domestic Merino with a classic 4-ply construction

(CC) contrast color: Spincycle Yarns Dream State (100g/150yds per skein), a superwash Merino dyed in the wool to create slow, dramatic color changes throughout each skein

My sample uses Windham in “Copper” and Dream State in “Shades of Earth.”

Yarn requirements in Windham and Dream State:
(MC) main color: 1 skein
(CC) contrast color: 1 skein

Yarn requirements by yardage:
(MC) main color: 150 yds
(CC) contrast color: 150 yds

Yarn requirements by meter:
(MC) main color: 137 meters
(CC) contrast color: 137 meters

Other suitable yarns:

Briggs & Little Regal
Custom Woolen Mills Mule Spinner
Knit Picks Wool of the Andes
Knit Picks Simply Wool

Malabrigo Yarn Rios
Quince & Co. Lark
Mountain Colors 4/8’s Wool
Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Wool

Elemental Affects Cormo
Ritual Dyes Elder
Magpie Fibers Nest
Noro Ito (This is labeled as an Aran but multiple test knitters got gauge with it.)


Gauge: 18.5 sts and 28 rows over 4”/10 cm in blocked stockinette stitch on main needles and stranded colorwork on larger needles
Recommended needles:
Main needles for ribbing and stockinette: US 5 (3.75 mm) 24”/60 cm
Larger needles for stranded colorwork: US 7 (4.5 mm) 24”/60 cm
Notions: stitch markers, darning needle


The following original video tutorials were created for this pattern:

  1. Colorwork Swatch
  2. Color Dominance
  3. Picking Up Floats


See pictures of other Star Stranded cowls and share pictures of your own progress on Instagram with the hashtag #StarStrandedCowl. Be sure to tag @jacquelinecieslak too!